Donald R Jacobson, PhD
Ellen was our Administrative Assistant for a several years. Never have I worked with anyone as kind, considerate and helpful as she was. She always cheerfully did everything that was required, and more when she saw something that could be improved or streamlined. It was with sadness, but also encouragement and admiration, that I watched her leave her position with us take a new job that would be both challenging and a growing experience for her. It was a privilege to have worked with Ellen and I told her often that she made working in Medical Physics pleasant.
I will miss her. We often discussed matters concerning our faith, so I look forward to seeing her again. My condolences to Rick, Sara and Scott- I’m sorry that you had to lose her so soon.
Dr. Don Jacobson
I was very sad to learn first of Ellen’s illness a year ago and now her passing. I knew Ellen through work and I can truly say she left a lasting impression on not only me but the entire Radiology department. She was always quick with a smile, helping hand, and praising words. Ellen is truly an angel and although I am sad she is no longer physically with us, I take comfort in the fact that she is watching us from above. My heart goes out to Rick, Sara and Scott may your memories of Ellen be a comfort during this difficult time.
I was truly saddened when I heard of Ellen’s passing. Ellen was a beautiful person! Someone who lived with great dignity and pride, of and for herself and her family. She will live on in the kind words and gentle smiles she shared with us while she lived. I send you all my love and understanding in this time of sorrow. Ellen will be prayed for and remembered by me always.
I met Ellen once a few months ago here at Froedtert. I have been sitting at and caring for her desk at Froedtert for the past few months. The radiology team loves her dearly. I can tell what a wonderful person she was by the impact she had on her coworkers here. I mean, people jumped in a freezing lake for her! Being from Atlanta, I’ve never heard of such a thing. They really loved her very much.
Her story is an inspiration to me to spread love and happiness wherever I go, as she did here. I wish her family peace and comfort during this time. Prayers and blessings to you.
Besides being coworkers, my ‘connection’ to Ellen was through our mutual love of animals, especially dogs. I am a volunteer at the WI Humane Society and Ellen always enjoyed hearing stories about the critters. One day I told her about this sweet big black Lab I had encountered the night before. In his enclosure was a man’s jacket lying on the floor. There was a note on the door asking that the jacket always accompany the dog if he was moved as it belonged to his owner, an older gentleman who had passed away. The dog, Mojo, seemed very sad and no matter what I did I could not get him to wag his tail even a little. Ellen made me stop, saying this was too sad and she didn’t want to hear any more.
The next morning she called me and told me her daughter, Sara, who had previously worked at the HS had called a friend who worked there and got the whole story. Ellen and Sara went over to the Humane Society “just to look” at Mojo. You can guess who went home with them that evening.
Ellen (always E1), you have a place in my heart with all the critters who have gone before.
Give them a big hug for me.
With loving memories
Ellen (E2) Pfeiffer
Ellen and I were office mates and friends. We shared our love for cosmetic products, fashion…especially shoes, family and life experiences on a daily basis at work. She was a very giving, nurturing person, and had a strong faith in God. I felt the love she had for children and that it is ok to spoil them no matter how old to they get; they’re still her babies. I will miss her deeply. I send comforting prayers for Rick, Sara, and Scott. Please know that your wife and mom was an angel to many. Love and God’s Blessings Jennifer Guyton-Gage
Ellen was a very special friend. I knew her for 23 years while I worked at the First Presbyterian Church. I shared with her the loss of her father, Randall Mechling, the joy of watching Sara and Scott grow into loving, caring adults, the devotion of her husband Rick, and the many mutual friends we had made in the Church. Ellen was a loving, gentle, devoted daughter, mother, wife, and friend. I will miss her deeply. My prayers and fond thoughts are with her family. May they be surrounded with God’s love.
Debbi Erickson Smith
Ellen was a wonderful friend. I have great memories of her growing up in Jr. High and High School. She was that special friend, she knew how to brighten your day & always make you laugh. I will miss her dearly. I am so sorry for your loss, I pray that god will guide & bless you all. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbi Erickson Smith
I had the pleasure of working with Ellen for several years, and chatting with her was always a bright spot in my day. She was an incredibly good-natured person, and I appreciate the opportunity to have known her.
Ellen was a wonderful woman, always cheerful. I have missed her these many months during her illness and am grateful to have known her. Our lives are better having had her with us, even for such a short time. – AMK