Ellyn Lynn Peters Gessell, 70, died peacefully of natural causes on March 22, 2022. She was born May 25, 1951. She will be dearly missed by her sister Priscilla Rogn, her four children: Melissa (Scott) Springer, Nathanial (Kathy) Peters, Rebecca (Matt) Peters and Jessica (Mark) Wimmer. Ellyn had four grandchildren that she adored: Rachael (Dan) Fritz, Ryan (Alyssa) Springer, Nicholas Peters (Becca), and Ariana Peters and two great-granddaughters Morgan Fritz and Everly Springer. Ellyn was preceded in death by her mother Vivian Rogn & her life partner Willie Higgins.
Before retirement, Ellyn was a successful commercial real-estate broker in Wausau.
Ellyn had many passions in life. She was deeply spiritual. She loved the fine arts, including music; it was always playing, adored ballet and dancing, loved nature and gardening; tending and talking to her plants and had an appreciation for beautiful paintings & pictures. She loved animals and enjoyed taking walks with her dog Chloe. Ellyn loved literature and loved to write, she was fascinated by many topics and enjoyed researching, learning and never missed an opportunity to engage in a lively debate. Not a day went by that Ellyn didn't read and journal.
Ellyn will be missed for her kind heart and helpful spirit. She could talk to anyone, and many friends and family were touched by her energetic and colorful personality. Her home always had an open door. She was known to make a strong pot of coffee and talk with her close friends for hours. She had a love for music and remarkable knack to pick just the right song for any situation or mood.
The visitation and memorial service will be held at Hildebrand Funeral Home, 24 E. Davenport St., Rhinelander, WI 54501 on Saturday, April 16, 2022. The visitation will take place from noon until 2 p.m. The memorial service will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m., with a social gathering including refreshments to follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Ellyn may be given to the Oneida County Humane Society, 1852 N. Stevens St., Rhinelander, WI 54501; www.ochspets.org/adoptions/dogs/.
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