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Kristin A. (Dahlen) Ellis, 65, of Forreston, passed away on July 11, 2017, surrounded by her husband and three children. She was born on October 25, 1951 in Rockford, the daughter of Karl J. and Beebe Arline (Nelson) Dahlen. Kristin graduated from Guilford High School. She married Vernon Ellis on September 21, 1996 in Freeport. She was a school secretary for Rockford Public Schools, Hononegah School District and Freeport Public Schools. She worked for Stone's Hallmark in Freeport and enjoyed doing pet photography at Grot Imaging Studio in Dixon. Kristin also ran her own business, Two Sister's Aprons, with her sister Vesta. She always embraced special projects and recently sewed over 100 dresses for donation to Little Dresses for Africa. Kristin was a Master Gardener, a Certified Therapy Dog Handler, and enjoyed doing agility and obedience training with her Border Collies. She was an accomplished, lifelong birder and her passion for this hobby led her to travel across the country from the far reaches of Alaska to Florida. She was also involved with a Macrophotography group and often judged their photo contests. Kristin was always open to learning new skills and enjoyed new experiences. She was a proud homemaker and loved cooking and baking for her family. Above all, Kristin was a wonderful, nurturing Mother and Grandmother, teaching respect for all life.
Kristin is survived by her husband, Vern; children, Chad Corcoran, Kelly (Michael) Pires, and Patrick Cronin; grandchildren, Miranda, Michael, Nicholas, and Gabriel; brothers, Karl (Susan) Dahlen, and David (Roxie) Dahlen. She is predeceased by her parents and sister, Vesta Peterson.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave., Rockford, with Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 on Saturday prior to the service at the Chapel. Burial will follow in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary, 111 N 1st St, Rockford, IL 61107.

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  1. Charles Green

    To Vern and Family Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies with deep compassions are reaching out to you with thoughts of godlike comfort during this time of grief. May you find the love and peace of God as an eternal refuge for everything that hurts within you. Kristin will continue to illumine your thoughts with the creative grace she displayed to you and many others. We hurt with you the knowing pain of loss ourselves. Jesus will wrap you with everlasting arms of consolation and strength. Pastors Charles & Evon Green (414) 617-1801

  2. Marcy Wessels

    Sympathy to all. We did not have the opportunity to meet, but Kristine sounds like an interesting, caring, sharing person, who would be a great friend to anyone she met. May good memories uphold you in the coming days.

  3. Sandra & Michael Taylor

    So sorry for your loss, Vern.❤️

  4. Ivan Velazquez

    Vern and Family So sorry for your loss. It sounds like Kristin was a very active person. I hope that all of you had the chance to share some of those activities with her, and that you cherish those memories forever. Rest in Peace, Kristin.

  5. Linda Gipp

    Kristi was my sister-cousin and will remain so in spirit. She was also my Scrabble-buddy, and we had fun and hilarity on a weekly, if not daily basis. We also shared our aches and pains, and gave each other moral support through our years of aging. I mourn my own loss, but more so that of her husband Vern, and especially her children and grandchildren who I know were so very dear to her. Kristi had many friends; she was extremely talented, had love for all animals in her heart, and was so very caring and comforting to all who knew her. I miss you so much, my dear sister-cousin. ðŸ'•

  6. Terry & Karen Diehl

    Vern your family has our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Nancy Gibson

    To Vernon & family: Please accept my sincere expression of sympathy. (I am a niece of Helen Walters Ellis). So very sorry for your loss.

  8. Miriam McKenna

    Sympathy to each of you as you grieve the loss of Kristin's presence. May sweet memories bring you comfort in these difficult days. Peace be with you, as you forever treasure her life.

  9. Greg and Cheri Haack

    Vern and family, We are very sorry for your loss. May God be with you to comfort and strengthen you.

  10. Tom & Kim Lauer

    You have our deepest sympathy. Although we did not get to know Kristin, we are understanding of Vern's loss. Please know Vern is thought of during this time of need. Tom & Kim Lauer of Sublette IL

  11. Darrell and Jane Kolstad

    Vern and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you and the many memories you have of wife and mother.

  12. Tom & Lorinda Conner

    Our condolences to Kristin's Family from the Grand Canyon HET Chapter. May Gods peace and comfort with you all.

  13. Donald and Theresa Merriman

    May the comfort of family and friends help ease your sorrow. Christine was a kind soul, she will be missed. Praying for your family.

  14. Ona Sidlinger

    You've been with me every minute, my friend. Hugs to you and your boys - all of them, Patrick and Chad, too & Little Miranda, who is probably not little anymore. Your mom was a rare woman, kind and generous and good. She did well in you and your brothers. Look at the amazing person you have always been and the Mother you are. My heart is broken for you and this unimaginable thing. My love to you always.

  15. Diana Bicksler

    So sad to hear of this news. She was too young to leave her family but what a wonderful life she led. Gene and I send our deepest sympathy.

  16. Sheila & Victor Rubdi

    May God's comforting presence abide with you all as you grieve the loss of Kris and as you reminisce your fond memories of her to rejoice and give thanks to God for the remarkable life with which Kris was blessed. We are privileged to have known her and comforted in the thought that she is in the nearer presence of God.

  17. Sheila Ecklund

    We are so sorry for your loss....prayers for all.....

  18. Lisa Mazurek

    My heart breaks for all of you. I'm so sorry for your loss, and I will keep you in my prayers.

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