Ellen Derksen

Date of Death: Apr 13, 2020
Ellen Derksen

1932 - 2020

Ellen Derksen, 87, was welcomed home by her Lord and Savior on April 13, 2020.

Ellen was born June 18, 1932, in Fond du Lac, WI to Melvin and Gertie Kastein. Ellen was raised in the Brandon area, and graduated from Brandon High School in 1950. On January 12, 1951, she was united in marriage to Clifford Derksen, and they resided in the Waupun and Fox Lake areas their entire life. Ellen’s priority in life was raising her seven children. She was a loving mother, grandma, and great- grandma, who would do anything to help. She also helped on the farm, and worked part-time jobs to help the family. She was an avid craftsperson; sewing, knitting, crocheting, ceramics, and more. But her passion was quilting. Many family and friends treasure her exquisitely hand-made quilts, afghans, and other items. Cliff and Ellen were charter members of Trinity Reformed Church in Waupun, where Ellen was a member of the Women’s Guild, and served on various service committees. They were life-long members of the church. They spent several summers at Lake Arrowhead Campground near Montello, where they had a permanent campsite. It was their “second neighborhood,” and they had many friends there.

She is survived by five children: Diane (Phil) Simon of Fond du Lac, Ron (Phyllis) Derksen of Schnecksville PA, Delaine (Wayne) Zuhlke of Beaver Dam, Carol Derksen of Oshkosh, and Carla (Jim) Peterson of Kewaskum. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Jeremy (Nicole) Simon, Nicole (Jason) Berg, Maggie (Steve) Colton, Jason (Tifany) Derksen, Adam (Jenny) Derksen, Casey (Liz) Derksen, Mickey (Amanda) Derksen, Christi (Marty) Nothstein, Heather (Mike) Ingersoll, Josh Zuhlke, Alyssa Zuhlke, and Sarah Peterson. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Kathy Terpstra, of Pella Iowa. Ellen had 27 great-grandchildren who will cherish her memory.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Cliff, and two sons, Paul and Randy, her brother Russell and sister Ruth, brothers-and sisters-in-law, Grace and Arnold Visser, Warren and Kathryn Derksen, and Afton Terpstra.


Private family services will be held.



  1. My deepest sympathies to you, a most wonderful family. I know you have many sweet memories as I do. What a special lady, one could see the love of Christ shining through her life. Sincerely with lots of love, Kathy

  2. Cindy Sullivan Says: April 14, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    Deepest sympathy to everyone. Ellen was short in stature but tall with love ??. Nothing but fond memories of her and that beautiful smile. One of Trinity Church’s wonderful women I will never forget. Love always. Cindy Sullivan

  3. Jim Schrader Says: April 14, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the Derksen family?. Jim and Tammy Schrader

  4. Dennis and Julie Derksen Says: April 14, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Ellen was not only our Aunt but our neighbor for many years. We have great memories of her visiting and watching our kids grow up. Had great times going to Schaumburgs together, playing a game of Rook after with lots of laughter and a great dessert. Ellen raised a wonderful loving family and she will be missed. Our deepest sympathy for a special Aunt.
    Love, Dennis and Julie

  5. Dick $ Linda Brace Says: April 15, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Dianne & Phil, we are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing at this time of separation. You will be in our prayers at this time of grief. May many good memories sustain you in all the days ahead. Dick & Linda Brace

  6. Mary White Says: April 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    My sympathy to you Carol and the rest of your family. Gods speed to you all in your time of sorrow and these difficult times we are facing.

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