METROPOLIS, Ill. – Ellen Ruth Bremer of Metropolis, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2021, shortly before her 93rd birthday. She was surrounded by her relatives.
Ellen was born in 1928 to Chelsea Sigle Williams and Dorothy Clemence (Clark) Williams in Enfield, Illinois, White County. Ellen graduated from Metropolis High School in 1946, after which she pursued training in music (cello and piano) at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Music has always been a part of Ellen Ruth’s life. Growing up, she performed in the Williams Family Goose Hill Band and later in the SIU and the Williams Family Orchestras. She taught the piano to all of her children from an early age and continued to teach the piano to other members of the community until the end of her life.
Participant Ellen met Chaperone Virgil Bremer at an annual Illinois State Fair 4-H competition in Springfield, Illinois. After a brief courtship, they were married on July 17, 1949. Ellen and Virgil have had four children, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren… to this day. Together their legacy includes the Bremer brothers farm, founded in Massac County with Virgil’s brother and continued to this day by descendants of Ellen and Virgil. She supported their family and the business using her organizational, accounting and housekeeping skills. Virgil preceded Ellen in the death of 47 years.
In recent years, she has also enjoyed spending time with her extended family near and far, which has enabled her to travel to Europe and the United States.
Active in the community, Ellen was a 72-year member of the Massac County Homemakers Association as well as a member of the Massac County Agricultural Bureau Women’s Committee and a returning judge.
Ellen Ruth has always been steadfast in her faith in the Lord. She and Virgil taught their family to do the same. She has used her life and training as a living ministry, among other things, also serving as choir director at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Metropolis for over 40 years.
Ellen was predeceased by her parents; husband of 25, Virgil C. Bremer; a sister and brother-in-law Carol and Robert Hausman; sisters-in-law Jeanie Williams, Dorris Williams and brother-in-law Eugene Emerick.
She is survived by the children, Charles (Connie) Bremer, David (Deanna) Bremer, Nancy Bremer and Martha Bremer; brother, Clark Williams; sister, Margaret Emerick; grandchildren, Doyle Bremer, Chelsea Bremer, Chandra (Nick) Homann, Virgil R. (Crystal) Bremer, Marc (Ashley) Bremer, Dora Bremer, Laura (Patrick) Oswald, Brent Schaumburg and Evan Schaumburg; great-grandchildren Olivia, Madilyn, Evelyn, Jocelyn, Ayla, Gage, Anna, Elliot, Edgar and Riley; various nephews and nieces.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the IOOF Cemetery in Metropolis with Reverend Timothy A. Bean and Reverend David Deem officiating. Visits with family will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the cemetery prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the St Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis, IL 62960; or Illinois Lutheran Social Services (LSSI), 1616 W. Main St., No. 1146, Marion, IL 62959.
Arrangements are in the care of Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.aikins