Michael J. “Mike” Ellering, 70, of Greenwald, passed away peacefully Feb. 25, 2023, at his home in Greenwald.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, March 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. A private inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday, March 2, and 9:30-10:30 a.m., March 3, at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.

Michael Joseph Ellering was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Melrose, to Anthony and Mary Margaret (Gross) Ellering. After graduating from Melrose High School, Mike was voluntarily drafted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1973. He was united in marriage to Joan Blommel April 7, 1972, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. Mike owned and operated the Woodshed Cabinet Shop until moving to Kerrville, Texas, where he also managed a cabinet shop. While living in Kerrville, Mike also worked as a full-time firefighter. Mike and Joan returned to Greenwald to take over the family farm. After his retirement from farming, he went back to cabinet making and then worked at Stony Creek Dairy until his official retirement.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Mike enjoyed hunting and fishing, riding motorcycles and loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially when it came to playing pool. He also loved helping his family and friends with their cabinet or construction projects.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Joan Ellering, of Greenwald; children Benj (Jenn) Ellering of Spicer, Tammy (Kyle) Beuning of Melrose, Cory (June) Ellering of Melrose, and Perry (Dannielle) Ellering of Melrose; nine grandchildren Gabe, Chloe, Turner, Lauryn, Wyatt, Jack, Kaylee, Faye and Courtney; grandpuppy Remi; mother Mary Margaret Ellering of Melrose; brothers and sister Mark (Janice) Ellering of St. Cloud, Antoinette Evens of Tomball, Texas, Daniel (Norma) Ellering of Sauk Centre, David (Mary) Ellering of St. Cloud, Anthony “Tony” Ellering of St. Cloud, and Jeff (Michelle) Ellering of Columbia Heights.

Michael was preceded in death by his father, Anthony Ellering, June 4, 2012; niece Paige Luethmers; and brothers-in-law Danny and Ned.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.

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