Memorial Services for Ella Marie Voelker, 101, of Stanton, will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2023, at the Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Avenue. Reverend Linda Mohr will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior at the chapel. Burial will be at a later date. Home for Funerals is in charge of the arrangements. The service will be livestreamed on the funeral home’s website.
Ella Marie Voelker (Pont) was born in Salina, Kansas to Carl and Leona Dorau (Spunaugle), January 3, 1922, and passed away peacefully Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Stanton Health Center, Stanton, Nebraska.
When Ella was an infant, her mother had a fatal car accident, after which she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Dewey and Sylvia Pont of Stanton. Their three daughters became her sisters. Ella described herself as the “leader” of her sisters.
After graduating from Stanton High School in 1940, Ella was united in marriage to Alfred Voelker of Stanton, Nebraska, May 25, 1941. Al and Ella farmed together Southwest of Stanton until 2002. They were married 74 years until Alfred’s death in 2016.
Ella was very precise and creative. She applied these talents to sewing, quilting, crocheting, and educating others in 4-H. Many local organizations benefited from her bookkeeping and organizational skills.
In 2002, Al and Ella moved to a house in Stanton, NE. In 2015, Al and Ella moved to Stanton Health Center. Ella remained in this assisted living location until 2021 when she moved to Heritage Fountain Point assisted living in Norfolk. While there, Ella celebrated her 100th birthday. In 2022, Ella moved to Stanton Health Center and celebrated her 101st birthday there in 2023.
Her hobbies were baking, ballroom dancing, and playing cards. She played cards every week her entire life, even with limited vision in her later years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred, her son Donald, sisters Althea Heller (Pont) and Betty Crane (Pont).
Survivors are four children; Alfred James (Gwen) Voelker of North Platte, Jean (Fred) Fuhrmann of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Carol (John) Vaught of Stanton, and Kelly Voelker of Norfolk; one sister, Ilene McMahon (Pont) of Littleton, Colorado, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.