Donna Theresa Ell, 55, Bismarck, passed away April 28, 2018, at St. Alexius Hospital after a brave 13-year battle with cancer. Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Church of the Ascension, Bismarck. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.
Visitation will be on Friday, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Bismarck Funeral Home and continue one hour prior to the service at the church.
Donna was born September 23, 1962, in Bismarck to Hilbert and Angie (Riederer) Hoffmann. On May 16, 1986, she married Ronald Ell. On July 12, 1990, they were blessed with their daughter, Theresa.
She was employed at EMC Insurance Company for 34 years. She retired in September 2017 due to her declining health.
Donna loved to travel to Disney World and Disneyland. She made many trips there with Ron and Theresa, and they had many happy memories at these parks. Most recently, she traveled with Ron, Theresa and Evan to both parks. She called these her “happy places,” where she could go when things were tough. She had a deep love for her family, friends and cats that will be greatly missed.
Donna is survived by her husband, Ronald; her daughter and son-in-law, Theresa (Evan) Quist; her parents Hilbert and Angie (Riederer) Hoffmann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Dave (Adele) Ell, Jim Ell, Wayne (Dottie) Ell, Randy (Julie) Ell, Jerry (Holly) Ell, Danny Ell, John (Linda) Ell; many nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Journey.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Jerome and Florence (Sherman) Riederer and Robert and Clara (Kruckenberg) Hoffmann; her mother and father in-law, Anton and Virginia Ell; and one unborn grandchild.
The family would like to express a sincere thank you to Dr. Bible and his staff and Mayo Clinic and the nurses who cared for her at St. Alexis Hospital, especially Jacob.