Ellen Glennis Lapp

August 15, 1945 - November 07, 2022


Obituary For Ellen Glennis Lapp

DEFOREST/MORRISONVILLE – Ellen Glennis Lapp, age 77, passed away on November 7, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI. Ellen was born on August 15, 1945 to parents Glenn and Victoria (Weis) Manthe.

Ellen was a 1963 graduate of DeForest High School, where she met her high school sweetheart Jerome Lapp. Ellen and Jerome were married on May 23, 1964 at Zion Lutheran Church in Leeds, WI. Together they raised four children and celebrated fifty-eight years of marriage.

Ellen started her working years at American Family Insurance then went on to start her own business in Ceramics, while also working as custodian for Yahara Elementary School for over 25 years until retirement. She very much enjoyed working with children and being affectionately called “Miss Ellie”. Ellen loved ceramics and was dedicated to teaching ceramics classes to all ages and at various locations, such as, The Colonial Club, MATC, and Oakwood Village. She was a faithful lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Jerome “Jerry” Lapp; children, Lindsey (Tyler) Koppinger, Laurie Lapp, David “Rock” Lapp, Bill (Suzanne) Lapp; grandchildren, Maxwell, Sebastian, and Brendon; siblings, George Manthe, Sid (Jeannie) Manthe, Susan (Lonnie) Kreeger, Gary (Bea) Manthe; sister-in-law, Barbara Manthe; many nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Dennis Manthe.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 18, 2022 at ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH, W6906 County Rd. K, Arlington, WI. A visitation will take place at the church from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, as well as, one hour prior to the service on Friday, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Windsor/DeForest Chapel 6924 Lake Road 608-846-4250


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Memorial Service

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  • 11/17/2022

    Our sincere condolences to the Lapp family Bart & Maria

  • 11/17/2022

    I'm so sorry for your family's loss, I'll be thinking of you Jerry, and sending a big MES hug.

  • 11/17/2022

    Ellen and Jerry gifted my husband and I with a ceramic nativity set as a wedding gift in 1998. When our kids were little, we started a tradition during our Christmas decorating. We wrapped all the ceramic pieces in tissue paper and buried them in a big box with more tissue paper. Our 2 kids, Kylee and Josh took turns pulling out a ceramic figure and then unwrapping it for the nativity scene setup. We had to make it competitive, so whoever pulled out baby Jesus was declared the winner! We still cherish our nativity scene. Love to the Lapp family. If you need anything, please call us. Jeff & Staci Jansen

  • 11/14/2022

    Bill and Rock, Prayers and healing thoughts to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • 11/14/2022

    with sympathy and prayers...many good memories with your family and the basketball games with Bancroft friends....Ellen was a terrific hostess always...Charlotte Richardson

  • 11/14/2022

    I'm so very sorry, loosing a Mom is so incredibly hard, especially a wonderful Mom like yours! I'll never forget the lessons she thought me about ceramics. She was a great lady and will be greatly missed. Much Love and Peace. -Lisa

  • 11/13/2022

    Dear Lapp Family, We are so saddened by the news that Ellen had passed. Our most recent memories of her was when we were first married and the guys played Sunday bball league. It was always a great day when we could spend time with Ellen and Jerry. She is greatly loved and will be greatly missed. We understand your sorrow as she now is in the company of our beloved mothers who are enjoying heaven as well. Our prayers are with you.

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    Jerry and family- so sorry to hear of Ellen's passing. I still use the tasks she taught me to paint ceramics. When I think of Ellen it makes me smile to think of all the lives she touched in my family. Jerry you know that Bob and I love you dearly. We wish we could be with you. We are in Arizona. We will look you up when we get home. Hold the kids tight for us. I know they will be there for you. I felt all the love they have for you at your award ceremony. Lots of love, Bob and Cindy

  • 11/12/2022

    Jerry and Family...I am so sad to hear of Ellens passing. I always enjoyed her and her humor and laughter. My prayers are with you all during this time. Pam Dudley

  • 11/12/2022

    Dear Jerry, Billy, David, Laurie and Lyndsey, so sorry to hear about Ellen! My memory of her was her smile! It lit up the room and she almost always had on on her face! I am sure that the next few days weeks and months will be hard but always remember the promise of our Savior! "I am going to prepare a place for you you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that you may also be where I am. " we will see her smile again! Sending love from Michigan. Jeff and Kelly Schoch

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    Ellen was an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. A lot of people have been blessed by her kindness and hold her close in their hearts. My heart goes out to each of you. Jodi Cruice Konkol and Family

  • 11/12/2022

    Healing thoughts and prayers to you, Jerry, and your family. I'll always remember Ellen for her great smile, twinkling eyes and infectious laugh ♥️🙏🏼

  • 11/11/2022

    My condolences to your family. I worked with Ellen at Yahara and she was a great role model to the children. I always loved it when christmas time rolled around and our Kindergarteners would paint the ceramic trees she would make. Heaven has a new angel to look after us all.


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