Ellen K. von Bargen, 81

Ellen K. von Bargen, 81, of Keuterville, Idaho passed away at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Ellen was born March 12, 1940 to Nora and Joseph Gehring at their homestead.

She attended St. Gertrude’s Academy in Cottonwood. She married Richard A. von Bargen in Keuterville on May 13, 1961. They lived in California for a short time, before returning to Keuterville, Idaho, where they raised their 4 children.

Ellen was a member of the Holy Cross Parish and Christian Mothers of Keuterville, Idaho. Ellen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 41 years ago. She accepted the challenge with a “use it or lose it” attitude. Her faith, determination, and unwilling attitude to never give up gave her the ability to stay mobile so she could continue to “see what was over the next ridge” until she was given her last challenge of a stroke.

Ellen loved the outdoors, whether it was enjoying the great outdoors with her family, gardening, riding horse or just sitting with Richard watching the hummingbirds on their front porch. Her passion for her doll collection spilled over from her love for little children. Ellen was known for her compassion, faith, inspiration, and selflessness of always putting others’ needs and feelings first.

Ellen is survived by her children; Dan (Jeanie) von Bargen, Donna (Kurt McCann) Mueller, Diana von Bargen, Dean von Bargen. Grandchildren; Casi (Justin)Hill. Chase (Emma)Mueller, Shelby von Bargen, Shayla von Bargen. great grandchildren Chloe Hill, Jacoby Hill,
Rylynn von Bargen, and Audrey Ellen Mueller, her brother Vern Gehring, sister Patty Gehring and sister-in-law Bonnie Gehring.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, father, mother, brother, son-in-law, mother and father in-law, 7 sisters in-law and 6 brothers in-law.

A public viewing will be on Wednesday, July 21 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. A rosary will be held Thursday, July 22 at 9:00 am, mass at 9:30 am at the Holy Cross Church in Keuterville. Burial will be at the Keuterville cemetery, with a reception luncheon to follow at the Keuterville Hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to

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  • Donna says:

    All my prayers

  • Randy and Vicki Shears says:

    We always admired Ellen and her courage. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

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