In the early hours of October 5th, 2022, Ellen Ena Reger, 75, passed peacefully in her sleep in Yorktown, Virginia after dealing with complications from a stroke.
Born May 7th, 1947 in Merrill, Wisconsin, to Fred and Ena Reger, Ellen enjoyed going to the county fair, being with her friends, and Green Bay Packer football. After graduating Merrill High School in 1965, she attended beautician school in Milwaukee and later achieved a degree in nursing and went on to become a Registered Nurse in Wausau, Wisconsin.
In the late 80’s, growing tired of Wisconsin’s balmy winters and looking for a change, she moved to Williamsburg, Virginia. There she had her only child, Derrick Reger, in 1989 and continued her nursing career at Eastern State Hospital. Her love and compassion in raising Derrick was awe-inspiring. She opened the world for him and herself through travel, adventure, love, and support.
In her free time, Ellen loved gardening, reading, bird watching, and taking care of her cat. She loved going on frequent walks in Colonial Williamsburg. After retiring from nursing in 2012, her door was always open for visiting neighbors to keep her company on Lake Pasbehegh. She kept busy by volunteering at Jamestown Settlement and the Kimball Theater.
Ellen is survived by her sister Gayla Reger, son Derrick (Courtney) Reger, and two grandsons, Finley Reger and Vince Reger. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 14th at 4pm at Bucktrout Funeral Home of Williamsburg. An additional Celebration will take place in Merrill in Spring 2023.
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