Age 76, of Lansing, MI, passed away June 6, 2017. She was born November 5, 1940, in Haven, KS, to Charles and Bertha Johnston.
Ellen was full of life and loved to have fun. As her children were growing up, she was the mom all the kids wanted to have! She enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting activities. After her kids were grown, she worked as a manager at Kmart for many years.
She is survived by her mother, Bertha Mae Ballantini; her children, Craig (Shawn) Collins of Grand Ledge and Piper (David) Garza of Countryside, IL; stepchildren, Michael (Heather) Stolsky and Stephanie Stolsky; 4 grandchildren, Lauren (Matthew) Leonard, Rick (Courtney) Garza, and Makenzie and Cameron Collins; 3 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Macy, and Hannah Leonard; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Johnston; half sister, Charlene Heath; the love of her life, William Collins; and her husband, Tom Stolsky.
A private family service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Heart Foundation or the National MS Society.