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February 23, 1989 – Sunday, March 29, 2009

Service Information

Friday April 3, 2009

Visitation Information

Anthony Virgil “Tony” Ellis, age 20, died Sunday, March 29, 2009.

He was born in Robbinsdale on February 23rd, 1989 the son of Shawn & Tamara (Remer) Ellis.

Tony graduated from Buffalo High School in 2007.

He was a year round musician playing guitar and writing inspiring music. His rock band, “Blood Root Mother” is a local, up and coming band with a large following.

Tony also worked as a roofer with his uncle Michael Remer and was employed part time at BJ’s Deli.

Survived by his parents: Shawn & Tamara Ellis of Buffalo; a sister: Melissa Ellis at home; maternal grandmother: Marian Remer of Waverly; paternal grandparents: Patricia & Jay Hammerstrom of St. Michael; uncles & aunts: Tom Oprzedek Jr. of Chicago, David (Nancy) Remer of Montrose, Michael Remer of Cokato, Douglas (Diane) Remer of Howard Lake, Sandra (Tom Otto) Remer of Minneapolis, Roger (Carol) Remer of Waverly, Heidi (Michael) Potter of Albertville, Natalie (Mark) Richman of East Brunswick, New Jersey, Darren (Kris) Remer of Howard Lake (Tony’s Godparents), Lynette (Jerome) Williamson of Waverly, and Lynn Remer-Springman of Buffalo; a host of other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by maternal grandfather: Clemens Remer in 1980 and by uncles James Remer in 1973 and Bradley Remer in 1998.

Funeral service for Tony Ellis will be held on Friday, April 3rd at 10:30 A.M. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor Judy Burgett Winzig will officiate.

A visitation will also be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo on Thursday, April 2nd from 4-8 P.M. Further visitation will take place on Friday morning, April 3rd one hour prior to services at the church.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.

15 Guestbook Entries

  1. Hollie Athen

    My condolences to you and your family. He was a friend to many and will be missed greatly.

  2. April Hickman

    We will miss his smile and personality

  3. Kat Holcombe

    I love you Tony…many good were a great friend.

  4. Tracy Kebhart

    To Tony’s family I will pray for healing. I am a Mom of one of Tony’s classmates from Buffalo. I wish there was a way to take away some of the pain you must be feeling. Just know we will pray for you and for him!

  5. Denise Schillewaert

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family. I only knew Tony as a child, as we grew up across the street from you. As a mother myself I can only imagine the pain you are feeling. May the Lord give you strength and healing.

  6. Judy Richter

    Tony was a good friend of my daughter, Elizabeth Schoenle, the times he was at our house he was always polite and friendly I enjoyed talking with Tony and appreciated greatly when he surprised me with a visit while I was hospitalized after a stroke in 2004. what a dear young man! my heart is heavy with sadness. I will continue to pray for his family and friends that they may find peace and comfort during this terrible time, in Christ’s Love,
    Judy Richter (formerly Kolstad)

  7. Kevin & Sherry Hancock  Family

    Tammy, Shawn and Melissa
    We remember Tony as the boy with the big smile and contagious laugh. We are deeply saddened to hear of his passing and pray that your many happy memories of Tony will soon outweigh the sadness of your loss. It is in memories that we find those that are missing…..gone but we’re not apart.

  8. Judy Potter

    God Bless your family and embrace you through this time. My Prayers are with you. XXXO

  9. Liz Parise

    Dear Shawn,Tammy and Melissa,
    So very sorry to hear of Tony’s passing.I knew Tony through my daughters Amanda and Paulina.It was always a great pleasure to see Tony– whether at my home or running into him at B.J.’s.I will remember his contagious smile and how polite and caring a young man Tony was.He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of sharing in his company.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.May the Lord lift the heaviness from your hearts and allow you to take pleasure in your memories of Tony.
    Liz Parise

  10. Kat Coats

    Tony, I hope your soul feels release from this world.
    Ellis Family- My deepest condolences. I hope you feel at peace, and are able to remember the happiness Tony brought to everyone.
    Peace and Love.

  11. Jarvis and Wendykay O'sell

    Dear Shawn, Tammy and Melissa,
    Our hearts our full of sorrow for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Friends and the Lord will help you get through this time of loss and pain.
    Jarvis, Wendykay and family

  12. Tonia Poncius

    Dear Ellis Family,
    I am so sad to hear about the loss of Tony ~ I was one of his 6th grade teachers and just last summer saw him at B.J.’s. I said to him that day – “Hi Tony” and he looked at me and said “Wow you still remember me!” I then said back – how could I have forgotten you! He will be missed by many! My the wonderful memories that you have bring you peace now, and during your days ahead. With love and great sympathy!
    Tonia Poncius

  13. Jarvis,Wendykay and Family

    Tammy, Shawn and Melissa
    Our hearts are full of sadness for you. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. We hope Friends and the Lord can help ease your pain and sorrow.
    Jarvis, Wendykay and family

  14. Jarvis, Wendykay and family

    Tammy, Shawn and Melissa
    Our hearts are full of sadness for you. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. We hope Friends and the Lord can help ease your pain and sorrow.
    Jarvis, Wendykay and family

  15. Jodi Olson

    Tammy and family,
    I only knew Toni as a little boy, I grew up across the street. But I do know that he was a very sweet boy and was loved very much! Your family will be in our thought and prayers


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