Print This Page

Ellen M. Kwakenat, age 82, of Buffalo passed away at the Buffalo Hospital on Monday, March 6, 2023.

She was born on February 2, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN the daughter of Stanley and Eleanor (Bendickson) Thompson.

On September 23, 1961 Ellen Thompson and Timothy Kwakenat were united in marriage at Richfield Lutheran Church.  Together they raised their children, first in Minneapolis, then near Maple Lake, MN.  After the kids were raised and out of school, Tim and Ellen moved to Buffalo and Ellen returned to the workforce.  She was employed in the printing industry, in customer service, until her retirement.  Ellen enjoyed traveling with Tim and their family to many different places.  The grandkids loved going with grandma and grandpa on camping trips in their motorhome.

She got the opportunity to visit the Scandinavian area a couple of times.  Along with the west and east coasts and places in between.  In later years, she enjoyed sticking closer to home and enjoyed hosting Sunday afternoon gatherings and epic holiday celebrations.  There was often a puzzle on the table to add a few pieces to and the bird feeders that she enjoyed to watch so much.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Tim, in 2015 and her parents, Stanley and Eleanor.

She is survived by children Tracy (Kevin) Ahlm, Todd Kwakenat, Rob (Tina) Kwakenat and Amy (Shannon) Kreklau; grandchildren Nicole and Kyle Kwakenat, Molly Kwakenat, Katlyn Krecklau and Danielle (Chase) Hofer; great-grandchildren Ali, Xavier, Harper and Roxsand; sisters Kathy Kwakenat, Jane Riehm and Jennifer Thompson; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

A memorial service for Ellen Kwakenat will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 1:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN.  Pastor Dean Brown will officiate.

A visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Patti (Geyen)Kranz

    Tracy,so very sorry to hear of your Moms passing.

  2. Judy and Don Swanson

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family in the loss of your mom, sister, and grandmother. Your mom and dad were dear friends of ours for many years! We raised our families together, had fun times together and shared very memorable moments together! Your family will be in our prayers as you go through this difficult time!


Submit a Guestbook Entry

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *