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Barbara J. (Briese) Ely

September 2, 1943 ~ October 7, 2020 (age 77)


Barbara J. Ely (Briese) age 77, of Coloma, passed away Wednesday evening October 7th,  2020 at Harris Villa in Westfield.

She was born September 2, 1943 in Westfield, the daughter of Darwin and Elda (Schrank) Briese Sr.  She married Thomas R. Ely on June 9, 1962 in Coloma.  He preceded her in death on October 30, 2014.

Barbara was a graduate of Westfield High School.  She farmed with her husband in the town of Coloma for several years and also worked at Brakebush in Westfield for several years.  She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will be remembered for her loving smile, care and compassion for others.  She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Coloma.

Decorating cakes was a passion of hers. For many years she decorated cakes to help families celebrate their special occasions.

She is survived by her children, Cindy (Todd) Lewellyn, North Branch, MN. Robert Ely, Berlin and Sara Ely (Jason Bartolaba), Coloma; 10 grandchildren, Adam (Serena) Perschke-Ely, Allen Ely, Thomas (Megan) Lewellyn, Nicole Lewellyn, Bridgette (Michael Peters) Lewellyn, Garrison Walters, Molly Walters, Marqus Ely-Bartolaba, Sadie Bartolaba, Alyssa Bartolaba; her great grandchildren, Tanner, Dillion, Tyler, Gannin, Tracker, Brynn and Delilah.; further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her son, Scott Ely.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Harris Villa for the wonderful care you have given our mother/ grandmother over the last few years of her life.

Private graveside services will be held at the White Cemetery, Coloma.  To share your online condolences with the family please visit,


Due to the COVID crisis and for respect to family and friends private family services will be held.  In lieu flowers memorials may be sent to the family at

Cindy Lewellyn

6272 Glacier Dr.

North Branch, MN 55056

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