THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ellen J. Combs
Issue Date: February 27, 2020
Ellen J. (Blanchette) Combs, 76, of Dunbar, passed away Thursday, Feb. 13 at Dickinson County Hospital.
Born Dec. 17, 1943 in Marinette, to the late Napoleon and Bernice (Cerasale) Blanchette, she graduated from Pembine High School in 1961 and earned a Registered Nurse Degree from the University of Wisconsin. She worked for many years as an RN for Cook County Medical in Chicago and as head of Cardiac Care at St. Mary's Hospital in Racine. She married Fred T. Combs on Aug. 7, 1981 at the farm in Union Grove and they moved to the family home in Dunbar in 1992.
A woman of many talents, she enjoyed many crafts, showed her dogs in many dog shows up to national level and was an accomplished painter in oils and watercolor. She loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter and had a passion for trout fishing that helped her become an expert flyfisher and fly tier. She was the founder of Northwoods Flyfishers and operated her own fly tying business for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Fred; children, David Tock of Buffalo, N.Y., Michael (AiJun Zhaio) Tock of Dunbar, Mary (James) Angus of Reedsburg, Jason (Michelle) Combs of Racine and Tracy Combs of Mukwanago; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Erickson Rochon and Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain on Friday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 1 p.m. Fr. Michael Lightner will officiate with burial in Dunbar Cemetery.