Ellen Schaller Gillis

16 October , 19596 May , 2019
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our wife, mother, sister and friend, Ellen Schaller Gillis, daughter of Thelma Schaller and the late George Schaller, on May 6, 2019,

Ellen’s love for children showed in everything she did. Whether it be her long time job with Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education, volunteer at St. Mary’s Church and catechism school for 19 years, or her passion and commitment to her own children and family.

Born on October 16, 1959, she is survived by her loving husband Eugene and children Bradley (Lindsay McLean) and Tessa; her brothers and sisters Colette Schaller Beaton (Ken), George Schaller, Albert Schaller (Debbie), Gordie Schaller (Nancy), Elizabeth Schaller-MacDonald, sister-in-law Roseanne MacLean and brother-in-law Bernard Gillis, step mother-in-law Gloria Gillis and by her many nieces and nephews including her godchildren Ryan Schaller (Meg) and Christian MacLean.

Ellen was predeceased by her father-in-law Fraser Gillis and mother-in-law Theresa Gillis.

Visitation will take place on Friday, May 10 from 7- 9 pm at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 11 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church, East Bay with Fr. Everett MacDow officiating. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

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  • Eugene Gillis, Husband
  • Thelma Schaller, Mother
  • George Schaller, Father
  • Bradley (Lindsay McLean), Son
  • Tessa Gillis, Daughter
  • Colette Schaller Beaton (Ken), Sister
  • George Schaller, Brother
  • Albert Schaller (Debbie), Brother
  • Gordie Schaller (Nancy), Brother
  • Elizabeth Schaller-MacDonald, Sister
  • Roseanne MacLean, Sister-in-law
  • Bernard Gillis, Brother-in-law
  • Gloria Gillis, Step Mother-In-Law
  • Ryan Schaller (Meg) and Christian MacLean, Godchildren
  • Fraser Gillis, Father-in-law
  • Theresa Gillis, Mother-in-law


  • Visitation Friday, 10 May , 2019
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, 11 May , 2019


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Blaine Beaton

13 May 2019

I never met anyone before who was like her . Always a huge smile . Just a beautiful lady who was high on life . You will be sadly missed .

Robert Doucette

11 May 2019

Eugene, Bradley, and Tessa, I was so sorry to hear of Ellen's passing. My brother, sisters, and I had such a great time when Ellen looked after us when we were young. I'll be thinking of you all.

Jane Schaller

11 May 2019

I will always have such happy, positive memories of Ellen from our childhood spent together. Not only was Ellen so much fun to be around but her thoughtfulness and kindness will remain with me forever. I think every child, at some point, experiences that occasion when the neighbourhood kids won't let you join them to play and when those occasions happened for me, I could always count on Ellen to be my friend and playmate. We were more than just cousins. We shared so many laughs and special times. When I reflect upon my childhood memories, Ellen is always there, smiling. Rest in peace, beautiful, gentle soul.

Ellen Landry

10 May 2019

Sending Brad and his family our condolences, so sad to hear about your mom. I only met her the day of your prom, we were two proud moms. She was so sweet and easy to talk to. Thinking of you, Ellen and Nicole Landry.

Edna and Paul AKER

10 May 2019

Sending our deepest love to the family with your losss, Love and light Edna and Paul Aker

Frank & Valerie Mackley

10 May 2019

Eugene and family,
Frank and I were shocked to hear of Ellen’s passing. Such a beautiful, gifted lady whose kindness and gentle smile was so easily given.
Our deepest sympathies Eugene and family and to the Schaller family. May God be with you as you go through this very difficult time.
Frank and Valerie

John and Maureen Gillis

10 May 2019

Our heartfelt condolences to Eugene and family! You are in our thoughts and prayers!

John and Maureen (Dowling) Mikylah and Keenan Gillis

Wanda Quinlan

10 May 2019

Wanda Quinlan

10 May 2019

Ellen I can’t believe I’m writing this , even though time has passed & our children took us our separate paths I knew as a friend you would always be there . So glad we had a chance to catch up last week at your Aunt Olga’s memorial . My heart breaks for your family 💔 !! So glad I spent time last night with them remembering some of our childhood shenanigans . Rest easy my friend , until we meet again . You will be missed by so many love you xoxo ❤️

Andelyn Boutiier Denise Long

10 May 2019

We were saddened to hear of Ellen's sudden passing, our heartfelt condolences are with the family at this time. We wish we could be with the family, unfortunately other commitments prevent us from offering our support in person. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Andelyn Boutilier and Denise Long