Marsh Funeral Home

305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL


Ellen N. Frew

January 12, 1938September 30, 2019

Ellen N. Frew, age 81, of Waukegan.

Beloved wife of the late Lawrence J. Frew for 28 years. Loving mother of Laurie Ann Frew and John (Gail) Frew. Dear grandma of David (Bobby Vosburgh) Hoffman, Larry Mitchell, Stephanie (Amanda) Tavajian, and Bailey (Ervin) Cabrales. Great-grandma of Jacksen Cabrales and Aiven Cabrales. Aunt of Bob (Karen Morse) Niblack, Jim (Betty) Niblack, and Eileen Niblack. Ellen was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Louise Niblack, her brother Robert Niblack Sr. and great-grandson Paxten Cabrales. Mrs. Frew worked in the Waukegan school district for many years as a substitute teacher. She earned her degree in Special Education from Roosevelt University. Ellen loved all things history. She was a longtime member of the Waukegan Historical Society and spent countless hours rehabbing the current building. She was a published author of “The Niblack Family Chronicles and Genealogy Records”. Ellen was a devoted follower of the Baha’i faith, and served as chairperson of her local spiritual assembly. She will be loved and missed by her family and many friends, who she always put before herself. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 PM at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee. Funeral Service Thursday at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Warren Cemetery.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • Graveside Service Thursday, October 3, 2019


Ellen N. Frew

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Laura Caro

October 2, 2019

Sending up prayers for Ellen and all those who've engaged this kind and loving soul.

"Grant her to behold Thy splendour on the loftiest mount..."

Jan Spears

October 2, 2019

Ellen will be greatly missed, we met on line doing our family genealogy. She even came to Columbus, Indiana and stayed a few days with me . We went to the Indianapolis library which was amazing to us both.. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Jan spears.

Mary Rhodes

October 2, 2019

Ellen could be counted on to attend Baha'i meetings at my house. Her supportive presence reassured me. Sometimes Laurie and Larry would join her, and her love for them was deep. I will miss Ellen's wry sense of humor and keenness. Rest in peace dear friend, and blessings to you as you journey in the next life.

Vicki Mattson

October 1, 2019

So sorry to hear that Ellen has passed away. I will always remember how sweet and thoughtful she was.

Mary Varjavandi

October 1, 2019

Sending condolences and prayers to Ellen's family.
I will always remember Ellen with much fondness...we had many wonderful times together.

Brenda Davis

October 1, 2019

My memories of dear Ellen..She was the first person I met from the Bahai community when I moved here 19 years ago. I had no place to stay when I moved up here from Indiana, and she took me in with open arms and I stayed with her for 3 weeks until my apartment was ready. Ellen is a Blessed soul..with a big heart! She is God's sweet angel now in Abha Kingdom. We will miss you greatly my dear friend. With all of our love - Trudie and Brenda Davis 💕

Mikki McAninch

October 1, 2019

I was never able to meet Ellen personally. We met through an ad I placed in a genealogy magazine almost 30 years ago. We were distant cousins by marriage of her late husband Larrys' maternal line and my late mothers' paternal line, the Powell's who settled in Chicago, IL area and Waterford, WI in the mid 1840s. She was very helpful and kind enough to drive to Waterford cemetery and take photos of two sets of 3rd great-grandparents. She was such a kind and thoughtful person and I am sure her presence will be missed by many. I am just sorry I wasnt able to meet her in person.