Vincent Chellsen, WWII veteran, mourned

DOWNEY - Vincent J. Chellsen, a longtime Downey resident, was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 21 1925 to Hilbert and Marie, and passed away March 19 at the age of 87.Chellsen worked at Marquette National Bank in Minneapolis and at the Union Bank of California as chief auditor. He was active with Knights of Columbus No. 3697 and was a past Grand Knight. He was also active as a lector at St. Dominic Savio Church in Bellflower. He served his country in the Army during World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Chellsen, whom he married on Aug. 8, 1951 in Minneapolis; daughter Cathleen Begley; granddaughter Kerry Chellsen; sisters Mary Cole and Yvonne Wisely; and brother John Chellsen. Chellsen is survived by son Dr. John Chellsen (Marsha) of Stockton, Calif.; daughter Sue VandeMortel (Ted) of Temecula; and son Mike Chellsen (Denise) of San Luis Obispo; grandchildren Brian Chellsen-Fernandez, Tim Begley, Colleen Begley, Chris Chellsen, Adam VandeMortel, Chelsea Vande Mortel, Denise Vande Mortel, Eric Vande Mortel, Jessica Chellsen and David Chellsen; great grandchildren Dylan Chellsen and Chayo Chellsen-Fernandez; and numerous nephews and nieces. Visitation will be held March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary. His funeral Mass will be on March 28 at Saint Dominic Savio Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment will be at the Riverside National Cemetery with military honors.

********** Published: March 24, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 49