MINNEAPOLIS, MN [MW / OCA Communications] — Resa Ellison, choir director at Saint Mary Cathedral here, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of Sunday, January 3, 2010 after a two month illness.

The daughter of the Rev. James and Linda Ellison of Saint Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Urbana, IL, Resa was admitted to Unity Hospital, Fridley, MN, on Sunday, November 8 after being diagnosed with H1N1 and an aggressive form of pneumonia.  By November 18, as reported in a request for prayers on the web site of the Diocese of the Midwest and the Orthodox Church in America, her condition had become grave.  Breathing with the assistance of a ventilator, she remained in an induced coma.  In late December, she was transferred to the University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis.

Resa was a graduate of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY.  She directed the cathedral choir for three years.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.  A family blog — — features links through which notes of support to her parents and family and memorial donations may be made.

May the Lord Jesus Christ, our Life and Resurrection, grant her eternal rest, and may her memory be eternal.

The Cathedral office has set up a fund to support the Ellison family with some of the extraordinary costs associated with her illness.  Online donating to Resa Ellison Fund can be made through Razoo at
Checks payable to
St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral (memo Resa Ellison Fund)
1701 Fifth St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

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