OTTUMWA-Ella Christine Minella, 69, of Ottumwa, died at 8:32 a.m. May 13, 2019 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
She was born January 20, 1950 in North Carolina to Henry and Lottie Jablonski Vander Heiden. Chris married Tim Minella and they later divorced.
A graduate of Knoxville High School, Chris had worked as a C.N.A. and a server at JB’s. She was known for her smile, laugh, being positive and inspiring others.
Chris is survived by her son, Jeff (Dovie) Minella; 2 grandchildren, Emily and Brianna; adopted grandchildren, David (Candice), Heather (Yoshi), Jake, Josh (Nisha) and Seth.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Henry Vander Heiden Jr.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Schmidt officiating.
Cremation will follow the services.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the family.