Julie and I were setting around last night, after we received word of Ellena’s passing, and were reflecting on some times we shared with her. I would like this thread to be used for that. If you have a moment you shared with Ellena, or even just something you admired about her from a distance, that you would like to share with us and the Gallusser family please post it here. After a couple weeks I’ll compile the stories and post them on Eric’s Facebook page so he can share them with his family if he would like.
Ellena was an encourager and loved to be involved. When I was dabbling in disc golf apparel (Throw Disc Golf Gear) I started a team. Team Throw. Ellena was the honorary “Team Throw Mom”. I’m not really sure but I think she gave herself that title, which is fine because it fit her.
She was constantly encouraging and positive to everyone she spoke to on and off the course. I’m not sure that I ever saw her without a smile on her face. One particular moment I remember she was an encouragement to me was on the way back from the Lexington Open about two years ago. Disc golf burnout was really starting to set in for me and I was feeling pretty down and deflated about my involvement in the sport. On the way home Ellena invited Julie and I to stop and have diner at a restaurant with her and Keith (I think it was Keith anyway). We just talked and cut up and had some good conversations. I still remember a bit of what we talked about. As our meal wrapped, the bill came and Ellena snatched it from the table and demanded to pay it. She told Julie and I how much she appreciated everything that we had done for the sport and, specifically Keith and Eric. She said she just wanted to take the time to talk with us and give us this little blessing. Her gesture meant the world to us and encouraged us to stick around at least a little while longer.
The world needs more people like Ellena Gallusser. That infectious smile and laugh and constant positive, outgoing attitude made an impact on me. Julie and I miss her dearly.