Thusnelda Kuenlen |

Thusnelda Kuenlen

Thusnelda “Ellin” Kuenlen died Sept. 23 peacefully in Grass Valley. She was 98.

A celebration of life is planned for spring 2011.

She was born April 24, 1912, in College Point, N.Y.

In 1950, Ellin moved to Tenafly, N.J., where she lived most of her life with her husband, George, and three children. She was a teacher for Bergen County, N.J., schools and a tennis coach for Fairleigh Dickinson University, also located in New Jersey. She was an avid tennis enthusiast, and a former member of the Tenafly Tennis Club.

In 1980, Ellin moved to Arizona and became the tennis pro at Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg, Ariz. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Sun City, Ariz., where she lived until 2008.

She played tennis as well as bridge for more than 20 years in Sun City, and participated in the Senior Olympics for tennis in Los Angeles, Calif., where she won a bronze medal. 

In 2008, she moved to Grass Valley to live with her daughter where she supported her daughter’s passion for dog rescue. 

She is survived by daughters, Amy Smith of Mahwah, N.J., and Kim Kuenlen of Grass Valley; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband, George Kuenlen, in 1964.

Memorial contributions may be made to Norcal Aussie Rescue, 10556 Combie Road PMB 6200, Auburn, CA, 95602.

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