MADISON-Kristina Gisela Ellerkamp died on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

She was born in Madison on Aug. 5, 1977. A 1995 graduate of Madison East High School, Kristina went on to UW-Madison and completed degrees in Linguistics and Biochemistry. She was currently employed as a Microbiologist for the Wisconsin State Hygiene Lab. An avid reader, she enjoyed science fiction writing especially Orson Scott Card and Isaac Asimov. She loved a good cup of coffee and enjoyed outdoor activities including camping, biking, and kayaking. A wonderful sense of humor, her broad knowledge of subjects that allowed her to contribute to a conversation on nearly any topic and a strong work ethic are strengths that define Kristina. Kristina also loved music of all kinds and during her life, played the violin in a variety of orchestras as well as singing in the Madison Children’s Choir. Above all, she had a love of nature and animals. She adored her orange tabby cat with the catchy name, Cheddar Boy.

Kristina is survived by her parents, Gerhard and Peggy Ellerkamp; brother, Jason (Aleice); sisters, Caroline and Diana (Dan) and their newborn son, Nolan; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Forrest and Valera Grunert and Gerhard O. and Ellinor Ellerkamp; and her aunt, Gisela Harris-Ellerkamp.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Private burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family suggest memorials be given to the American Lung Association or the Dane County Humane Society.

Please share memories at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive
(608)221-5420