Ellen V. Nasello French


Ellen Vincette Nasello French died on the evening of March 2, 2020, in her home in Shawnee, KS surrounded by family and friends.

Ellen was born to Lois and Andrew Nasello in San Diego, CA in 1949. As a U.S. Marine Corps family, they traveled quite extensively in Ellen’s early years. Ellen and her parents lived in the Philippines, San Diego, South Carolina and Sweden before settling in Vista, CA in 1961. Ellen attended Vista High School (Class of 1968), earned a bachelor’s degree at Redlands University (Class of 1972), and did postgraduate work at the University of California at Irvine. Ellen dedicated her professional life for over 30 years to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the world’s largest specialty nursing association. She worked as Convention Secretary, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Communications and Publications Manager, Managing Editor, Publishing Director and Recognition Specialist.

Ellen’s creativeness and passions in her profession were exceeded only by her dedication to her family and hobbies. She was a gifted baker and was widely known for her Christmas cookies. She enjoyed travel for work and fun. Ellen and her husband John drove countless miles across the country visiting family, friends and colleagues. She also made trips to Europe and Japan to visit those she loved. She enjoyed books, wine, exercise, gourmet dining and theater (as a season ticket holder for Laguna Playhouse and KC Rep, and as a frequent traveler to Broadway shows in NYC). A walking half-marathoner, she traveled to many races and always combined her hobbies with her friends.

Ellen was also an enthusiastic patron of music. She enjoyed concerts and made attending performances by her husband, children and grandchildren a priority. Ellen and John were also supporters of Irvine Youth Symphony, Arrowbear Music Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy.

Ellen is survived by her husband John Thomas French, sons Jack (Jackie), Mike (Tricia), and Chris (Nicole), and daughter Nell (Darren). She is also mourned by her grandchildren Olivia, Matthew, Luke, Katharine, Elizabeth, Angelina, Anastasia and Tessa, and by her sister Chrisanda Nasello Dausman (Del).


A memorial to celebrate the life and legacy of Ellen will be held at Hope Lutheran Church (6308 Quivira Road in Shawnee, KS) at 11am on Saturday, April 25.

Memorial Contributions

Contributions may be given in Ellen’s name to the Music Ministry at Hope Lutheran Church and School.


  1. Our sincerest condolences to John and the family in this time of loss. I became friends with Ellen and John in Orange County, and was at Jack’s baptism. Over the years we kept in touch, too few time sin person, but in many other ways. She was an amazing person professionally and personally, and waged a gallant struggle against cancer. May she res tin peace, and may light perpetual shine upon her.

  2. Cindy Nates on May 1, 2020 at 11:54 am

    We were so lucky to have met Ellen when she joined our bookclub. She was a joy to know and she will be missed. I personally will keep her in my heart for a long time to come. Prayers to her family.

    • Sister Maurita Soukup, RSM, RN, MSN, PhD on August 10, 2020 at 11:13 am

      John, family and AACN Colleagues,

      Through her many roles in the American Association of Critical Care Nursing over the years, Ellen was truly a dedicated, diligent leader.  She shared her expertise in so many wonderful ways, including mentoring others and in advancing the art and science of critical care nursing, locally and globally.  Simply ~~ She touched many hearts, including mine. In prayer and care, Sr Maurita

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