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Ellen Burgess

December 9, 1937 — August 13, 2019

Ellen Burgess

Ellen H. Burgess December 9, 1937-August 13, 2019 Ellen H. Burgess, 81, of Michigan City, IN, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Life Care Center of Michigan City in Michigan City, IN. She was born December 9, 1937 in Steubenville, Ohio, the daughter of James Morelli and Virginia (Neust) Morelli. Ellen was a former member of the Empire Methodist Church in Stubenville Ohio, instructor for Beauty College in Michigan City for 8 years, owner/operator of Pirates Cove in New Buffalo, and owner/operator of Upholstery Company. She spent her spare time taking food to bereaved families, she was also contacted by the Police Department and accompanied to homes of domestic violence where children were present. Ellen would care for the children until they were placed in foster care or returned to their families. Her hobbies included: Sewing, reading Christian,Amish, and romance novels and playing piano. On March 4, 1959, she married James Burgess who preceded her in death October 3, 2013. She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Ed) Aikman of Hamlet, IN; two sons, Cory (Candi) Burgess of Michigan City, IN, Michael (Amanda) Burgess of Bradenton, FL; eleven grandchildren, Jennifer Hennis, Natasha Burgess, Marcie Burgess, Cory Burgess, Jr., Carisa Burgess, Charlee Burgess, Shellie Schoof, Heather Vann, Laredo Burgess, Hunter Burgess, Katie Burgess; many great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother, Roland Morelli and four sisters, Orega Yanik, Victoria Kosar, June Laughery, Madeline Baker. Ellen was preceded in death by both her parents, daughter, Brenda Burgess, son, James Burgess, Jr., sister, Mary Morelli, brother, Joseph Morelli, brother, Frankie Morelli, sister, Rose Zink, and brother, James Morelli. Arrangements are being entrusted to Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, IN. Services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor choice . Online condolences may be made at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ellen H. Burgess please visit our Sympathy Store.
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