Ellen Burgess, 1937-2019

Ellen H. Burgess, 81, of Michigan City, IN, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Life Care Center of Michigan City in Michigan City, IN.

She was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Steubenville, OH, the daughter of James Morelli and Virginia (Neust) Morelli.

Ellen was a former member of the Empire Methodist Church in Steubenville, instructor for Beauty College in Michigan City for 8 years, owner/operator of Pirates Cove in New Buffalo, MI, 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 them 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 Oct. 3, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Ed) Aikman of Hamlet, IN; two sons, Cory (Candi) Burgess of Michigan City, IN, and Michael (Amanda) Burgess of Bradenton, FL; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Hennis, Natasha Burgess, Marcie Burgess, Cory Burgess Jr., Carisa Burgess, Charlee Burgess, Shellie Schoof, Heather Vann, Laredo Burgess, Hunter Burgess, and Katie Burgess; many great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; brother, Roland Morelli; and four sisters, Orega Yanik, Victoria Kosar, June Laughery and Madeline Baker.

Ellen was preceded in death by 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.

Services will be held at a later date. Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

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