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Ellen J. Burmeister

October 19, 1936 January 10, 2019
Ellen J. Burmeister
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Ellen J. Burmeister of Reeders the daughter of the late John and Isabella Rizzo passed away at 82 years old surrounded by her family on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Ellen was the loving wife of Henry Burmeister. They would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on January 31, 2019.

Ellen was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on October 19, 1936. Ellen attended St. Michael’s School in Union City, New Jersey, and Rogers Secretarial School in West New York, New Jersey. She was a professional dancer who owned and operated Dance Arts Inc. in Blairstown, New Jersey. She retired in 1997. After retirement, she wrote and published three books—What Have I Done?, A Time for Everything, and Destined for Deception. She also served in home health care and assisted elderly people. Ellen loved flowers and had many plants and flowers inside and outside of her home.
Ellen was a member of Reeders United Methodist Church and taught adult Sunday School. She was also the president of United Methodist Women in 2016 and 2017. In addition, she volunteered with Vacation Bible School and regularly led Bible Studies in her home.

Ellen had three children—Henry Burmeister (Karen) of Rockaway Township, New Jersey; Dr. Mary Ellen Rock of Reeders, Pennsylvania; and Wendy Bry (Jim) of Petersburg, New Jersey. She was the grandmother of seven grandchildren. Three in Rockaway Township, New Jersey; several in Petersburg, New Jersey; and Chrisanna Rock Rogers (Dylan) of Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, who was raised in Reeders. She was also the great grandmother to a granddaughter in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. She had one sister, Kathleen Parisi Moore, who is deceased, a niece, Rachel Moore, and nephew, David Parisi.

Funeral services will be held 12 PM, Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Reeders United Methodist Church in Reeders with Rev. Sean Dougherty and Pastor James Bry officiating,
Family and friends are welcome to offer condolences on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 10 am until time of service at the church.
Ellen will be buried at the Reeders United Methodist Church Cemetery in Reeders.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made In Loving Memory of Ellen J. Burmeister to Lehigh Valley Home Care & Hospice - Pocono, 502 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301 or Reeders United Methodist Church, Church Road & Route 715, Reeders, PA 18352.

Gower Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Route 209, Gilbert in charge of arrangements. www.gowerfuneralhome.com


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