The Obit For George Ellspermann

George August Ellspermann

Published in Courier Press on April 19, 2011

Evansville, IN — George August Ellspermann, 87, of St. Joseph, MI passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2011, at his family's residence after a lengthy illness. George was born November 27, 1923 in Evansville, IN to Carl and Rosa Ellspermann.

He married Monica Laverne Reynolds and during their 62 years of marriage they were blessed with four children. Jane (Mike) Cunningham, Dan Ellspermann, Tom (Cynthia) Ellspermann and Monica Lynne (Dave) Gingrich.

After graduation from Reitz Memorial High School, in Evansville he attended Saint Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN where he earned a business administration degree. George played baseball, football and basketball and is in the St. Joseph College Football Hall of Fame. He also received an officer's commission from University of Notre Dame before serving in the U.S. Navy for 3 years during WWII. After returning from the War he finished his college degree and played 2 years of Pro Baseball with the New York Yankees Triple A League as a catcher.

George retired in 1984 from Whirlpool Corporation where he was employed for 35 years. At Whirlpool he spent his career in the procurement department with assignments in Evansville, IN, St. Paul, Minnesota, and St. Joseph, MI. He was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was a lector and Eucharistic minister. He also served on the local Board of the Boys Scouts of America. George was an avid golfer and member of Berrien Hills Country Club where he enjoyed weekly rounds of golf and playing cards with his buddies in St. Joe and Sarasota, FL. as a part-time resident.

George is survived by his wife Monica, children, Jane (Mike) Cunningham, Tom (Cynthia) Ellspermann, Monica Lynne (Dave) Gingrich, 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. George had 9 brothers and sisters and is survived by Helen (Bert) Miller, Vince (Ruth) Ellspermann and Yvonne (Dan) Sheek.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Daniel G. Ellspermann, brothers, Rev. Gerard Ellspermann, O.S.B., Rev. Camillus Ellspermann, O.S.B., Charles Ellspermann, Francis Joseph Ellspermann, and John Ellspermann, sister Rose Marie (Schultheis). George will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

We would like to thank all the caring helpers at Comfort Keepers and Hospice at Home for making his last months as comfortable as possible.

Memorial service will be held Tuesday evening 5-7pm, April 19, 2011 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel in St. Joseph, MI.
Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 20, 2011at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S Hebron Ave, Evansville, IN 47714.

Funeral service will begin at 8:30 am Thursday April 21, 2011 at the funeral home and continue at 9:00 am with a Celebration of Life service at St. Benedicts Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714 with Father Gregory Chamberlain, O.S.B. officiating. Burial will follow immediately at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Evansville, IN

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 3700 Bellemeade Ave., Ste. 107B, Evansville, IN 47714 or Hospice at Home,, 4025 Health Park lane, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
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