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Ellen Beth Landgraf (Nee Weitzman), at 70 years of age, a beloved Wife, Daughter, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Aunt, and Friend passed away at 11:58 PM on 19 September 2022, peacefully with her husband and children beside her. Ellen is survived by her spouse Henry (Hank) Landgraf, her four children Michael Frey, Sarah Ehrenreich, Benjamin Landgraf, and Daniel Landgraf. Ellen is the sister of Shelley DeRitis (Vince), Dean Weitzman (Mia), Frederick (Rickey) Weitzman (deceased) and Sally A. Miller. Ellen is survived by 10 grandchildren (Marc, Alexis, Gavin, Jasmine, Aurora, Aeden, Zahava, David, and Harper) and 1 great-granddaughter (Melody)
Ellen was born on April 16th, 1952, and is the daughter of Morton (deceased) and Lenora Weitzman (Nee Weiss) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ellen was raised in the Oxford Circle neighborhood of Philadelphia. Ellen attended Northeast High School and graduated in 1969. Ellen was a "Miss Philadelphia Inquirer" finalist when in High School. At 18 Ellen met Robert Frey and they were married for 25 years and had one son, Michael. Ellen was a loving and nurturing mother to Michael, they loved to read together, listen to music and shop. Ellen made sure that Michael was surrounded by his grandparents on both sides of his family and taught him how to raise a family as a village. They enjoyed each other's company regardless of the activity and Ellen did not hesitate to be a guiding force in Michael's life direction. Ellen was instrumental in the upbringing of Michael's children Alexis, Marc, and Gavin. Ellen spent weekends with her grandchildren for their entire life and was present at all their life accomplishments. Ellen's love and passion for family and life can be seen in her children and grandchildren.
Ellen was recognized by the City of Philadelphia for her volunteer work at the Carousel House of Philadelphia. Ellen loved her job at Temple University Law School as the Director of Admissions. After 27 years of service at Temple Law School, Ellen stepped down to pursue her passion of Jewelry Making and being a Small Business Owner. Ellen was very proud of her sobriety which she maintained until her death.
Ellen met the love of her life Hank Landgraf in the fall of 2003 and have been inseparable since. Ellen and Hank found what eludes many in a lifetime and that is the ability to find true love and a partner for life. Ellen and Hank were married on May 7, 2006, in Meadowbrook, PA in the presence of their friends and family and it was the beginning of a beautiful life. Hank and Ellen are best friends, their closeness could not be matched. Their love of family and each other will transcend this lifetime.
Ellen loved watching over her entire family. Ellen and Hank loved just being together. They made regular trips to the local casinos, loved watching foreign television police procedural shows especially those from Great Britain. Ellen almost always figured out whodunit first and was sometimes frustrated that they wasted so much time instead of just calling the “experts” (that would be Ellen and Hank). Ellen and Hank loved Aruba (they have casinos AND beaches). Ellen and Hank finished each other’s sentences and knew each other’s thoughts. Ellen loved buying clothes for Hank (although she did “pretty well” for herself too). Hank would proudly model his new clothing and state “My honey got it for me”. Hank made it his mission to make his Ellen laugh every day. Everyone loved Ellen’s laugh, it was genuine and just made you feel good. Ellen and Hank always said, “I Love You”. They meant it, always did and always will.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society: 1818 Market Street, Suite 2820 Philadelphia, PA 19103. www.cancer.org.