Ellen Lord Margraf

Obituary of Ellen Lord Margraf

Ellen Lord Margraf died on January 21, 2023, at Vitas Hospice in Rockledge, Florida.

Ellen was born February 13, 1934, in New York, New York, and grew up in Garden City, New York. She attended Oneonta College, New York. She was the second eldest of four daughters of Jane (Knox) and John Devereux Lord.

Preceded in death by her husband in 2012, Joseph C. Margraf. Their love story lasted for 52 years in the creation of many homes and traveling the world.

Ellen’s service to her community included teaching religious education, coaching elementary school cheerleading, being a friendly visitor to people in nursing homes and hospitals, and countless other corporal works of mercy. Her joys were simple and beautiful: her Catholic faith, cooking, gardening, reading, crocheting, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Ellen’s faith, hospitality, and simple elegance were both of her own creation and drawn from her family heritage. These gifts will be how her family and friends will remember her.

Ellen is survived by two sisters: Rose Mary Knoll and Ruth Michel (Peter) and her five children: J. Devereux Margraf (Lynn), William Margraf III, Joseph C. Margraf Jr. (Denise), Ellen L. Micallef (John) and Janette L. MacKay (Michael). Her delight was in her beloved twelve grandchildren: Katelyn, Jennifer, John, Andrew, Christopher, Nicholas, Ellen, John, Morgan, Mary, Annie, and Megan.

Viewing is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Vigil service at 6 p.m. will be held Friday, February 3, 2023, at Ammen Funeral Home, 1001 Hickory Street, Melbourne, Florida. Funeral liturgy will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 5655 Stadium Parkway, Viera, Florida. Immediately following the funeral liturgy the Rite of Committal will occur at St. Joseph Cemetery, 1422 Miller Street, Palm Bay, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either one of the following:

Vitas Hospice 


St. Francis Inn Ministries


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