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“Ellen was one of the kindest people I have ever known. She an Gus befriended my mother and her husband in the 90's and thus I was fortunate to spend...Read More »
1 of 2 | Posted by: Kathy Rettig - Upper Darby, PA

“I first met Ellen and Gus in the Cape May hospital where my husband, Ken Carroll was Gus's room mate. We became instant friends for almost twenty...Read More »
2 of 2 | Posted by: Mary Ann Carroll - Penn Valley,, PA


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Ellen Epple, 85, of Cape May Court House, and most recently of Princeton, NJ, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, August 5, 2018, in her home at Acorn Glen, surrounded by her family and her minister. She was born in Nutley, NJ to Lucy Goldbeck Buckman Quakenbush and Martin Buckman.

In her retirement, Ellen and her late husband, Augustus Epple, moved from Belle Mead to the Cape May area for their love of the birds and beaches and because of the perfect soil for growing daylilies. Together they founded, owned and operated Dias Creek Daylily Farm for 25 years. She was a member of the Master Gardeners, served on the Cape May County Agricultural Board, and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May for many years. More recently, Ellen belonged to, and served as an elder at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, in Stone Harbor, where she volunteered much of her free time to help with the Branches Episcopal Outreach Center. Prior to moving to Cape May, Ellen worked as an office manager and owned a small catering company in the Princeton area, was a member of the Blawenburg Dutch Reformed Church, and raised her family in Belle Mead, NJ. Ellen had many interests and hobbies. She enjoyed reading, baking, cooking, gardening, decorating, word games and working as a volunteer for different organizations. She also prided herself in having a beautiful and welcoming home, where she loved entertaining family and friends, and celebrating birthdays and holidays.

Ellen was predeceased by her beloved husband, Gus, in 2017. She is survived by her daughters, Robin Dunham (David S.), Claudia Epple, Jennifer Myers (Stephen), and Bernadette Sissick (Robert); her grandchildren, David A. Dunham (Rebecca Kunkel), Andrea Dunham (Evan Anderson), Benjamin Dunham, Nicholas Dunham, Ellen Jacobus, Christopher Myers, Chloe Myers, Katelyn Sissick and Robert Sissick, and her great granddaughter, Marion Ida Dunham. She was preceded in death in 1979, by her son, David Epple. Ellen is also survived by her sister, Ruth Matarrazo.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Pavilion, located at 2nd and Beach Avenues in Cape May, NJ. Private interment will be in the Cape May County Veterans Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Branches Episcopal Outreach Center, 9425 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247; or to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 alzfdn.org . Condolences at www.radzieta.com