Former Beverly Shores businesswoman and 20-year Town Board member Ellen
Firme died July 8, 2013, at her son's home in Trail Creek, Ind.
The daughter of Myra Belle Abbot and Charles F. Halpin, Gary, Ellen grew up
in Gary, Ind., and attended Horace Mann High School.
On Sept. 2, 1950, she married the late Glenn L. Firme at Holy Angels
She is survived by sons Leo (Mary Fox), Kevin, Theodore (Egle), and Dennis
(Beverly), six grandchildren, Glenn, Tom, Patrick, Sr., Agnes, Leonas, and
Ellen McDonough; two sisters Alice and Myra; sister-in-law Helen Halpin; and
nieces and nephews. Her brother Charles preceded her in death.
Following graduation from Mary Manse College, Toledo, Ohio, with a biology
degree, she worked at Abbot Laboratories, as a medical technologist at St.
Margaret Hospital, Hammond, and at Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey, Ill.,
and St. Anthony Hospital, Michigan City. At St. Anthony Hospital, Michigan
City, she coordinated the Certified Laboratory Assistants Program, for which
she developed and published workbooks, textbooks and training manuals for
students and teachers across the country.
After retiring she helped her husband manage Glenn L. Firme and Associates,
and upon his death in 1982, she took over the business.
A devout Catholic, she lived out the liturgy she prayed. Her life of service
began early. In college in the mid-1940s, she led other students in seeking
to integrate restaurants in Toledo.
She lobbied for the creation of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, was
active in the Democratic Club of Porter County, served on the Committee for
Coastal Zone Management and was a precinct committeeperson for Pine 2 and
member of the Pine Township Advisory Board.
Ellen was a member of St. Ann of the Dunes Parish, the Save the Dunes
Council, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a supporter
of the visual and performing arts.
Among awards she received were the Athena Award (2006), the Douglas Award,
and the Faculty Honor Award, Indiana University Northwest, Class of 1974.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 11 a.m., at
St. Ann of the Dunes Church, 433 E. Golfwood Rd., Beverly Shores, Ind.
Visitation will be Friday, July 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Notre Dame Parish,
1005 Moore Rd., Michigan City, Ind., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until
11:00 a.m. at St. Ann of the Dunes Church. The Vigil Service will be at 7
p.m. Friday evening at Notre Dame Parish.
Memorial contributions may be made to Share Foundation, P.O. Box 400,
Rolling Prairie, IN, 46371, or to the Indiana University Health VNA Hospice
Services, 901 So. Woodland Ave., Michigan City, IN, 46360.
Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, 418 Washington St., Michigan City, Ind., are
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