The Life of Ellen Austin

Ellen (Burlandi) Austin, 68, of Kutztown, died on Thursday, January 9, 2020, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. She was the wife of Norman D. Austin. They were married July 24, 1971. Born in Brooklyn New York, she was a daughter of the late A. Edward and Delores (Bongiovi) Burlandi.

Ellen worked as a restaurant manager for Sunset Grille, Macungie, for 39 years, last working October 2019. Ellen was an incredible wife, mother, Grammy, and friend. She will forever be missed and remembered for her love of cruises in the Caribbean and family dinners.

In addition to her husband of 48 years, Norman, Ellen is survived by her children: Patrick J., husband of Karen A. (Kistler) Austin, Kutztown; Michael J., husband of Karen H. (Henninger) Austin, Kutztown; Jaime A. (Austin), wife of Christopher J. Vanek, Kutztown; and Bethanne (Austin), wife of Richard A. Kushner, Fleetwood. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, her "Pennies from Heaven": Nicholas, Olivyah, Gavin, Rece, Karlie, Grace, Evan, and Ty. There are also two brothers: Gerard Burlandi, Deer Park, NY; and Dennis Burlandi, Kutztown. In addition to her parents, Ellen was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Burlandi, and a sister, Mary (Burlandi) Nunziato.

A memorial service to celebrate Ellen's life will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. in Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, with The Reverend Mary Ann Hamm, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation on Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Inurnment will be private at the convenience of the family.

The family requests contributions be made in Ellen's memory to The American Cancer Society, Lehigh Valley Unit, 3893 Adler Place, Suite 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017 or online at

Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at


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Norm, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss, Mike Hasinec

Posted by Mike H on 01/13/2020

Wonderful Smile

My heartfelt condolences to Norm and all of Ellen’s family. I will miss her smile and laughter. She was full of life and love. 

She will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Ellen and Peter Overcast

Posted by Ellen O on 01/13/2020

Dear Butch and Austin family

So sorry for your loss. We were very saddened to hear the news. Ellen will be missed dearly.     Skip and Wanda Herring

Posted by Skip and Wanda H on 01/13/2020