John W. Burbey
January 12, 1926 - June 20, 2012
John Waldron Burbey, 86, of Niagara, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Mary Hill Manor, Niagara, after a long illness.
He was born January 12, 1926, in Milwaukee, son of the late Dr. Prosper and Inez (Waldron) Burbey. John married Marjorie Hendricks on January 12, 1944. She preceded him in death on August 5, 2008.
John graduated from Niagara High School, Class of 1944. He and Marjorie raised their family in the Niagara area. John worked at the Niagara Paper Mill until he retired after 43 years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, training dogs, camping, and Packer parties with friends. John was a member of Riverside Methodist Church in Niagara. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and a life member of the Kingsford Beagle Club. He served in the Merchant Marines and the Army during WWII.
John is survived by two sons, Dr. Mark (Kim) Burbey, Neenah, Wis., Brian Burbey, Omro, Wis.; six grandchildren, Mark Burbey, II, Patrick Ponzio, Nicole (Ponzio) Ralph, Megan (Burbey) Kozelek, Gavin Burbey, Britan (Burbey) Jacques; seven great-grandchildren, Alex, Katie, and Olivia Ralph, Kyan and Kenna Ponzio, Valerie Jacques, and Kendal Kozelek; one sister, Marni (Dr. Robert) Feulner; two brothers, Michael (Judy) Burbey, David (Suzanne) Burbey; one son-in-law, Danny Steeno; one brother-in-law, James (Nyna) Hendricks; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Hendricks, Nyna Hendricks; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by two daughters, Rosalie Ponzio, Laura Steeno; six sisters-in-law, seven brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Eldon Becker, Commodore and Janet Hendricks, Kenneth Hendricks, August and Madeline Hendricks, Henry and Lydia Hendricks, Ruth and Jesse Phillips, Joyce and Duane Smith.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Mary Hill Manor for the care they provided John over the past year and a half and also a special thank you to Allyn (Kleiber) Neff for her special care and dedication to both John and Marge over a 10 year period.
The visitation will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel. The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Paige will officiate. The Niagara American Legion Cretton-Tutas Post No. 136 will accord military honors at graveside. Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery, Niagara.
You may light a candle in remembrance of John or leave a condolence for his family online at www.JacobsFuneralHomes.com
The Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel, is serving the family.