John Joseph "Joe" Burger

Date of Death: 10/16/2018

John Joseph “Joe” Burger

June 5, 1925 - October 16, 2018

On October 16, 2018 John Joseph “Joe” Burger, 93, died peacefully at his residence surrounded by his family.  He was born in Hollidaysburg, son of the late Charles and Mary (Hartsock) Burger.

He married Rita Jean Little April 22, 1954 in Altoona, PA with whom he had shared 55 years of marriage at the time of her death in 2009. He was also preceded in death by a son, Mark Joseph Burger, a sister Margaret Mary McClain and brother, Charles William “Bill” Burger.

He is survived by nine children: Maryanne Burger (Joseph Dumm), Cate BurgerLeister (Roy Leister), Peggy Burger, Jo DeLozier (Mark), John Burger, Jeannie Burger, Jackie Gates (Mike), Robert Burger (Becky) and David Paul Burger; 19 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A 1943 graduate of Hollidaysburg High School, he then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as a radio man 2nd class in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

 He attended Grove City College earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce in 1950. He retired as Branch Manager from McKesson Chemical in 1987.

 A man of open heart and mind, he had an endless thirst for knowledge and one of his greatest gifts was his ability to interact with and embrace people from all walks of life. 

He was a life-long member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, where he belonged to the Men’s Club and was a past president of the Hollidaysburg Catholic School Athletic Association.  During his life he was a member of many organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, The American Legion, Heidelberg Country Club, the Blairmont Country Club, and his home away from home, Park Hills Country Club where he served on the Board. He was a charter member of the Hollidaysburg High School Alumni Association and served for many years on the Hollidaysburg Borough Shade Tree Commission and for more than two decades at St. Vincent de Paul, Food for Families. 

A jazz drummer, he competed at the state level in high school and continued to play across PA until his early 30’s.  He enjoyed walking his dog, family vacations at Seven Springs, shooting pool, a short beer, music, and golf; he was two-time member of the Park Hills Hole-in-One Club.

He took pleasure in sharing simple things with the love of his life Rita, family and friends.  He loved God, family, country and his hometown, often saying “I traveled the world and found no better place to be than Hollidaysburg”.

Friends are invited to share memories and celebrate Joe’s life from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidaysburg  and on Monday, October 22, 2018 at St. Michael the Archangel Church from 10 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral mass.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made  to St. Vincent de Paul, Food for Families, 2201 Union Ave, Altoona, PA 16601, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 301 Spruce St, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 or to any organization that supports those who are in need. 

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