Mark Joseph Burger

Date of Death: 6/7/2017

Mark Joseph Burger

May 25, 1969 - June 7, 2017

Mark Joseph Burger, 48, St. Augustine, Fla., formerly of Hollidaysburg, died Wednesday as the result of a car-pedestrian accident.

He was born in Altoona, son of J. Joseph and the late Rita (Little) Burger, who died Jan. 20, 2009.

Surviving are his father of Hollidaysburg; three brothers: John of Hollidaysburg, Robert (Becky) of Philipsburg and David (Leigh) of Duncansville; six sisters: Mary Anne Burger (Joseph Dumm) of Hollidaysburg, Cate (Roy) BurgerLeister of Hollidaysburg, Peggy Burger of Hollidaysburg, Jo DeLozier (Mark) of Hollidaysburg, Jeannie Burger of Hollidaysburg and Jackie (Mike) Gates of State College; a longtime friend, Lisa Laughlin; numerous nieces and nephews; and his companion cat, Mama Kitty.

He was a 1987 graduate of Hollidaysburg Area High School. He worked in the hospitality industry in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida, cooking his way into the hearts of many. He started his long love affair with cooking at the U.S. Hotel in Hollidaysburg and worked in such prestigious restaurants as Café Mirage, Port Chester, N.Y. and The Raintree, St. Augustine, Fla. He most recently worked for the Hilton Doubletree in St Augustine. He was a person of very strong faith and was a member of the men's fellowship group Turning Point at Calvary Baptist church, St. Augustine, where he also volunteered as a basketball coach for children.

Mark enjoyed the simple things: gardening, animals, children, the beauty of nature, music and basketball. He had a great ability to make people laugh with silly jokes and imitations. Accomplishments of which he was most proud include reaching the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, creating delicious food and maintaining his sobriety from alcohol for over a decade.

He greeted everyone he encountered along the path of his life with a smile and a "hello.” His final word when parting was always, "Peace." On behalf of our beloved son and brother, we extend peace to all.

Friends will be received and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at a future date, to be announced in the Altoona Mirror. Donations in celebration of Mark’s life can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Family Kitchen, 2201 Union Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, or any organization dedicated to the support of those in need.

 

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