Mildred L. Burger
Mildred L. Burger
  • July 13, 1925 - August 23, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Mildred Louise "Marty" Burger received the crown of eternal life on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, surrounded by her children. Marty was born on July 13, 1925, in West Point, Nebraska, to Emil Marty and Louise Wuerdemann Marty and was soon received into God's family through the waters of Holy Baptism. She attended St. Paul Lutheran School in West Point and high school in Battle Creek, Nebraska. She went on to Concordia Teachers College of Seward, Nebraska, until pressed into service as a Lutheran school teacher in 1945. Marty taught school and served as organist at Redeemer Lutheran in Evansville, Indiana, until coming to Fort Wayne in 1949 to teach and play the organ at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran School and Church. For many years she also served as the school secretary.
Upon arriving in Fort Wayne she immediately met H. Eugene "Gene" Burger, another teacher at St. Paul's. On June 11, 1950, they entered into a marriage that lasted 59 years, until Gene's death in 2009. Theirs was an incredible partnership in ministry at St. Paul's Lutheran and in the founding and running of Camp Lutherhaven in Albion, Indiana, where, for over 30 years, she was invaluable as secretary, manager, bookkeeper, and more.
Marty continued to serve during her retirement: on the Religion Committee for the 1994 Fort Wayne Bicentennial celebration, tutoring for Neighborhood Connection at Brentwood Elementary School for 15 years, and volunteering at St. Peter's and Concordia Lutheran Schools, as well as at the Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne library and Concordia High School Thrift Store. She was honored with the Jefferson Award and the Retired Teacher of Fort Wayne Award. With husband Gene she attended sixty Elderhostels throughout the United States and Canada. She was an active member of New Life Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.
Marty is survived by her four children: Rev. Mark (Rosalind) Burger of Claremore, Oklahoma; Jeanne Burger of Fort Wayne; Anne (Peter) Hess of Hoagland; Laura Burger of Fort Wayne; and "son" Joe (Glendora) Boway who came to be a member of the family. She greatly loved her three grandchildren: Dr. Cole Burger, Gretchen Burger Vera, and Nathaniel Hess; and adored her two great-granddaughters: Katelyn Rose Vera and Madelyn Grace Vera. She is also survived by two brothers: Dr. Martin (Harriet) Marty and Dr. Myron (Shirley) Marty, as well as ten nieces and nephews and their families. Memorial donations may be given to Camp Lutherhaven, L.A.M.B. or Liberian Children's Ministry.