CLOVERDALE -- Florence C. Burgei, 84, Cloverdale, passed away quietly after a brief illness at 4:45 a.m. Sunday, December 25, 2011, at the Meadows of Kalida, surrounded by her family.
She was born March 28, 1927, in Landeck to the late Albert and M. Catherine (Miller) Luersman. On May 26, 1948, she married Edward M. Burgei, who died January 5, 1986.
Survivors include six children, Ann Burgei of Cloverdale, Judy (Gary) Slattman of Continental, Rose (George) Olvera of Defiance, Ruth Hunt of Cloverdale, John (Angela) Burgei of Cloverdale, and Joan (Stephen) Wolff of Ottoville; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren; a sister, Pauline Schnipke of Ottawa; and a brother, Carl (Lois) Luersman of Landeck.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Martin Hunt; a sister, Mary Eva Schnipke; a brother, Donald Luersman; and a great-grandchild who died at birth.
Mrs. Burgei was a homemaker. She formerly worked at Paradise Oaks Nursing Home, Cloverdale, where she put in countless volunteer hours and later volunteered at the Meadows of Kalida. She was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church in Cloverdale, CLC in Landeck, Altar Rosary Society in Cloverdale, Ohio Polka Boosters and Ohio Farm Bureau. She enjoyed polka dancing and being with her polka family, sewing, crocheting potholders, afghans, making quilts, playing euchre and she never cheated that she would admit to. She also enjoyed spending time with her family. She was always busy doing something for someone and enjoyed every minute of it.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at St. Barbara Catholic Church, Cloverdale, with Father John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today and 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township. Rosary service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. by the Altar Rosary Society at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Putnam County Hospice, St. Barbara Catholic Church, or a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.