March 17, 1922 ~ January 18, 2000
Mary Ewing Burg (née Glickauf), 77, passed away January 18, 2000. Born March 17, 1922, in Chicago to Lucy Hyde Ewing and Joseph S. Glickauf. Predeceased by devoted husband, Lawrence Edward Burg, February 4, 1989. Survived by beloved children, Kenneth Lawrence (Kathleen Wunderly) Burg of State College, Pennsylvania, Bruce Edward (Judith) Burg of New Lenox, Illinois, Louise Ewing Burg (David Pechek) of Pueblo and Mary Ellen Burg (Donald Bales) of Olympia, Washington; grandchildren, Vernon (Demetria) Davis of Los Angeles, Max (Linda) Burg of Chicago, and Antonio and Ricardo Lazo of Boulder; and special friends, Patricia Leanhart of Dora, Missouri and Mary Lou Ernst and Fan Hatton, both of Pueblo. Mary married Lawrence Burg January 10, 1942. Together they raised four children and contributed to their church and community. Mary devoted over 25 years as an educator and administrator to The Faulkner School, a college preparatory school in Chicago. She was a member of the Christian Science Church including The Mother Church in Boston and her local branch churches beginning with the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Chicago which her grandparents, Kate Hyde and Adlai Thomas Ewing helped found. Over the years, Mrs. Burg served her church as Second Reader, Sunday School teacher and superintendent, Head Librarian of the Reading Room, and many board positions. As a teacher, she was admired for her creative methods, long hours, and her respect for and willingness to help each student. She began her career as a part-time kindergarten teacher at The Faulkner School while she pursued a college education. After obtaining her bachelor's degree and teaching credentials, she headed the science and math program in Faulkner's elementary grades. Later, she taught English in various grades through freshman in high school. Mrs. Burg finished her career at Faulkner as Dean of Students and retired in 1981. While raising her four children, Mrs. Burg served her community as a foster parent, member of their block club and as a scout leader for the Boy Scouts of America. She led a life devoted to the cause of children. In 1988, Mrs. Burg and her husband retired to Pueblo. After his passing, she taught preschool at the McClelland School. She later moved to San José and worked at Twelveacres, a facility for disabled Christian Scientists. She returned to Pueblo to live with her daughter, Louise, and helped raise her grandchildren, Antonio and Ricardo. Mary also volunteered at the Pueblo YWCA's crisis shelter for battered women and children. She was a devoted member of the local Christian Science church, having served on the board and as Reading Room librarian. Mary was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed playing bridge, and was an especially avid and astute Scrabble player. Her first love and forte was the study of English. She will be missed for her terrific sense of humor and her love of fun and laughter. Several months ago, Mrs. Burg moved to The Pueblo Regent retirement residence where she enjoyed the friendships of many of the residents and staff. Mary's recent illness was eased by the tender loving care of Parkview doctors, nurses and home health care aides, and loving spiritual help from Reverend Earleen Cornell. Mary passed away peacefully. At her request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 25, 2000, at The Unitarian Universalist Church, 110 Calla Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pueblo YWCA Family Crisis Shelter or a memorial book fund for the Pueblo Library District through the funeral home office.