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Mary Lou Burde


On June 17, 2021 Mary Lou (Dickman) Burde’s faith became sight as she was welcomed into her heavenly home. Mary was born on January 12, 1950 to Clayton and Veronica Dickman in Wyandotte, MI. Mary’s life is marked by loving service, first and foremost to her family. She was married for 41 years to Ralph Burde before his death in 2012. She leaves a legacy of faithfulness to her children and grandchildren, Michael and Jacqlyn Burde of Grand Rapids and Jacob and Sara Tibbe, also of Grand Rapids. Her grandchildren Katherine and Marilyn Burde and Luke and Anna Tibbe were adored by their “Dimmy.” Mary was an accomplished, lifelong educator who loved and served her students. In her retirement, she served in many ways at Calvary Church, excelling in showing hospitality. Mary was the best neighbor and loyal friend who will be remembered for her beautiful smile, sense of humor, and laughter. She was the consummate selfless person, putting others’ needs before her own.

In addition to her children and grandchildren, Mary leaves behind these family members to cherish her memory: siblings Nancy Hunter, Suzanne Schofield, Kaye Wever, John and Andrea Dickman, Cheri Harris, Eric and Nancy Dickman, and Jeff Dickman. She also is survived by sister-in-law Pat Davis as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Monday, June 21 at 11 am Calvary Church, 707 E Beltline NE, with Pastor Josh Warren officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The family thanks Dr. Brett Brinker and the entire staff at Cancer and Hematology Centers of West Michigan for 13 years of excellent care. Memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary Church Benevolence Fund or the Kenowa Hills Education Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the church.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26.

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25 Responses

  1. An angel on earth now an angel in heaven. Ill miss that smile and positive advice you always gave me. Love you my friend

  2. Burde Family-We are so sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to you!!!

    The Van Dyke Family

  3. Mike, Sara and family members,
    We were blessed to know Mary. She had the biggest smile in the room which was only outmatched by her heart for others. Now she will be in heaven with her Lord and her beloved, Ralph.
    What a wonderful Dimmy to those beautiful grandchildren.

  4. Your parents Ralph and Mary Lou were John’s and my mentors and dear friends….til we meet again…✝️

  5. Sending prayers and condolences to you all!!

    Your neighbors and friends,
    The Dents

  6. So sorry for your loss. Mary Lou was a wonderful happy spirit who will be so missed.

  7. Heaven gained another angel!

    Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  8. Mike and Jacq- We are so sorry. Mike, your mom was a beautiful soul and her smile made everyone that met her feel welcome. May she rest in heaven and be cancer free. We love you guys!! ❤️
    The Lopez Family

  9. Our condolences to the Burde family.. Mary was always a cheerful, friendly neighbor. She will be missed!

  10. Aunt Mary Lou had a beauty that shone from the inside out. Much Love to you Mike, Sara and your families. ❤️

  11. Mary was the most optimistic and faithful person I’ve ever met. We are all better having known, loved and been friends with her. She’s with Him, and with us forever in our hearts.

  12. Burde family, so sorry for your loss. Mary and I bowled together for many years. She will be missed.

  13. So sorry for your loss -but sure rejoicing in Heaven . Prayers for peace .

  14. Sarah, Mike and Families,
    Our deepest condolences to you all in your loss. Your mom was one of a kind….so genuine and caring.
    Both of your parents were special to us and our community.
    Prayer for you in the days to come.
    Hugs from George and Pam Cronk.

  15. Mike & Sara & family So very sorry for your loss. Your Mom brought so much brightness into the world. We along with the entire community of Newaygo were blessed having the Burde family part of our lives. Along with your sorrow there must be great comfort knowing that your Mom & Dad are together again. Thinking of you all.

  16. Your mom was a beautiful woman inside and out. I am so sorry for your loss of your mother.

  17. Your parents were great mentors, coaches and dear people to my family. My deepest condolences for your loss. Prayers of comfort.

  18. My condolences to your family. So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Mike and Family,
    I am saddened to hear about the loss of your dear mom. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn her passing.

  20. Burde Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort for you at this time.

  21. Mike and family-

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your loving mom. How reassuring it is to know that although we will miss our loved ones here, those who love the Lord will be joined with Him and await that great day of celebration when we can all be together as one in an eternal celebration. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

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Calvary Church Benevolence Fund


Kenowa Hills Education Foundation

Envelopes will be available at the church