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J. Vincent Burg

J. Vincent (Vince) Burg, of Chelsea, MI, age 89, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He  was born on January 16, 1930 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of J. Vincent I. and Mary A. (Spirnagle) Burg. Vince was the youngest of seven children, having six older sisters. Vince attended St. Mary Catholic School through the 8th grade and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947. He graduated from Ferris Institute’s (now Ferris State University) School of Pharmacy in 1952, passed the state board exams for licensing as a pharmacist in the State of Michigan and was promptly drafted. He was inducted into the United States Army and saw action in the Korean War, serving in the 47th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) with the Medical Corps.Vince returned to Chelsea to work at the Chelsea Pharmacy, and also part-time at the Mercywood Sanitarium in Ann Arbor. It was at Mercywood where Vince met his wife to be, Shirley Ann Tuckey, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. She was a registered nurse and was in charge of the pharmacy. They wed on August 18, 1956 and raised six children.

During his lifetime, Vince was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3092, where he was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight, the Chelsea Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Chelsea Village Council, and the Jackson County Pharmacy Association, being name Pharmacist of the Year in 1971. Vince was also a Charter Board Member and Lifetime member of the Waterloo National History Association. Vince retired from Weatherwax Pharmacy in Jackson, MI in 1996 after 32 years of employment. He then worked as a part time pharmacist for 14 more years for Chelsea Pharmacy and Dan Murphy, who interned under Vince in the mid-1950s.

Vince, with his wife Shirley, enjoyed traveling by camper and R.V. throughout the United States and Canada with his family as they were growing up, and bicycling with Shirley and friends, Jeannie and Andy Ford, through Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands in retirement. Vince was a lifelong deer hunter and lover of the outdoors, relishing the days spent at the family hunting camp in Northern Michigan. He was an avid reader in later years and was a frequent participant in local history events at the Chelsea District Library. Vince also enjoyed working out weekly at the Chelsea Wellness Center.

Vince was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Jane Lanning-Morey, Lou Guirey, Angeline Foster, Gretchen Spaulding, Virginia Rowe. Vince is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children Gregg (Laurie) Burg, Diane (Fernando) Nieves, David Burg, Brian Burg, Kristi (Gary) Ragland, and Rob Burg; grandchildren, Arielle and Jacob Burg, and Ana (Bree) and Katherine (Katie) Nieves; his sister, Pat Dietz, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m at St. Mary Catholic Church Chelsea. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chelsea. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Contributions can be made to Waterloo National History Association, or St. Louis Center.  Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.


+3 #14 Donna Brown 2019-03-14 22:03
Vince was a great guy I loved him very much I worked for him at weatherwax pharmacy on prospect st.he thought me alot about the pharmacy which helped me choose a career in medical insurance and billing.My condolences go out this family he is loved by many.
+3 #13 JudySchneider 2019-03-12 20:04
Shirley and family.
I was so distressed to hear of Vince passing. He will be sorely missed both on Chandler St. and behind the pharmacy counter. Vince was one of the good guys.
Judy (Schneider) Kettunen
+3 #12 Jack Merkel 2019-03-07 19:16
Shirley and family. I am deeply saddened by the passing of Vince, your husband and father. And a dear friend of mine.
Vince and I have know each other since we were together in kindergarten, at St. Mary’s School, at Chelsea High School,
at Ferris State, in Korea during the war and in our lives here in Chelsea.
Vince was Genuine, a trusted friend and confident. He was smart, interested, interesting, had a good sense of humor,
a jolly laugh, tons of friends who knew, loved and enjoyed his company. Vince was caring person and a whole lot more.
I will really miss him.
May the blessings of the Holy Spirit be with you in this difficult time.
Jack Merkel
+4 #11 James Bruin, Jr. 2019-03-06 15:38
Extending my heartfelt & sincere condolences to the entire Burg family. Diane you & your family will be in my prayers and thoughts.....James Bruin SBA coworker
+3 #10 Ellie Cruze 2019-03-06 00:01
Oh, Shirley, so sorry to hear this news. I always thought Vince was an enormously pleasant fellow and that the two of you lit up any room you were in. I am so sorry to miss his memorial, as we'll still be in Florida, but I hope to see you when we get back. In the meantime sending you fond hugs and heartfelt sympathy.
+3 #9 Brenda Warman 2019-03-05 16:31
What a wonderful gentleman and human-being Mr. Burg was! He always had me smiling. I am so sorry for your families great loss. Sending my love, thoughts and prayers. -Brenda Hoelzer Warman
+3 #8 Drinda West Osborne 2019-03-05 15:48
To the Burg family, I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Vince at the Chelsea Drug from 1963 to 1965 there were 4 pharmacist MR Lancaster, Vince, Danny Murphy and Freddie Wenk Vince was the police commissioner at that time. Rose and Ann were the full time clerks and Caroline Smith, Barbara Dolye Gail Schaules and my self were the school clerks that made the sodas and what ever else Penny Boyer came later. Vince was our boss and he was a good boss. He was an excellent role model and taught us to do things right to the letter. He will be missed by many but he lives in the memory of each and every one of us. Rest in Peace Vince. Thank You for your great example.
+2 #7 Judy Oake 2019-03-04 18:24
Shirley, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Vince at the Wellness Center and church and will miss that. Last time I saw him was Christmas Eve Mass and he introduced me to your granddaughter. He was so proud of her and had a big smile on his face as he introduced us. One of the kindest people I know! I will also watch for more details, but sending my hugs and well wishes to you!
+3 #6 Tom Hodgson 2019-03-04 18:22
It is with great sadness that I learned of Vince's passing. I will miss his friendly conversations at the wellness center.

Have known Vince since the 1960's when he was looking for a place to put his father's artifact collection and I was working at the Waterloo Recreation Area.

I'm glad that the collection now has a permanent home at the Discovery Center where it can tell the story of native American history to thousands of visitors. I know that was very important to him.
+1 #5 Monica 2019-03-04 17:43
TO THE Burg family, We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you all.
Love Monica, Jenifer & Jon II

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