Dec. 21, 1942 - Nov. 26, 2013
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SOUTH BEND - Jeanne Marie (Lawler) Burgess, residing at the Sanctuary at Holy Cross, passed away November 26th, 2013. She was born December 21, 1942, in Pontiac, MI, the daughter of the late James Joseph & Jeanne Marie (Springer) Lawler. During World War II she lived with her mother & grandparents in their home on the shore of Lake Huron in Port Sanilac, MI, until the return of her father from military service in Europe. After the war they moved frequently because of her father's transfers with General Motors. On the day Studebaker announced its closing, Dec. 20, 1962, the Lawler family, including Jeanne, moved to South Bend where she has resided ever since. Jeanne attended St. Augustine Academy in Lakewood, OH, & Marycrest College in Kankakee, IL. Jeanne was married on September 3, 1966, to Richard Edward Burgess Jr. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in South Bend; he survives of South Bend. They had met at the National Bank & Trust of South Bend where they had both worked. Jeanne retired from the University of Notre Dame after 25 years of service where she worked in Reserve Books and Microtext/Periodicals where she especially enjoyed working with students and faculty. Surviving along with her husband Dick are their two daughters: Ellen M. Coleman (James), Laura J. Burgess Butler Winslow; three sons: Joseph W., Andrew E. and John R. Burgess, all of South Bend; and five grandchildren: Cody Butler (Amanda) of Guam, Scott Butler of Fort Campbell, KY, Derek Butler, Amanda Butler, Emma Winslow and Genevieve Coleman, all of South Bend. Also surviving are three great-grandchildren: Anthony & Adriana of Guam and Gabriel of Syracuse, NY; five siblings: Patricia Armelin (Michael) of Washington, D.C.. James (Claire), Russell of South Bend, Michael of Bolingbrook, IL. and Thomas (Jody) of Valley Village, CA. A sister. Susan Cholis (Paul) of South Bend. preceded her in death. She will be cremated with a Memorial Mass to be celebrated sometime in the future at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church where she was a member for forty-seven years. To send condolences to the family, log on to www.McGannHay.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2013