MOBERLY, Mo. -- Christine Marie Burger, 57, of Moberly, died Tuesday (Jan. 22, 2013) in Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Christine was born Nov. 4, 1955, in Quincy, Ill., to Donald and Ruby Bevill Neisen. She was raised in Philadelphia, Mo., the oldest child of seven in a close knit farming community. She graduated from Marion County in 1973 alongside her lifelong friend Nita Barnard. At the age of 22, she moved to Shelbina and started her family of three kids. She worked as a stay- at-home mother until she moved to Moberly in 1985. She built an empire of friends working at the Peppermill for more than a year while flashing her vibrant, infectious smile. This smile lead her to meet her lifetime love, Kevin Burger. Not long after they married in Las Vegas in 1991, their bundle of joy, Jacob Lee, was born five years later. During this time she started working in the leasing business for more than 16 years, where she started in collections, moving up to contract options manager. In 2003 she and Kevin opened KB Tire and Auto, where she handled the books and finances. In 2011 she and Kevin took ownership of NAPA Auto Parts, where she also handled the finances. In her spare time she loved sewing, gardening, knitting, quilting, decorating and cooking, but mostly spending time with her children and grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Kevin, of the home; four children, Justin Lane Klein, Joshua Kane Klein, Ashley Brooke Hardwick and her husband, Darren, and Jacob Lee Burger, all of Moberly; four grandchildren and one on the way; her mother, Ruby Neisen of Philadelphia; four brothers, David Neisen of Columbia, Darrell Neisen and his wife, Nancy, Gene Neisen and his wife, Cindy, all of Philadelphia and Ron Neisen of Palmyra; two sisters, Missy Wait and her husband, Kenny, of Kirksville, and April Neisen of Shelbyville; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father and her mother-in-law, Phyllis Burger. SERVICES: 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Coates Presbyterian Church in Moberly with committal prayers at the Oakland Cemetery in Moberly. VISITATION: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Cater Funeral Home, 1520 E. Rollins, Moberly. MEMORIALS: St. Pius X School Foundation, 217 S. Williams, Moberly, Mo. 65270 ARRANGEMENTS: Cater Funeral Home, Moberly. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 25 to Jan. 27, 2013