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Michael "Burns" Burnworth


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Michael "Burns" Burnworth Obituary
Michael Burnworth

Mike "Burns" Burnworth, 58, of Belleville, Ill., born December 2, 1958, in East St. Louis, Ill., died Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.

Mike was a graduate of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Grade School and Althoff Catholic High School. He remained an active parishioner of Queen of Peace all his life. He was also a devoted volunteer for Caritas Family Solutions. His desire to be in service to others extended to his work as an attorney representing people with serious end of life illnesses. He was a true humanitarian. Even in death, his kindness extended to many others as a donor.

As a youth Mike was a record-holding swimmer, and went on to swim on scholarship for Saint Louis University. He continued this lifelong passion as a coach and swam a mile almost daily, making friends with his lane buddies at the Y. Mike graduated from The University of Illinois in 1981 with a degree in Accountancy. He continued at Saint Louis University Law School where he met his wife, Belinda. They graduated together in 1984, married the following year, and spent 31 very happy years together raising their daughters and sharing good times with friends and family.

Mike loved his family dearly and never knew a stranger. He expressed his love through thoughtful acts of kindness and a willingness to drop everything to help. He was always thinking of others, quick to forgive, and found the good in every person. His acts of kindness could fill a novel. He was a dear friend to so many, and made a point to keep in contact with friends near and far throughout his life. Known for his infectious smile, he was a man of great integrity and sincerity. He was always willing to do the right thing, even when it was hard.

He was broken hearted by the death of his mother, Dolores Burnworth.

He will always be loved by his wife, Belinda. He lives on through his daughters, Maggie Burnworth, Sara Buethe, Grace "Peeper" Burnworth and Sara's husband John, whom he loved as a son. His memory will be cherished by his father, William "Bill" Burnworth; siblings, John Burnworth, Jeff Burnworth, Ann Lewis, and Billy Burnworth and all his beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Grade School, to Caritas Family Solutions, or to St. Vincent DePaul Society at Queen of Peace. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: A celebration of life will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Monsignor Jack McEvilly officiating.

Burial will be in Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.

GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 13, 2017
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