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Daniel Roger Burschinger M.D.


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Daniel Roger Burschinger M.D. Obituary
September 5, 1928 - September 2, 2017 Roger passed away at home surrounded by his family and beloved dog Koko. He was born at home in Coleman, Wisconsin to Peter Burschinger, DVM, and Gertrude Mary Lonsdale Burschinger. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1951, and completed his medical degree from Marquette University School of Medicine in 1955. He served his internship in 1955-56 and residency in 1958-61 at USC/Los Angeles County Medical Center. He served our country as a Lieutenant US Marine Corps and United States Naval Reserve and served as an Orthopedic Surgeon to the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan from November, 1956-September 1958. He opened his Orthopedic practice in Arcadia, California in 1962. At the same time, he joined the Medical Staff at both Arcadia Methodist Hospital, where he was Chief of Staff in 1987, and Santa Teresita in Duarte. He was also a clinical associate professor in orthopedic surgery at the USC School of Medicine. He met and married Patricia Jane Burke, of Hollister, California on November 24, 1956, at the Little White Church at Camp Pendleton, California. They were married for 51 years, prior to her passing in January, 2008. Together they traveled the world with family and friends, and were devoted to the Catholic Church and the needs of the Community. Roger attended daily mass, prior to attending to the sick, and always had a rosary in his pocket. His devotion to the sick, and his extraordinary surgical and healing skills, as well as his sense of humor, and desire to mentor to young physicians, made him stand out as a role model for all to emulate. Roger received many awards and recognition for his service to others. He and Patty were Knight and Dame of Malta. They traveled to Lourdes, France on many occasions to attend to the sick. He was awarded the honor of attending to the religious pilgrims at the Vatican in Italy for a week during the 2000th Jubilee of the Catholic Church. He, along with dear friend and neighbor, Robert DeKruif, raised funds for the Dr. Daniel Burschinger Material Science Facility in the Materials Science Engineering and Technology Building at Don Bosco Technical Institute, a Catholic High School in Rosemead, in September of 1998. He was honored by The Methodist Hospital Foundation in 2008 for providing over 50 years of service to the Hospital and surrounding community. He was also honored by Santa Teresita in 2011 for his dedication to the Hospital and Care Center, and the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. He loved to care for them and especially looked forward to the delicious, authentic Mexican meals prepared by the Sisters. Christmas Eve Dinner was always lovingly prepared by the Sisters, and enjoyed by the Burschinger family. The Sisters regularly visited him at home, and came to see him and sing for him during his final hospital stay. Roger is proceeded in death by the love of his life Patty, his beloved parents, his older brother Jim, and premature babies Mary and Peter. He is survived by his daughter Megan (Hunt Williams), and sons Peter, Patrick, Joseph (Michaela Enright), and Daniel, and grandchildren Kate and Hunt Williams Jr, Daniel Henry, Peter Thomas, Will, Maire, and Tim Burschinger. Dad Loved God, all things Wisconsin, antique cars, fly fishing, the LA Dodgers, and the Green Bay Packers. A Mass and Celebration of his life will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10 AM at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 151 S. Hill Ave, Pasadena. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Dad's favorites: Don Bosco Technical Institute, C/O Michael Seymour, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd, Rosemead, CA 91770, (626) 940-2026; and The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, 920 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra, CA 91801. Go Packers!!!
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 9 to Sept. 10, 2017
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