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Mary S. Burich, 97, of Bloomington

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Susan Burich, 97, of Bloomington, formerly of Hutchinson, was held Monday, Sept. 10, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. The Rev. Jerry Meidl officiated.
Mrs. Burich died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Friendship Village of Bloomington.
The altar server was Hayden Knorr. Gift bearers were Laurie Meehan, Haley Knorr, Kendall Faber, Christopher Burich, Brady Knorr and Megan Burich. Eulogists were Todd Burich and James Sheedy.
The organist was Bonnie Westmiller. The song leader and flutist was Bobbi Ludewig. The harpist was Tami Briggs and the bagpiper was Greg Peller. Musical selections included “River of Glory,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “I Am the Bread of Life,” “Table of Plenty,” “Song of Farewell” and “Ave Maria.”
Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Burich, Nanci Thomas, Todd Burich, Brian Knorr, James Sheedy, Tim Ulrich, Eric Faber, Anne Thomas and John Thomas. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Mary Susan Slanga was born Feb. 18, 1915, in Silver Lake, to Frank and Emily Slanga. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith at St. Adelbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. She was a graduate of the Silver Lake High School.
On Aug. 10, 1939, Mary Slanga was united in marriage to Irvin Burich at St. Adelbert’s Catholic Church.
“Mary and I had known each other while we were growing up,” said Irv Burich in a Leader interview. “She went away to boarding school in Mankato. When she came back, we started doing things together. We decided when I was making $100 a month, we could get married. When I was making $90 a month, which was three years after starting at Citizens Bank in Hutchinson, we figured that was close enough.”
This marriage was blessed with three children, Sandy, Thomas “Buzz” and Nanci. The Buriches resided in Hutchinson, living in several apartments before building their home at 541 Juergens Road in 1952, in what at that time was the newest section of Hutchinson. The couple moved to Friendship Village in Bloomington in 2000. They shared 62 years of marriage before Mr. Burich died on April 12, 2002.
Mary Burich was defined by her love of family, faith and home. She was truly the woman behind the man supporting Irvin in all civic and banking endeavors.
“Where you found dad, you found mom,” Buzz Burich said. When it came to family, Mrs. Burich managed all get-togethers, holidays and vacations. She was known as an excellent cook and a gracious hostess. She was a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother. She played ladies and couples’ bridge.
The Buriches took up downhill skiing after World War II at Telemark, Wis. The sport became a family pastime with ski trips to Colorado, Utah, Montana, New Mexico and Austria.
Mrs. Burich was an active member at the Crow River Country Club, where she was known as an excellent golfer. Travel was important. The couple visited many different parts of the United States as well as many foreign countries. Their favorites were Israel, Egypt and China. She also served on the Minnesota State Cable Commission.
Survivors include her son, Thomas “Buzz” Burich of Hutchinson; and daughter, Nanci Thomas of Eden Prairie; grandchildren, Todd Burich, Heather Knorr, Tata Faber, John Thomas and Anne Thomas; great-grandchildren, Hayden Knorr, Haley Knorr, Brady Knorr, Christopher Burich, Megan Burich, and Kendall Faber; sister, Dodie Chalupski of Silver Lake; sister-in-law, Marvel Slanga of Silver Lake; son-in-law, James Sheedy of Eden Prairie; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Emily Slanga; husband, Irvin Burich; daughter, Sandra Sheedy; brother, Francis Slanga; and sister, Ceil Slanga.
Following the committal service, a celebration of Mary’s life took place at the Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson.
Memorials are preferred to the Hutchinson Center for the Arts and the Hutchinson Community Foundation.
Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com. Click on obituaries/guest book.