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Edna Burge

ROCK HILL -- Edna Burge passed away at her home at Westminster Towers in Rock Hill, S.C., on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, after a long and happy life.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27, at the Northwest Chapel of the Greene Funeral Home in Rock Hill. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Edna was born in Donora, Pa., to Roy L. and Edna P. (Hodge) Ringler in April 1913. She subsequently moved with her parents and two younger brothers to Dravosburg, Pa., where she was educated in the local public schools and where she met and later married Walter E. Burge. Ironically, both Edna and Walter had been born in Donora and, as children, lived just two blocks from each other. They first met as teenagers when he was a neighborhood newspaper delivery boy. Their marriage on Nov. 7, 1934 would last until Walter's death Nov. 5, 1997, just two days prior to their 63rd wedding anniversary. They lived in the McKeesport, Pa. area for six decades before moving to Rock Hill in 1979, shortly after Walter retired from a distinguished career in the riverboat transportation division of U.S. Steel Corporation.

Edna was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, whose quick wit and spirited outlook was cherished by those who knew her well. In addition to her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Walter G. Burge of Rockport, Ma., and two brothers, Vernon F. Ringler and Stewart L. Ringler, both of whom lived in the Pittsburgh area.

Survivors include two children and their spouses: Barbara Burge Kehl and James A. Kehl of Pittsburgh, and Stewart L. Burge and Mary Kimball Burge of Southlake, Texas.

She is also survived by five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Grandchildren include Gwenyth Burge Johnson of Atlanta, Walter E. Burge III of Boston, Shannon Burge of Ann Arbor, Mich., Allison L. Burge of Akron, Ohio and Gregory S. Burge of Los Angeles. Her great-granddaughter is Davida D. Burge of Akron.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff and residents of Westminster Towers where Edna enjoyed the final 10 years of her life, and the team of compassionate caregivers from Carolina Hospice and Community Care, who provided guidance, comfort and support during Edna's last days.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 tonight and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Greene Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, S.C., 29732.

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