On June 17, 2021 Mary Lou (Dickman) Burde’s faith became sight as she was welcomed into her heavenly home. Mary was born on January 12, 1950 to Clayton and Veronica Dickman in Wyandotte, MI. Mary’s life is marked by loving service, first and foremost to her family. She was married for 41 years to Ralph Burde before his death in 2012. She leaves a legacy of faithfulness to her children and grandchildren, Michael and Jacqlyn Burde of Grand Rapids and Jacob and Sara Tibbe, also of Grand Rapids. Her grandchildren Katherine and Marilyn Burde and Luke and Anna Tibbe were adored by their “Dimmy.” Mary was an accomplished, lifelong educator who loved and served her students. In her retirement, she served in many ways at Calvary Church, excelling in showing hospitality. Mary was the best neighbor and loyal friend who will be remembered for her beautiful smile, sense of humor, and laughter. She was the consummate selfless person, putting others’ needs before her own.
In addition to her children and grandchildren, Mary leaves behind these family members to cherish her memory: siblings Nancy Hunter, Suzanne Schofield, Kaye Wever, John and Andrea Dickman, Cheri Harris, Eric and Nancy Dickman, and Jeff Dickman. She also is survived by sister-in-law Pat Davis as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Mary’s life will be held on Monday, June 21 at 11 am Calvary Church, 707 E Beltline NE, with Pastor Josh Warren officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. The family thanks Dr. Brett Brinker and the entire staff at Cancer and Hematology Centers of West Michigan for 13 years of excellent care. Memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary Church Benevolence Fund or the Kenowa Hills Education Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the church.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26.