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Wednesday, November 06, 2013 9:11 PM

Jan. 25, 1922-Nov. 6, 2013


Mary Catherine Long Burgner, 91, of Lima, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rita’s Medical Center. No more suffering, no more pain she has gone to be with her savior, Jesus Christ.

Born on Jan. 25, 1922, in Roundhead, Hardin County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Glen and Ilo Virginia ‘Young’ Vermillion.

She was a graduate of Lima Central High School. She met (on a blind date) Doyle R. Long. They were married by the Rev. J. V. Stone on Nov. 2, 1941, just days before World War II began. She and her new husband eventually took up residence on the Long family farm along the Auglaize River, east of Delphos, where they farmed and raised their children. Doyle preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1970.

On Jan. 14, 1973, she and Walter C. Burgner of Lima were married by the Rev. Leonard W. Mann at the Trinity United Methodist Church. He survives in Lima.

During her working career, she was a waitress; a homemaker; worked at Pangles Master Market; and a secretary at Fruehauf Corp., from which she retired.

She served as President of the Jefferson Band Mothers and was a Girl Scout leader in the late 1950s, early 1960s. She was an excellent seamstress making clothes for her husband, her children, her daughters’ dolls and her daughter’s wedding. She always supported all her children in all their endeavors. She could wallpaper better than any professional and during her retired years, she assisted her husband, Walter, with maintaining their rental apartments. She and Walter attended Lima Technical College/Rhoades State College, traveled back and forth to Florida as “Snowbirds,” eventually settling in Sarasota at Whitfield Estates for a few years. Because of health concerns, they moved back to Lima. She enjoyed making braided rugs and all through her 80s would sit on the floor braiding strips of cloth for them, getting up and down with the ease of someone much younger. Her children, grandchildren and friends now cherish her rug creations.

Also, with Walter’s help, she was able to search and create a maternal and paternal family history in genealogy. The Long genealogy is in the Delphos Public Library. She was a member of the First Families of Ohio; the First Families of Allen and Auglaize Counties, Ohio; the Suzanna Russell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); the Doctor Thomas Wynne Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century; and the Society of the Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. Her ancestor, Francis Stevenson, was an early settler of Auglaize Township, Allen County, having built a cabin on Section 17 in 1829 and settling there in March 1830.

Mary is also survived by children, Diane (Robert) George of Seaford, Dela., David (Pam) Long, DVM, of Eaton, Deborah (Mike) Gallmeier of Delphos and Dennis (Lisa) Long of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Denise (Eddie) Scarborough of Havre de Grace, Md., Cynthia Campisi of Forest Hill, Md., Joseph (Lisa) Campisi of Pylesville, Md., Lindsey (Karthik) Long, DVM, of Madison, Wis;, Deborah (Corey) Tuck of Lebanon, Jessie Long of Middletown, Shane (Brenda) Gallmeier of Delphos, Travis (Kristy) Gallmeier of Delphos, Kyle Gallmeier of Delphos, Jordan (Jenny) Long of Littleton, Colo., Joshua (Stephanie) Long of Huntersville, N.C., and Jacob Long and Jared (Laura) Long of Bainbridge, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Bethany and James Scarborough of Havre de Grace, Logan, Issac, Alissa and Ava Gallmeier of Delphos, Adelyn Long of Charlotte, Parker Long of Littleton and Gemma Long of Bainbridge; and a stepgreat-granddaughter, Madelyn Jacobs.

She was also preceded in death in 1975 by triplet grandchildren, Lisa, Bryan and Ryan Gallmeier.

Mary was an only child and always said she gained her family when she married and had children. She will long be remembered by all who loved her. She was a second “Mom” to many of her children’s friends. She taught us all how to be strong and face the many ups and downs of life.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home. The funeral service will start at 3 p.m. with the Rev. David Howell officiating. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos.

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