September 9, 1925 – September 6, 2018
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Burga Maria Black announces her peaceful passing in her home, with family at her side. Burga is survived by her brother Joe (Shirley), son, John (Dianne), her daughters Caroline (Loralee), Bonnie (Cliff) and Susan (Pieter) as well as her grandsons Peter-John, Chad, Matthew and Chris and her great-grandchildren, Brendan, Dylan, Cody, Samantha and Ryan; her cousin, Joelle (Peter) and her nieces and nephews, Mike, Stephen, Andy, Lisa and Ann.
Burga was born in Karlsruhe, Germany and immigrated to Canada at the age of 5. She was raised in Niagara Falls, ON, then in 1969 moved to Burnaby, B.C. to seek out better opportunities for herself and her children. Burga worked in administration throughout most of her working career, retiring in 1987 from 20 years with the provincial government. But retirement was not really in her vocabulary and she continued to actively work with the provincial government as a seniors advocate, as well as with the Rebekah Lodge and with her church, (including SSJD and OSL); and always at the ready for a bake sale.
Family was Burga’s first priority and, as matriarch of the family she hosted dinners for all occasions – birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and every Sunday- and she always had a pot of tea ready for company. She was an avid reader, swimmer, and intensely interested in politics, which resulted in her running for Penticton City Council at the age of 85.
A celebration of Burga’s life with be held Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, 150 Orchard Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.