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Alice M. Burnham

October 23, 1929 - November 20, 2016

Obituary


ALICE M. 87, of Rochester, passed away on November 20, 2016. Born October 23, 1929 to Walter and Marie (nee Strutinski) Buckley, Alice grew up on the west side of Detroit where she graduated from Visitation High School. For many years she worked alongside her husband, Donald in the family business he founded, D.F. Burnham & Company located in Sterling Heights, Michigan and which continues to be owned and operated by her son, David. Over the course of their sixty year marriage, and before his death, Alice and Don traveled extensively throughout the world. Upon...

ALICE M. 87, of Rochester, passed away on November 20, 2016. Born October 23, 1929 to Walter and Marie (nee Strutinski) Buckley, Alice grew up on the west side of Detroit where she graduated from Visitation High School. For many years she worked alongside her husband, Donald in the family business he founded, D.F. Burnham & Company located in Sterling Heights, Michigan and which continues to be owned and operated by her son, David. Over the course of their sixty year marriage, and before his death, Alice and Don traveled extensively throughout the world. Upon her husband's retirement, they relocated their residence to Kiawah Island, South Carolina, overlooking Turtle Creek Golf Course where they enjoyed many rounds of golf together. Many summers were also spent at the family home in Port Austin, Michigan where Alice enjoyed entertaining friends and family. In 1996, upon the death of their son, Daniel, Alice and Don founded the Daniel R. Burnham Memorial Foundation, giving gifts to many children's charities. The annual Foundation Golf Outing was something she was very proud of. Alice will be remembered by those fortunate to have known her as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother with a great sense of humor and a kind and generous spirit who adored her dog, Charlie. Alice was a member of the Great Lakes Rug Hooking Guild which was her passion and she was also a consummate shopper who added greatly to the local economy. Alice is survived by her children, Donna (Paul) Vitale, David (Cathy), Diane (Gary) Peppler, and Dennis and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; son, Daniel; her parents; and brother, Wesley. Visitation is Tuesday, November 29 from 2-9 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester. In state Wednesday, November 30 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester with a Mass at 10:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr. Rochester. There will be a private interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Michigan Humane Society would be appreciated.