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June 4, 1952 - March 22, 2023

Burial Date April 1, 2023

A memorial visitation will be held at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, 917 S. Burdick St. Kalamazoo, MI 49001 on Friday, March 31, 2023, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A memorial mass will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 542 W. Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49007, on Saturday, April 1, 2023, beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kalamazoo Humane Society or the American Cancer Society, c/o the funeral home.

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Margo Burke Fischer of Kalamazoo, Michigan died Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023. Margo is survived by her former husband Thomas Fischer; their daughters Lucy Ramirez (Adam) and Lizzy Koester (Dan); their grandchildren Joanna, Kylie, Max, and Danny; her sisters Abigail Burke Combs (Roger), Tish Gwen-Burke Gancer (Cynthia Glenn), and Eileen Burke (Bryan Coughlan); her aunts Julie Phillips (Mummery) and Lois Mummery; her nieces and nephews Martin, Millie, Roger Jr., Camille, Sequoyah, Michael, and Douglas; her cousins of the extended Burke Mummery family. Margo was predeceased by her parents, Martin John Burke and JoAnn Mummery Burke, her sister Dorothy Ann Burke, and her nephew Benjamin. Margo was born on June 4th, 1952, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Margo lived in Ann Arbor until the family moved to Howell, Michigan, where she was a part of Howell High School’s class of 1970. Margo attended Northern Michigan University and later settled in Ann Arbor for a time. Margo enjoyed working and the feeling of accomplishment that it brought. Margo most enjoyed working in the University of Michigan’s Thoracic ICU as a clerk while in Ann Arbor. Recently, Margo mentioned again her enjoyment of her time there. For the past thirty-five-plus years, Margo has thoroughly enjoyed being a resident of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Margo experienced a sense of love and support from her many friends and care workers in Kalamazoo throughout the years. Margo enjoyed walking areas of the city and spent many happy hours in the parks of Kalamazoo. You could not know Margo and not love and be inspired by her. Margo had more challenges than most during her life and yet she chose to be positive, kind, thoughtful, and loving. She dedicated herself to mentoring and assisting others that suffered. Margo strove to live her best life and as a result, she was both successful for herself and inspiring to others. Margo had a strong spirit. A spirit to live her own life in her own way and to follow her own strong moral compass. Margo was a centerpiece of the Burke Mummery family, bringing the generations together with her spirit, love, and joy. Throughout her life, Margo was drawn toward creativity. She often was drafting or brought into conversation ideas for short stories or novels. Margo also loved to draw and paint, creating pictures for herself, her family, and her homes. Margo loved to sing and dance. Often, Margo would sing to family members over the phone or in person. The Beatles and Paul McCartney were a passion of love for Margo. Field trips with family members to see Paul McCartney concerts were beloved experiences and memories for all. Dancing being one of Margo’s pure joys, she strived to dance most days, even if sometimes from within a hospital bed. Margo had a strong love for animals, especially dogs, and cats. She often visited local animal shelters and Cat Cafes. Margo also kept vigil on pet adoption advertisements in Kalamazoo when family members recently lost a pet. Family members’ dogs and cats were among Margo’s visitors throughout the years. Margo was friendly and kind to all around her. Recently, on separate occasions, several of Margo’s care workers referred to her as “delightful”. It could not have been a more accurate and true description of Margo.