Phyllis VanDuzer Burger

  • Born: August 30, 1923
  • Died: June 3, 2018
  • Location: Simsbury, Connecticut

Carmon Community Funeral Homes

807 Bloomfield Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095

Tel. (860) 688-2200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Phyllis (Van Duzer) Burger, 94, of Simsbury, beloved wife of the late James T. Burger, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at her home. Born in Auburn, NY, daughter of the late Howard and Persis (Peacock) Van Duzer, she was raised there and received her BA from the College of Wooster. She began her lifelong commitment to education and learning by teaching Latin in Cambridge, NY. She was a substitute teacher for the Simsbury School System and a tutor for surrounding towns. An avid golfer, Phyllis was a longtime member of Hop Meadow Country Club, and she enjoyed traveling abroad. She also had an ongoing interest in current events and civic service as a member of the League of Women Voters and as a participant in a Great Decisions study on China. She also served as a librarian at the Mortensen Library at the University of Hartford and as a volunteer at the Simsbury Library. Phyllis’s strong Christian faith was reflected through her longtime involvement with the First Church of Christ in Simsbury and Bible studies. A brilliant, faith-filled woman, she used her blessings of education and learning throughout her life to benefit others. She leaves her son James T. Burger, Jr. of Norwich, VT; a sister Marcia V. Van Skiver of CO; and many loving nieces and nephews with whom she was very close. In addition to her husband James, she was predeceased by her daughter Janna B. Patrina and sisters Frances V. Train, Elizabeth V. Berg, Marjorie V. Kennedy, and Eleanor R. Van Duzer. A Memorial Service, in Celebration of her Life of Service, will be held Saturday, July 7, 2018, 11 AM at the First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. The Rev. George Harris, Senior Pastor, will officiate. A reception will follow the service. Contributions in her memory may be made to either the First Church of Christ, Simsbury, or the Simsbury Library. The Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center of Avon is caring for the arrangements.


Condolence & Memory Journal


My family and I were very sad to hear this news just this week. While my mom was visiting a year ago December, we visited with your mom at her home. It was so good to see her then. I have so many fun memories of her and our parents over the years. She was funny, smart and just a kind lady. Our deepest sympathy!

The Demgen Family

Posted by A friend   February 07, 2019

Dear Jim: I'm so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was such a wonderful friend and support to my father Burton, especially after my mother died in 2003. I continued to send her my annual Christmas letter right up until now because my family was practically her own. She was a wonderfully warm person who always was keenly interested in how things in my life were going. Best to you and your family.

Posted by Laura Knust - New Hartford, CT   June 14, 2018

It's so heartbreaking knowing I'll never have the opportunity to talk to and listen to Mrs. Burger again. As a former delivery person at Fitzgerald's Foods, I would often bring Phyllis her two-bags of groceries on Mondays and while standing in her kitchen we would have such interesting conversations. I always enjoyed her stories. My favorite memory is how she would describe the train set she displayed during the Christmas season. Everyone who knew Phyllis will miss her.

Posted by Ken    June 08, 2018

Dear Jim,
I am very saddened by your mother's death. She was a remarkable lady with a keen intellect and a great sense of humor. I admired and loved her and enjoyed
working. With her at First Church as did my husband. Then I had the good fortune to move near her at HeritageGlen. Her indomitable sprit and endearing ways will be with you forever,
My prayers and deepest sympathy are with you and the family.

Sincerely, Mim

Posted by A friend   June 06, 2018