OBITUARY

Laura A. Burdge

October 25, 1965January 2, 2019
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It is with great sadness that the family of Laura Burdge of Boynton Beach, FL announce her passing. Laura courageously battled cancer for nearly a decade, never giving up hope. She suddenly succumbed to the illness on January 2nd.

Laura was born on October 25, 1965 in Summit, NJ. Laura is survived by her devoted husband Robert Burdge and precious daughter Amanda Burdge; her parents Margaret and Michael Smith; brother Austyn Smith; and mother-in-law Blanche Burdge. She is preceded in death by her two brothers, Martin and Wayne Smith.

Laura will be greatly missed by her sister-in-law Patricia Burdge Karlin (John), brother-in-laws Gary Burdge (Jamie) and Dennis Burdge, many nieces and nephews, and dear friends. A visitation will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1 - 3 pm and followed by a funeral service conducted by Pastor Jack Noble at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
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Wendy Parolari (Iovine)

January 6, 2019

DEAREST, Miss LAURA, Myself and my family wanted to send our deepest sympathy! I will always cherish my fondest memories of our childhood, teenage years , and most of all, a lifetime of friendship that I will forever continue to look back on and know that i had the privilege of knowing a loving, funny and extremely caring person that will be truly missed! God bless your family and loved ones! Your friend Wendy Iovine Parolari, aka Wendal ❤

Marie McQuade

January 4, 2019

Amanda Burdge

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Amanda Burdge

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Jennifer Dubien

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Donna Parella

January 4, 2019

Beautiful Miss Laura you fought a good fight, all out of love for others you fought to live. We were fortunate to have Miss Laura in our lives for many years she was very close to my sisters and it was like having another sister because Miss Laura was always at the Farm. Of course who else would climb out the bathroom window to sunbath on the roof of the house? Yes, my fun crazy sisters and Miss Laura. As the love story goes she met my handsome cousin Bobby and they fell in love and got married, having their beautiful daughter Amanda. Through it all Miss Laura kept that gorgeous smile, staying strong, never complaining. If you believe in Angels, know that our Miss Laura has a special place in heaven and she will be watching over her loving husband and daughter Amanda. I love you all so very much, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. "Angels Can Fly Because They Take Themselves Lightly". Miss Laura, you sure did, I will always remember the love and laughter you brought into this world.

Linda Smith

January 3, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Laura and my heart goes out to you all. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Biography

      If anyone ever cared, really cared for someone else it would have to be Laura A. Burdge. She was a warm hearted and well liked individual, and these wonderful traits came easily to her because she was such a sociable and amiable person, someone who was always making certain that those around her had whatever they needed. Laura was a talkative person who was tactful at all times but typically said what she meant.

      Laura was born at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Michael and Margaret Smith. Laura was raised in Gillette, New Jersey. During her childhood she learned to be reliable and respectful. Laura was an obedient child who wanted to win the favor of others. She found it easy to show sympathy and to perform kind acts for others. These admirable qualities would become a part of Laura's personality throughout her life.

      Though Laura was frequently the one to initiate games and activities with her family, she was also quite often the family member who took the role of referee. Laura was a peace-maker with an ability to resolve all sorts of family conflicts. In fact, Laura worked conscientiously to keep those typical family spats at bay. Laura was raised with three siblings. She had three brothers Martin, Austyn, and Wayne. Laura and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As someone who reveled in the sheer joy of her experiences, Laura was always enthusiastic about new adventures. Although she had an exacting nature, Laura was always tactful. One thing Laura will certainly be remembered for is that, when she got up in the mornings, she was ready and raring to go. As a young girl, Laura had a number of interests and was an active child. Laura took part in Swimming. She was a Brownie and member of her local troop. In her spare time she liked playing with and taking care of animals.

      For Laura, the school routines were never a problem although she generally preferred variety to structure. She seemed to be able to start a project and work right through to its completion. And she was able to do it quickly and efficiently. Laura was also adept at details. Laura was very observant and was generally quick at picking up new things. She graduated from Watchung Hills High School in 1984. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was Home Economics. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Ruggerio.

      There was one thing that all of Laura's friends knew and will still remember, and that is that she was a talker. She could pretty much talk to anybody about anything. This quality is one of the primary reasons that Laura was such a popular person throughout her life. But Laura was also dependable, loyal and trustworthy. Laura was the kind of person who simply radiated good fellowship. While she maintained personal standards and her own personal values, Laura was very accepting of others. With a distinct skill for working things out, Laura was often the person who would organize events. In fact, Laura was fairly comfortable playing the role of “host” for just about any occasion. When Laura made friends, she made true and lasting friendships. While growing up, some of her best friends were Sue Lesbriel, Laura Grimler and Doreen Parella. Later in life, she became friends with Marie McQuade, Kathy Fritz and Beverly Shanahan.

      Laura was a faithful and loving person. Some would even call her sentimental and a romantic at heart. Her kindness and consideration radiated an aura of warmth to those around her. Laura cared for what others thought and carried that into her marriage. On October 20th, 2001 Laura married Robert Irving Burdge at The Little Church Of The West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Compassionate and devoted, Laura worked hard to make her new life partner happy.

      Harmony was important to Laura and she made every effort to maintain it with her family. Laura was blessed with one child, Amanda. Laura was always conscious of the feelings others had. She was reasonable and understanding. As a result, Laura was quick to solve disputes and did so without much fuss. Her secret of success in this area was simple: Laura would listen before she would act.

      Taking her work seriously came naturally to Laura, and she expected the same from those around her. Laura was a good team player, someone who was born to cooperate with others. She was what some would call a “people person” and it was demonstrated in her good communication skills. Laura was a steady worker, one who was realistic about schedules. The kind of details that would give family members and work colleagues fits were situations that Laura handled well. She could understand the details without getting lost in the broad “big picture.” Her primary occupation was Office Manager. She was employed for 12 years at National Home Loan. She brought harmony to her work environment, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done, while always maintaining respect for her colleagues.

      Laura was one of those people who took pride in constantly putting forth her best effort. Nowhere was that more visible than in sports. Laura was always enthusiastic and a great team player. Laura also liked being a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list was Football.

      Laura was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Irene, A calico cat, Bugsy, a domestic shorthair, who was a best friend for She had Irene for 22 years and Bugsy for 14 years. Her family was rounded out by Sophie and Chester.

      Since it was easy for Laura to meet and get to know new people, she quickly made friends, even in retirement. Once she met those new friends, she loved sharing stories and talking about the good old days. Since she was practical and cost effective, Laura was ready when that day to retire finally came in 2005. Boynton Beach, Florida. In retirement, she found new pleasure in being a wife and mother. Even in retirement, Laura stayed in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities that retirement offered her.

      Laura passed away on January 2, 2019 at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Laura fought a brave battle against cancer. She is survived by her Daughter Amanda and her brother Austyn Services were held at Dorsey E. Earl Smith Funeral Home. Laura was peacefully laid to rest in Lake Worth Memory Gardens.

      Laura was a fantastic conversationalist who could engage just about anyone in a discussion. And whenever she said something, she meant it. Laura was a down to earth person, outgoing and gregarious. She was without question the type of person who enjoyed experiencing things first hand. She was practical and sensible, but what friends and family will remember her for most is the fact that she was so understanding and kind. Everyone whose life she touched will miss Laura A. Burdge.