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27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, CA

A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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Michael David Burger

June 10, 1970June 10, 2020
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Michael David Burger was born on June 10, 1970 in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota and passed away on June 10, 2020 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California and is under the care of Fairhaven Memorial Services.

Celebration of Life will be held on June 19, 2020 at 4:30 pm at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, California. Live Streaming will be held on June 19, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Reception & Sharing will be held on June 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, California.

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Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Live Streaming

    Friday, June 19, 2020

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  • Reception & Sharing

    Friday, June 19, 2020

Memories

Michael David Burger

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Leaine Simmer

June 19, 2020

Michael was such a Mensch, in every sense of the word. He was an amazing, loving, smart, fun, funny, generous, and respected man. He made people feel good, confident, and lucky to have him in their lives. He leaves a wonderful legacy. Joanne and Don, you need to be proud of the exceptional person you raised, guided, and loved. We wish that things could be different, and we could be with you personally at this difficult time, but we are with you all the way in spirit. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


Rochelle Zagalsky

June 19, 2020

Joanne and Don,
My thoughts are with you, Travis, Zoe, Alex and Vickie at this most difficult time of your lives.
Michael will be remembered as the wonderful child, partner and father that he was by everyone who knew him and loved him.
I always picture him sitting at the piano in your house and playing beautifully with Zoe singing. Memories will keep him alive with you at all times.
Fondly,
Rochelle

Jodi (Glickman) Marion

June 19, 2020

I am so sorry about your loss of Michael. We are thinking of you during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Sending much love,

Jodi (Glickman) Marion and family

David Wagner

June 19, 2020


I will always remember Michael playing "Happiness" on the piano while I sang. It was during the time of Lisa's Bat Mitzvah and we were in the Edison, New Jersey living room. Michael was so smart and talented! The Wagner family sends their love and light to all who loved him.

Shawn Rife

June 18, 2020

Mike.

I’ll always remember the witty, self deprecating, yet strangely competitive texts we sent each other. Sometimes, our repartee would lament how our kids were growing up too fast or when one of us ran into a mutual friend. But it was always the voice from the one person I needed to hear from at that point in time. Your cagy use of words and rapier wit never failed to make me smile.

Never one to be outdone, your last text to me heartily boasted “I’d rather be ‘Mike-who?’” expertly referencing a misadventure of ours on a particularly frigid evening outside of The Chop House in Chicago.

You could never be ‘Mike-who’ to me.

Anyone can make you frown. Very few can make you smile. Mike Burger, you made me smile.

I miss you.

Heath Todd

June 18, 2020

Mike came to visit several times when I was a kid after I aged out of HVC. He was either traveling for work or sometimes just to catch up with a few of us that stayed in touch. He was great at putting in the effort to make the trip and stay in touch. When I was maybe 13, Mike came to visit me in NH during the winter. I’m not sure if it was a miscalculation on his part or if he was secretly hoping to find an adventure out of his comfort zone, but it was clear that when visiting a kid from Mount Washington Valley in the winter, skiing was not going to go unmentioned. After what I remember as some mild cajoling, I convinced him that attempting the smallest and closest mountain in the valley would be safe (and practically inevitable). Mike and I went to the rental shop and got him outfitted. They even had ski boots his size. :). The subject of his flat feet in ski boots is unforgettable. Mike “yard-saled” his equipment on the unload zone and with snow-packed jeans, got up and brushed himself off with a snarl. After getting up and clicking in, making some cautious turns and finding his way to the bottom with skis actually underneath him, he decided that skiing was not for him. That was ok with me because for the first time I had been able to broaden his experiences and add to the stories that Mike had to tell, instead of him being the maestro. He was a goldmine of stories and reminisces, and I was thrilled to add to his stockpile by bringing him skiing one night. And we had a hell of a time!

This memory goes to show the adventurous spirit and generous approach Mike brought to his life and the rest of ours too. With a big smile he would come and go, visiting and impacting. Making me think. Making me miss old times. He was a hero of my childhood and a friend in my adulthood. I will miss him greatly.

Here’s a photo of a recent visit where we could get the kids together. Awesome!

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