Michael Neil Burkhart

June 27, 1956 - October 5, 2013 West Grove, PA | Age 57

Michael Neil Burkhart, of West Grove, passed away at home on Saturday, October 5, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous six year battle with cancer. He was 57 years old. He was the beloved husband of Susan Ferron Burkhart with whom he shared 32 years of his life, and 26 years of marriage.

Born in Wilmington Delaware to Jay M. Burkhart Sr. (deceased) and Helen Ann Gehr Burkhart, he was a 1974 graduate of Kennett High School. He excelled in wrestling and was an Eagle Scout, something he was very proud of. Michael attended Penn State University and has worked for Chadds Ford Tree Service for the last 15 years, a company that he considered family.

He has been a member of New London Presbyterian Church, and the Christian Life Center for almost 20 years. His faith was paramount in his life and so was his love for his family. He was most proud of his two sons Eddie and Harry. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and vacationing with his family and friends. He was well known in Chester County for his firewood.

He is survived by his mother Helen, his wife Susan, and their two boys, Edward Michael and Harry Raymond and his brother Jay Burkhart(Cindy) of Shreveport, LA, 5 nieces and nephews, and a wonderful extended family and friends.

Michael was involved in every aspect of his family’s life. From Indian Guides to Boy Scouts to Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Little League, AGRA basketball, soccer, and Lacrosse. He also was always known at Susan’s wing man with all of her PTA, PTO and Sports Booster’s duties.

Michael was a great husband, father, son, brother, provider and friend. His attitude during his battle with cancer was so uplifting. He was a very strong man.

The love and support he and his family received during this difficult time cannot be explained in words. His friends, family, church, coworkers, doctors and nurses, so many people went above and beyond to love and support him.
He was truly a Blessed man.

His family would also like to thank the whole staff at Chester County Oncology and Hematology in the Kennett office and CC Neighborhood Hospice.

You are invited to visit with his family and friends from 6:00 to 8:00 Friday evening, October 11, 2013 and again from 10:00 to 11:00 on Saturday morning, October 12, at the Christian Life Center, 125 Saginaw Road, New London Township, PA. His funeral service will follow at 11:00 on Saturday morning.
Burial will be in the New London Presbyterian Cemetery, Route 896, New London, PA

Donations can be made to the Deacon’s Fund at the Christian Life Center,125 Saginaw Road, New London Township, PA 19352

Arrangements by the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

Guestbook

  1. so sorry to you Susan and your wonderful family

    Posted by: tom davis – kennett square, PA Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:21 AM
  2. Michael you will be so truely missed and remembered forever. You were a special and wonderful man so happy to have had you in ours lives. We love you.

    Posted by: Cheri miller Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:21 AM
  3. “Burkey” was the coolest of all the cool guys in the First East “fraternity” at Penn State Altoona in 1974-76. Deepest condolences.

    Posted by: Neil Rudel – Altoona, PA Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:21 AM
  4. Susan, Eddie and Harry,

    So sorry for your loss. Michael was a great guy and will never be forgotten. He put up one heck of a fight. We will miss him.

    Posted by: Brian, Cheri, Emma, Catherine Miller – Kennett Square, PA – Friend Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:20 AM
  5. Michael was truly an inspiration to our family. He blessed our lives with love, friendship and laughter. We will miss him dearly.

    Posted by: Carol & Willard Stem – New London, PA Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:20 AM
  6. Michael was an awesome guy! He fought his cancer battle as long as he could because he was that kind of man – he never gives up. He will always have a special place in our hearts, he sure will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Susan, Eddie, Harry and Helen.

    Posted by: Danny and Stephanie Taylor and family – West Chester, PA – Friends Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:20 AM
  7. always enjoyed Burkies humor and zest for life. I new him as a friend from PSU-Altoona. Condolences to the family.

    Posted by: scott buchanan – valencia, PA Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:19 AM
  8. Susan, please know we are thinking of you and the boys and are so sad for your loss.
    In our prayers,
    Donna and Mike Bennett

    Posted by: Michael and Donna Bennett – Apex, NC Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:19 AM
  9. Thoughts and Prayers to Susan, Eddie and Harry. You were blessed to have such a wonderful man in your life. He will be with you always. God Bless you. RIP Michael.

    Posted by: Kathy Tavoni – Kennett Square, PA – friend Oct 07, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:19 AM
  10. We are so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. He was a wonderful with a beautiful heart. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love
    Jeff and JoAnne

    Posted by: Jeff and JoAnne Thomas – landenberg, PA – friend Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:19 AM
  11. Condolences to Susan and family. I will always remember Mike and the fun times with him and Jay when we were growing up. Especially the time when we built the igloo at the cabin with pine branches and snow when we where children.
    Blessings, cousin Susie (Martin) Hagen

    Posted by: A friend Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:12 AM
  12. Dear Susan and Sons, I hope that you can find comfort amongst family and friends during this difficult time, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. Always remeber the good times that you shared with Mike.

    Posted by: Michelle Bonsall – Kennett Square, PA Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:12 AM
  13. Dear Susan, Eddie, Harry, and Starsky (of course),
    There are no words to adequately express our sympathies for your loss. Michael’s warmth and beautiful spirit will now live on through all of you.
    We consider ourselves blessed to have known him and to be your friends.
    You are all loved.

    Posted by: The Donley family – West Grove, PA Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:12 AM
  14. Susan and boys – so sorry for your great loss. There are no words.
    Donna and Tom Lauletta

    Posted by: A friend Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:11 AM
  15. Burkey was a true friend to all of us at Penn St, which is where I met him. We will remember him with fond memories and warm, heavy hearts. RIP Burkey

    Posted by: Bob Rosensteel – Lancaster, PA Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:11 AM
  16. Words cannot express how we feel at the loss of Mike. He was a fine man, husband, father and friend. God bless you all at this time. With our most sincere condolences and love.

    Posted by: & Dick Southard – Kennett Square, PA Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:11 AM
  17. Dear Susan and boys: I want you to know how very sorry John and I are for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you.

    Posted by: John and Rosemary Orsini – Hockessin, DE Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:10 AM
  18. Dear Helen, Susan and family,
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Michael put up a long and courageous fight. He will be missed. He is now at peace and pain free. You were lucky to have each other during his illness. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Love and Peace,
    Carol Hanna

    Posted by: Carol Ann Hanna – Kennett Square, PA – friend Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:10 AM
  19. Susan & family please know that you will be in my prayers. I feel truly blessed to have known him.

    Posted by: Cheryl Doyle – West Grove, PA Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:09 AM
  20. I have many great memories of mike. We shared a house on Newark rd many years ago. He was a great spirit.

    Posted by: steven bertrando – toughkenamon, PA – friend Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:09 AM
  21. Susan I am so sorry to hear about Michael. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Posted by: Beth Tice – Clearwater, FL Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:09 AM
  22. Dearest Susan, Eddie and Harry,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. God broke the mold when he made Michael. I have never known such a caring, humble and giving man. And oh his sense of humor and contagious laugh will forever ring in my ears. He put up a good fight and kept his strong faith in God during the battle. He adored his beautiful wife and loving sons. May God Bless you in this time of sorrow and know he is with you for eternity. RIP Michael. We love you.

    Karen, Melanie and Angela Crossan

    Posted by: Karen Crossan – West Grove, PA – Friend Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:09 AM
  23. So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was truly a man of faith, and such an inspiration to all who were fortunate to know him. May your family be comforted with the many memories you have. He was truly a blessing to our church.

    Posted by: Diane Kelly – West grove, PA – Friend Oct 08, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:08 AM
  24. Dear Susan, I was truly sadden to hear of Michael’s passing. May your life together bring you solace in the days to come. He was truly a man with a loving soul.

    Posted by: Vicki Kraut Corrozi – Landenberg, PA – Friend Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:07 AM
  25. Dear Susan and Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. What a grata guy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by: Patty and Ted Thompson Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:07 AM
  26. Susan and Family,
    May the memories of your husband/father/son be the blessing our heavenly Father intended it to be. May God comfort you during this time.

    In His Steps,

    Wanda Quintana (Soto)

    Posted by: A friend Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:07 AM
  27. Dear Susan,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Be assured of my prayers for you and your family.
    Fr. Mark Kelleher

    Posted by: Fr. Mark Kelleher – Centreville, MD – High School classmate Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:06 AM
  28. Susan may you find strength from Michael’s memories and love in the days to come….my thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys at this very sad time….

    Posted by: Michele Jones – West Grove, PA Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:06 AM
  29. I am so sorry. We love you. He will be missed. Love Valerie, Nicole, Alicia, Rich

    Posted by: Valerie McClure – Landenberg, PA – Friends Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:06 AM
  30. We send the Burkhart family out sympathy & prayers on Michael’s passing to heaven. His courage is an inspiration to all. Mat God bless you.

    Posted by: Joseph & Maria Murphy – Basking Ridge, NJ – Friend Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:05 AM
  31. Dear Susan and Family,

    May you find comfort in the fond memories you will forever cherish….Memories, laughter, love…..the treasures we keep forever.

    Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers…

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Kim Wilson

    Posted by: Kim Wilson Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:05 AM
  32. Dear Susan, Eddie and Harry,

    Words can not express how truly sorry we are for your loss. Mike was one of those rare individuals who made a lasting impression on everyone he met. He was a man of integrity and great faith. He lived his life to the fullest and gave his sons the best example of how to be a good man.

    May God wrap you all in the warmth of his love.

    Sincerely,
    Rita, Gary, Heidi, Britta and Krista

    Posted by: Rita, Gary, Heidi, Britta and Krista Gamache – West Grove, PA – Friend Oct 09, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:05 AM
  33. Susan the the boys, sorry to hear about Mike. He was a tuff man and I always admired him…I have done about a dozen cords of firewood in the last couple years and just cant imagine the energy he had to do what he did and come home and do firewood …stay strong

    Posted by: Rich McClure – Port Deposit, MD Oct 10, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:05 AM
  34. Dear Susan, Eddie & Harry,
    I am so sorry to hear that you lost Mike. He was such a nice man – always with a smile on his face. He fought the good fight and is now in peace and comfort. Hang on to the promise that you will see him again.

    Posted by: Nancy (Tice) Hallinan – Oxford, PA Oct 10, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:04 AM
  35. Dear Burkhart Family, We remember well Michael from the time he was a very small child. He was a wonderful boy and grew to be a fantastic son and husband and father. We grieve with you on his loss.
    Ken and Carol Wendel

    Posted by: Carol Wendel – New Holland, PA Oct 10, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:04 AM
  36. Susan and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Posted by: Carol & Dave Warren – Landenberg, PA Oct 10, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:04 AM
  37. Sue, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you husband. You know i know how you feel. How I keep my strenght is that i find my comfort in God and i know God does not make mistakes. Life is hard but God is GOOD…

    Posted by: Anita Cruz Oct 10, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:03 AM
  38. Susan, Eddie, and Harry,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy. We know that your happy memories will keep you going. Mike was truly an inspiration to many. Sending strength and love to all of you….including Starsky.

    Posted by: Dan, Cathy, and Mike Cipollini – West Grove, PA Oct 11, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:03 AM
  39. Again Susan and boys,

    We are extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. Michael was a wonderful man and he will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Rest in peace Michael.

    Love,
    Karen & Grover

    Posted by: Karen Crossan – West Grove, PA – friend Oct 12, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:03 AM
  40. Dear Jay, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I remember you all in school. We seem to move and not know where every one moves. My prayers and thoughts are with you and all your family. I pray God will ease the pain everyone is going through. Many thoughts and prayers. Myrtle Holman (1972)

    Posted by: Myrtle Holman Pierce – Oxford, PA – graduated with Jay Oct 12, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:03 AM
  41. Dear Burkhart Family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Although it’s been many years since I’ve seen you fine folks, I do remember very well spending time as a kid at your house with your family. I always looked up to Mike and I consider myself blessed to spend time with him and your family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of grief. Warmest Regards, Travis Blanton.

    Posted by: Travis Blanton – Kennett Square, PA – Previous neighbor Oct 12, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:02 AM
  42. Sorry that we were out of town this weekend. We’ve had Mike and the family in our thoughts and prayers for years, and are so sorry for the loss of a great person. We are blessed to have known him. Peace and love, the Brodie’s.

    Posted by: Dave Brodie and family – New London, PA – Friend Oct 14, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:02 AM
  43. Susan,
    I’m saddened beyond belief to hear of Mikes passing. I have so many fond memories of working with Mike during our logging days. Know that you and your boys will be in my prayers. This world has lost a very special person; Heaven has gained a very special angel…Stay strong and believe that we will all be reunited again!

    Posted by: Randy Fisher – Wilmington, DE Oct 15, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:02 AM
  44. Susan, I was so sorry to hear about Michael’s passing. I didn’t even know he was ill. I pray for you and your Sons and truly believe Michael is in a better place, pain free. I can completely understand your feelings and will always remember the great times Michael and Gussy had. Now they are together!

    Posted by: Kris McLaughlin – Stuart, FL – Friend Oct 25, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:01 AM
  45. I am in disbelief that I just saw this. When I entered the service after high school,As he went in his direction. We lost touch for ten to fifteen year blocks of life. I could not do anything but respect Mike, Even as we weren’t our own ways. I will forever hold him as I knew him I leave Mike a Salute, and a heap of respect. Will not forget you now. God Bless

    Posted by: Bernie Dougherty – Kennett Square, PA – Friend Dec 29, 2013

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:01 AM
  46. The shock when I read of such great loss not only to his family but to the world . Life isn’t perfect yet Mikes smile could light a room . When he would look at Susan his heart beat could move his shirt , seeing the two of you together would allow me to hope someday I myself may fine this type of love you shared . As the tears form in my eyes I can only feel the loss you feel . So stop take a deep breath look to the sky weather it be in the day or late at night , know Mike is watching over his wife , his children , friends and family so keep your eyes open and watch where you walk cause he will forever be by your side . May God hold you and give you the strength to get Thur . Strength and Hugs till we all meet again . Karen Ruoss

    Posted by: karen ruoss – West Chester, PA – old friends Sep 27, 2015

    mbrown | November 1, 2021 at 9:00 AM

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