Phyllis I. Burge, 86


Phyllis Irene Burge, 86, of Chatham, died Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, at her residence.

Private family ceremonies were held. Butler Funeral Home in Chatham was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Burge was born March 22, 1934, in Springfield, the daughter of Louis and Alvina (Lesauis) Casper. She married Ned Burge, Jr. on Oct. 6, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2014.

A graduate of Feitshans High School, she was co-owner and operator of Burge Glazing Contractors, Inc. She had previously worked for Sangamo Electric and Illinois Bell. She loved gardening, flowers, animals and cooking.

She is survived by children, Ned (wife Denise) Burge, III and Dianne (husband Dr. Joseph) Whalen of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; grandchildren, Kerry (husband Matt) Gamble and Stephanie (husband Christopher) Burge-Bollero, both of Chatham, Marie Burge of Hillsboro, and Devon and Riley Foster of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; great-grandchildren, Mailee, Kinley, Zoey, and Penelope; brothers, Robert Casper of Roby and Jerome (wife Diane) Casper of Springfield; and one niece and two nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark Burge; brothers, Louis and Joseph Casper; and sisters, Ruth Forsyth and Debra Casper.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd., Springfield, IL 62702, or the Central Illinois Food Bank, Attn: Cassie Veach, P.O. Box 8228, Springfield, IL 62791-8228.

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