VIENNA – Marsha Miller Burdman, 83, died peacefully on Monday, August 9, 2021, at her home in Phoenix, surrounded by her children, after a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Marsha was born on September 7, 1937 to Sally and Frank Miller in Toronto, Ohio. She grew up in Pittsburgh and although she was an only child, she was blessed by the presence of 32 loving aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.
Marsha graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill in 1955 and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1959, where she received her degree in education. She became a grade one teacher at Forrest Hills Elementary School in Pittsburgh after graduating from Pitt.
In 1960 she met the love of her life, Kenneth Burdman of Youngstown. After a brief courtship, they married on November 13 of the same year.
Marsha continued to teach first graders in the Youngstown area in both the Hubbard and Austintown school districts for several years until she and Ken started their family in 1963. They raised four children and remained happily married for 34 years until Kenny’s death in 1995. .
A voracious reader, Marsha also enjoyed traveling the world with her closest friends, cousins, and other relatives, as well as playing canasta, knitting, and embroidering; however, her most cherished moments were the countless memories of regular family visits and vacations with her four loving children, their husbands and 12 grandchildren who affectionately called her Mimi.
A truly brave woman, Marsha had great character and a calming presence, and was loved and admired by all who knew her. Her close circle of friends was endless and she was also an aunt and Mimi to many children and grandchildren of close friends who were like family.
Marsha is survived by her son, Lee (Bonnie) of Canfield; daughters, Heidi (Robert) Bardach of Cincinnati, Stacey (Richard) Eastern of Seattle, Washington, and Janie Cowell of San Diego; and her 12 grandchildren, Korey, Taylor and Lexi Burdman, Ryan, Alyssa (fiance Max Fader) and Kelsey Bardach, Joshua, Emily and Zachary Eastern, and Samantha, Dillon and Brandon Cowell.
Funeral services will be at Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM, followed by interment at Temple El Emeth Coitsville Cemetery. Friends can visit the family at the funeral home an hour before the service. Shiva will be observed at Lee and Bonnie Burdman’s home at 7pm on the evenings Sunday through Tuesday, August 15-17.
Donations in memory of Marsha to the following organizations: The Burdman Family Fellowship for Financial Literacy or the Doris Burdman Scholarship at the Youngstown State University Foundation, 655 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502 (www.ysufoundation.org); of Heritage Manor Rehabilitation and Retirement Community in the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504
Arrangements are entrusted to The Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home. Friends and family can view this obituary and share memories and condolences at www.shriverallison courtleyfuneralhome.com.