Marsha Miller Burdman, age 83, of Vienna, OH passed away peacefully at her home in Phoenix, AZ on August 9, 2021 surrounded by her children, after fighting a nearly two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Marsha was born on September 7, 1937 to Sally and Frank Miller in Toronto, OH. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, 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 the University of Pittsburgh in 1959, where she received her degree in Education. She became a first-grade teacher at Forrest Hills Elementary School in Pittsburgh upon her graduation from Pitt.
In 1960, after being fixed up on a blind date through a mutual friend, she met the love of her life, Kenneth Burdman of Youngstown, Ohio. Following a short courtship, they were married on November 13th of the same year.
Marsha continued teaching 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 passing in 1995.
A voracious reader, Marsha also enjoyed traveling the world with her closest friends, cousins and other family members, as well as playing canasta, knitting, and needlepointing. However, her most treasured moments were the countless memories from the regular family visits and vacations with her four loving children, their spouses, and 12 grandchildren who affectionately called her Mimi.
A true woman of valor, Marsha had a tremendous 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 good 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, and Janie Cowell of San Diego, and her 12 grandchildren, Korey, Taylor, and Lexi Burdman, Ryan, Alyssa (fiancée Max Fader), and Kelsey Bardach, Joshua, Emily, and Zachary Eastern, and Samantha, Dillon, and Brandon Cowell.
Funeral services will be held at Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home on Friday, August 13th at 2:00 p.m., followed by burial at Temple El Emeth Coitsville Cemetery. Friends may call on the family at the funeral home for one hour prior to the services. Shiva will be observed at the home of Lee & Bonnie Burdman at 7:00 p.m. on the evenings of Sunday-Tuesday, Aug. 15-17.
Donations in Marsha’s memory be made to the following organizations: The Burdman Family Fellowship for Financial Literacy or the Doris Burdman Scholarship at the Youngstown State University Foundation, 655 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH, 44502, http://www.ysufoundation.org; or Heritage Manor Rehabilitation and Retirement Community, at the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504, https://www.jewishyoungstown.org/forms/42/donate-to-heritage-manor/.
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