Burdick Newsletters

Summer, 2018


Terrible Tragedy and a Mystery

by Steve Burdick (steveburdick3@gmail.com)

(Steve initially sent me the following article about a tragic auto accident that involved his ancestors. Unfortunately, some of the reproduced article is cut off. I asked Steve more about his line and he kindly provided more of the story. As you will see, it is a mystery of the sort genealogy researchers encounter. If you can help provide additional information please do. -- HB)

Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, 1924

Mrs. John Fazoli and Six Children Badly Managed by Flyer

Port Allegany's Worst Tragedy.

Horrible Accident Happens in View of Ball Park asn Players Finish Game. Immense Crowd Rushes to Scene, Coroner's Jury Exonerates Train Cres.

The most horrible tragedy in the history of Port Allegany took place Sunday afternoon at 5:28 o'clock when an Overland automobile owned by John Fazioli (sp) was struck by the Washington-Buffalo flyer, and Mrs. Fazioli were instantly killed.

The dead are:
Mrs. Stella Fazioli, age 31
Ruth, age 11
Howard, age 9
Joseph, age 6
Viola, age 4
Donald, age 2
Lloyd, age nine months

The Fazioli family had just returned from a pleasant ride in the qutomobile. The father stated that he was going out again for a short time, intending to watch the ball game across the tracks. The family desired to go with him, so he started his car. As he approached the track Fazioli waved his hand to Frank Vanover who was standing near. The train was coming down the track at about fifty miles per hour. Fazioli

...missing...

the air from the heavy traffic along the road. Arthur Barker gave similar testimony. Tracy Buck, engineer of the train, testified that they were going from 45 to 50 miles an hour; that the brakes had been tested at Keating Summit; that the train stopped within a thousand feet of the accident, which is considered a remarkable stop. Fireman E. C. Peck and Conductor Frank E. Mason gave similar testimony.

The coroners jury, consisting of J. W. Seltz, Walter Heminger, Norton Lillibridge, Volney Tefft, H. J. Elswerth, Walter Wilson brought in a verdict exonerating the train crew from any blame of the accident.

The Overland car was completely wrecked, battered almost beyond recognition. The bodies of the victims were very badly cut and mutiliated, and presented a pitiable sight.

...missing...

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Here is where the mystery starts. Steve also sent me the 1920 Census report for Liberty Township, PA which lists the following names:

Bliss, Norman - Head, age 54
Bliss, Estella - Daughter, age 27
Bliss, Gerry W. - Son, age 13
Burdick, Ruth M.- Granddaughter, age 6
Burdick, Howard - Grandson, age 5
Fitzoli, Joseph - Grandson, age 1-7/12
Fitzoli, Joseph - Boarder, age 35

Who are Ruth and Howard Burdick, and how do they fit into the Fizoli family tragedy?

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Steve provided this information in a recent email:

"Here is what I know and my problem. George Washington Burdick is not my real grandfather although he is the only grandfather I knew. My real grandfather is a man named Harry Dippo and my father actually had to go to court in or about 1945 to change all of us kid's last name to Burdick. As I researched George's past, I discovered that Estella came into the picture. The problem I have is that Ruth was born in 1913 and Howard in 1915 - my dad (Richard Burdick) was born in 1914 between the two with the same last name? I had one researcher tell me that I researched the wrong George Burdick - that his middle name was not Washington - however, I have a family tree from Moffitt-Graham that stated that George was married to Estella at age 19 (attached). I have never been able to find - nor has anyone else- a marriage license for George and Francis Sherwood (my Grandmother). I have attached a few other documents that I researched but no real proof. I would just like to know the truth!"

There is confusion between George William Burdick (I1101126) and George Washington Burdick as the following note from Connie (Burdick) Gordon, granddaughter of George William:

"Richard's mother, Frances, may have been married to a Harry Dippo prior to George but I do not have proof of this. Harry 1899-1984 is the father of Richard Burdick. Richard Burdick is not the son of George and Frances. Richard Burdick married Helen Lebarron. As Richard's granddaughter, Helen Burdick Knapp, wrote in August 2016, Richard did not know that George Burdick was not his father until he was an adult. Though Richard was not adopted but was given the Burdick name."

If you can help shed some light on this mystery contact us. We would all like to know.


Francis Marion Burdick

submitted by Howard Burdick (howard@burdickfamily.org)

(I have heard about Francis Marion Burdick (I1541) and knew he was a well-known law professor. Until I read this summary of his life in the Columbia Law Review I had no idea how extensive his career was. This article is lengthy and I kept trying to edit it to something shorter. But every time I cut something it detracted from his legacy, so I decided to present it in its entirety. It is yet another example of how a single family member can have an impact on our lives. -- HB)

Columbia Law Review
November, 1920

With deep sorrow and regret the graduates of Columbia Law School and a host of friends and professional associates learned of the sudden death of Francis Marion Burdick, Emeritus Professor of Law in Columbia University, at his summer home in DeRuyter, New York, on June 3rd, 1920. Although in the seventy-fifth year of his age, so keen were all his faculties, his bodily health was apparently so excellent, and he had retained so completely the resilient and cheerful spirit which was characteristic of him, that his friends were surprised and shocked at the news of his death as though it were the untimely cutting off of a young man.

His was an active life until the very day of his death. He had recently contributed to some of the leading law periodicals. At the time of his death he was at work on a book on Constitutional Law which he hoped to place in the publishers’ hands during the current year. In May last, on his return from a happy sojourn in Southern California, he attended the dinner of the COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW, and his old friends and students then commented on his buoyancy of spirit despite his advancing years, and on the happy and intellectually fruitful life he was leading in his retirement. With the sadness which comes to us at the loss of an old friend and teacher there is mingled a feeling of profound satisfaction that a life so long, so useful and so beneficent as his should have been thus fortunate in its closing years.

Professor Burdick was appointed to the Dwight professorship of law in Columbia University in 1891. His training and experience had peculiarly fitted him for the position which he was then called upon to fill. Two years before, William A. Keener had been appointed Dean of the School along lines which had been successfully employed in recreating and revivifying the Harvard Law School. This involved a program for the study of law from original sources and by the application of scientific methods which are fundamental in all scholarship, the raising of standards of preliminary liberal education of its students and the exaction from them of more thorough and scholarly work while in the School.

There was need at this time of a professor in the School who was in hearty sympathy with these main purposes and who at the same time was not so closely identified with the similar movement at Harvard as to be subject to the charge that he was a propagandist for it. It was essential, too, that he should know by personal acquaintance and experience something of the history and temper of the New York Bar with which the School as newly organized must win its way, and that his personal experience and reputation should be such as to command the attention and respect of his fellow members of the bar. In all of these respects Professor Burdick’s appointment was an ideal one and when one looks back on the twenty-five year period of his service which ended with his retirement in 1916, and surveys it as a whole, one realizes how eminently ftting his appointment was and how great was the service which he rendered to the School and to the University during all those years.

Born in the little town of DeRuyter, New York, August 1, 1845, he was prepared for college at the DeRuyter Institute and the Cazenovia Seminary. He graduated from Hamilton College among the leaders of his class in 1869. He then taught the classics at Whitestone (New York) Seminary for a brief time and then joined the editorial staff of the Utica Herald. In the following year feeling the call of the law, he returned to Hamilton College to become a student of Professor Theodore Dwight. In 1872 he received his degree of LLB, from Hamilton and began his career as a practicing lawyer in Utica, New York. Some years later he became a member of the well-known law firm of Beardsley, Burdick and Beardsley of that city. In 1882 he was elected Mayor of Utica on a citizens’ reform ticket. Shortly afterward came the call to the Maynard King professorship of law and history at Hamilton as successor to Theodore Dwight who had retired from Hamilton to enter upon his brilliant and unique career as a law teacher in New York City. Professor Burdick was then in the enjoyment of a successful law practice and a man of prominence and high standing in the community ; but to one of his intellectual tastes and scholarly habit of mind, the call to a professorship at Hamilton, for which he always had the deepest affection, was one not to be denied. In 1895 Hamilton College, in recognition of his services to legal education, conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws upon him.

With the appointment at Hamilton began that long career of thirty-four years as law teacher and law writer in which he rendered such distinguished service and which brought to him increasing joy and happiness which he counted among the durable satisfactions of his life. He at once became a force in the intellectual life of Hamilton. He vivified class room instruction. He introduced new courses and strengthened the faith and stimulated the practice of students in scholarly methods. In later years he often spoke with affectionate regard and genuine enthusiasm for those early years at Hamilton in which he first experienced the joy and inspiration which come to the teacher in the practice of his art. Four years later he was called by Cornell University to a professorship in law in the newly organized Cornell College of Law. This school was opened in the fall of 1887 with fifty-four students and a faculty consisting of Judge Douglas Boardman, the first dean of the school, Professor Burdick and Professor Harry B. Hutchins who afterward became Dean of the law school of the University of Michigan. Here Professor Burdick’s thoroughness and scholarship, his capacity for steady, painstaking intellectual labor and his gifts as a teacher were important factors in establishing the new school on a firm basis and in giving it the assured position which it has ever since held among the important law schools of the country, While at Cornell he began to make use of original sources as the basis of class room instruction, a method which has come to be somewhat inaccurately and quite incompletely described as the “case system”. His success in the use of the new system and his manifest qualifications for assisting in carrying on the work of the newly-organized school at Columbia very naturally led to his appointment to the Theodore W. Dwight professorship of law at Columbia in 1891.

Here in association with Dean Keener and a little later with Professors Canfield, Kirchwey and Cumming, he began the work of building up the reorganized school into the Columbia Law School as we know it today. All were able teachers of law and all saw clearly the necessity of developing and strengthening legal education through the application of scientific methods and the exaction of academic standards of scholarship. Although there had been various experiments in legal education in the United States dating from the law school of Judge Reeve in Litchfield, Conn., a hundred years before, the application of academic standards and methods to professional law study was still a novelty. When Dean Langdell was called to his professorship at Harvard in 1872 to rejuvenate that School, notwithstanding its reputation and its long period of eminent service, it then gave no examinations, kept no academic records and made no requirements of attendance. The success of the effort at Harvard to convert the School into a modem educational institution with academic and university standards had encouraged the Trustees of Columbia to try the experiment at Columbia. With this end in view Professor Keener after a brilliant success as a professor of law at Harvard was made Dean of the School at Columbia and the second appointment to the new faculty was that of Professor Burdick. He was thus brought into a situation which gave full scope for the exercise of his peculiar talents. Always methodical and painstaking in his methods of work, he brought to the class room a systematic and orderly procedure and a thoroughness in the exposition of legal subjects which were a revelation to his students, and which were in themselves an immense contribution to the development of the School.

He had unbounded faith in the new program and absolute confidence in its ultimate success. In faculty meetings, in the University Council of which he was a member during the entire period of his professorship, and in the informal conferences with his associates, his devotion to it did not falter. His innate common sense, his balance and sanity of judgment, won their confidence and respect. In all decisions of policy he saw clearly the educational principle involved and his voice was always raised in loyal adherence to sound principles of education. In this respect his attitude toward law school problems was distinctly academic but notwithstanding the emphasis which he placed on academic standards and requirements, as a teacher and in his contact with students he was preeminently the lawyer and he never lost sight of the fact that his students were to become practicing lawyers. He therefore deemed it his primary duty as a teacher to present to them as complete a picture of the law as it has actually developed as was possible in the limited time at his command.

For the accomplishment of this task he possessed an almost unique capacity, both because of his profound knowledge of the common law and his ability to interpret its spirit and history. To him the law was a practical system for the administration of justice. That it was sometimes illogical and sometimes did not conform to strict theory were negligible incidents if its rules were settled and if they satisfied the requirements of practical convenience. In this respect his attitude typified the common law itself which has always stood ready to disregard logic and sacrifice theory to the practical end of enabling people to get on together in civilized communities with as little restraint as possible on individual liberty.

But his was not a mere blind acceptance of precedent as the final settlement of legal rules. Whenever the legal rule did _not satisfy the requirements of practical convenience or did not in its practical application harmonize with other rules, no one could be more ready than he to criticize it nor more penetrating in his criticism. A characteristic example of this attitude is to be found in his article “A Statute for Promoting Fraud” published in Volume 16 of the COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW in which he vigorously attacked what seemed to him an unsound judicial interpretation of the 17th section of the Statute of Frauds.

His regard for the law as a practical system did not, however, lessen his faith in its essential moral quality or his belief that its substantial foundation was the moral sense of the community, although he was quick to recognize that moral standards vary from generation to generation and that a legal rule which con- formed to the moral standards of one period might fall far short of the standards of another. But he rejected as fundamentally unsound the notion that law is the mere resultant of the clashing of the greed of classes or the product of blind economic forces untempered by the moral forces of society. The faith that was in him was justified by a striking article published in Volume 25 of the Harvard Law Review entitled “Is Law an Expression of Class Selfishness?” It attracted wide attention at the time of its publication and is well worth re-reading in these times when there is so pronounced a tendency to account for all legal phenomena on exclusively economic grounds.

During his long career as a teacher he taught many subjects in the Law School curriculum but his attention was devoted mainly to Torts, Sales and Partnership, and it is with these subjects that his career as a teacher and writer is most closely identified. In each of these subjects he produced case-books which were adopted in many of the leading law schools of the country, and in each he wrote text books of unique quality and great practical utility both to students and practitioners. In their preparation his aim was to present in a book of moderate size a complete and scholarly résumé of the subject as it had been developed by the courts and by legislation. Such a task required, aside from profound knowledge of the subject, unusual capacity for short, pithy statement and the exercise of great discrimination in the selection of citations and in the order and method of presentation of the principles which they embodied.

In the preparation of these books he was singularly fortunate in the selection for discussion of those cases which have dominated or guided the great currents of authority so that the practitioner as well as the student with a knotty point to settle usually finds in them the clue for its solution. It is remarkable how frequently these books of such modest proportions have proved their worth in this manner in cases where more pretentious treatises have failed to render assistance. They are enduring proof of his grasp of those subjects to which he devoted his principal attention and of his capacity for concise and lucid exposition.

Professor Burdick was not blessed with a strong physique, and to the casual observer he gave the impression that he did not have the vigorous constitution required for the performance of the exacting duties of the teacher in a modern law school. But lack of physical strength in his case was more than compensated for by his unusual power for steady and systematic work carried on with unfailing regularity and precision. For more than twenty—five years of his professorship at Columbia and practically without interruption he gave seven or more law lectures a week making always in advance the necessary careful preparation in assembling and organizing and rearranging the material for class room discussion, in the light of current development of the law. He kept office hours for consultations with students which were freely availed of. He read each term hundreds of examination books with a painstaking care and precision which were the despair of his associates. But in addition to all this routine work exacting enough to have taxed the strength of a far more robust man he did the necessary work for the production of his text and case books including revisions for new editions, and at regular intervals he published a series of monographs on legal subjects in the various law reviews. The COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW, of which he was a trustee and in which he was deeply interested, naturally had the first claim upon him for the publication of these miscellaneous writings. In the sixteen volumes of the REVIEW published before his retirement there will be found fourteen articles of his on a great variety of legal subjects. He was also a frequent contributor to the various other law reviews and legal periodicals and he regularly produced book reviews, usually non-technical in character, which were published in a number of the important journals of opinion. A bibliography of his writings published in Case and Comment at the time of his retirement from his professorship lists nine books, three which have passed into second editions and three which have passed into third editions, and thirty-nine articles appearing in periodicals including the Columbia, Harvard, Michigan and Illinois Law Reviews, The Green Bay, The North American Review, and various other publications.

This very considerable body of legal literature constitutes an important contribution to our knowledge of the nature and the history of legal doctrine in those subjects in which Professor Burdick was especially interested. Their dominant note was law improvement through a better understanding and interpretation of legal principles and all are characterized by his profound faith in the capacity of the common law to deal adequately with its own problems through its inherent capacity to correct its mistakes and to adapt itself to changed conditions. Throughout they are tempered with the common sense and sound judgment which were typical of all his intellectual processes.

From 1907 until the time of his death he was one of the Com- missioners on Uniform Laws representing the State of New York. He regularly attended their meetings, served on their committees and rendered important service in the drafting of the uniform laws which have been recommended by the Commissioners and have been extensively enacted into law in the several states. He was active in the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association. His activities were not limited, however, to his purely professional interests, but he gave freely of his time and energy to the work of the church and to various efforts toward civic and social betterment. Notably he was a member of the well-known Committee of Fourteen organized for the suppression of vice in New York City and which rendered continuous and important service in civic affairs for a number of years.

Professor Burdick was especially fortunate in his home life. He was the loved and revered center of a family circle peculiarly attractive and delightful. His wife who was Miss Sarah Underhill Kellogg, and four children, three daughters and a son, survive him. The son, Charles K. Burdick, was a graduate of Columbia Law School in 1908, and is now a professor of law in the Cornell College of Law. Whenever circumstances would permit and especially during the vacation intervals, the members of this family group were inseparable. Together they made several sojourns in Europe and in later years during the summer they were accustomed to gather at his summer home in DeRuyter. His death was the first break in the family circle.

Perhaps the trait of character which most impressed his friends and which was most surprising to those who did not know him well was his firmness and vigor in defending any cause in which he believed as a matter of principle. Habitually gentle and kindly in manner and modest in the assertion of his views, his gentleness veiled a strength of character and purpose which on suitable occasion could make itself felt and respected in a manner which commanded the admiration of his friends although it often astonished those who were not his intimates. This side of his character was brought out strongly when the inevitable reaction came follow- ing the placing of the Law School on a graduate basis and the adoption of the three-year curriculum. With requirements so far in excess of bar requirements the School faced an almost certain diminution in numbers and there were those who in moments of weakness and uncertainty counselled a lowering of standards and the making of concessions to the expediency of the moment. The energy and resourcefulness and the unshaken confidence in the future of the School with which Professor Burdick exposed the weakness and folly of such a policy and the firmness and vigor with which he strengthened the resolution of the faculty to adhere to the policy which it had deliberately adopted should be gratefully remembered by every friend of the School.

Courage without unnecessary aggression, loyalty to principle and to duty, love of honesty and justice and a singular sweetness and serenity of temper in his dealings with others were characteristic of the man. These solid qualities of character made a deep and lasting impression on his students and associates. They were indeed as important an element in his useful and successful life as were his purely intellectual qualities. Unconsciously the lives of those who came in daily contact with him were enriched by the character of the man. When in 1916 after twenty-five years of service he asked to be released from his professorial duties, the spontaneous expressions of affection and respect for the man and the genuine regret at his going bore striking witness to the abiding influence of his character and service. The graduating class of that year presented to the School his portrait, an impressive likeness revealing the character and intellectual quality of the man. Placed on the wall of our reading room it is a permanent reminder to us all of his useful and fortunate career and of those qualities of mind and heart which made it possible.


Burdick News... Up-To-The-Minute!

Ann Hickey (abchickey@cox.net) is looking for any books, records or old literature containing information provided by her paternal grandmother, Florine Burdick Davis. Florine told stories of her sea captain father-in-law, George Burdick. He lived in Providence, Rhode Island, and had 3 sons, George, Jr., Ezekiel Luther (Ann's paternal great-grandfather), and Benjamin. The three sons made a move to Macon, Georgia, just before or during the Civil War. Ezekiel Luther and one of his brothers owned and operated the Burdick Mercantile in Macon. Much of this information was contained in a book Ann's grandmother had but was lost when Florine moved. If you know of this book or can help Ann in her search for information it would be much appreciated.

Ruth Mesarch (meme82543@gmail.com) has hit a brick wall. She is looking for the parents of David Quigg Burns, husband of Hannah Burdick (I610484). He was born October 10, 1805-1806 in Chittenden County, VT and died September 1, 1876, Martindale, Columbia County, NY. If you can help, or have any suggestions of where Ruth can look, please contact her.

Ken Champagne (kenchampagne1@gmail.com) is looking for someone doing research into the Wilbur Burdick (I272) (1770-1840) family from Berlin, NY. Specifically, Ken is trying to get details on the descendants of Menzo Burdick's (I3055) (Andover, NY) daughters, Grace and Florence. Ken's mother, who was born in 1929, is adopted. Ken has traced her adoption records and they show the birth mother was Grace Burdick (age 19) of Andover, NY, born December 10, 1909. The father is Alexander Marks age 30. Ken has taken a DNA test which turned up numerous Burdick cousins but has not yet found a definitive connection. One living child of Alexander relayed the story: "once Edna found out about that young girl at the college she put a stop to that quickly." It seems likely that Grace (I213055) was "that young girl". Grace is the g-granddaughter of Asa Burdick (I752) who has many recorded descendants. If you know this line or can help Ken in his quest please contact him.

Donna A. Crandall (crandalld@att.net) is a descendant of Martha Burdick (I733) who married Joseph Cross. Martha and Joseph had one child, Mary, who married Robert Crandall. Robert and Mary are Donna's gg-grandparents. She is looking for records or certificates for the birth and/or death of Martha Burdick. Donna has also heard there is a Bible somewhere with this information, but she does not know who has it. Do you know? Can you help Donna in her search for documents?

Maureen Hill purchased a large photograph (10x16) of a World War II sailor in an antique store in Grand Rapids, MI for the frame. When she removed the photo the inscription on the back read "Lyle Burdick, died at Pearl Harbor on board ship". Maureen graciously sent me the photo in the hopes of returning it to a close family member. There are several Lyle Burdicks in the genealogy but none appear to match the sailor in the photo. A little searching shows that Lyle did not die at Pearl Harbor but was killed on board the SS Losmar, a merchant ship, on September 24, 1942 in the Indian Ocean after the ship was struck by a Japanese torpedo. If you know this line or are a member of Lyle's family please contact me (howard@burdickfamily.org) and I will send you the photo. You can see Lyle's picture in the "Photos" section of the Burdick Family Association web site.

Ken Hedden, Sr, (kenheddensr@gmail.com) sends along word that his father, Warren Hedden Jr. (I10490006), went to be with the Lord on March 25, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the late Barbara L. (Provost) Hedden. He was born in the Village of Tamarack, Town of Brunswick, New York the son of the late Warren H. Hedden Sr. and Barbara Miner. He is survived by his children Kenneth A. Hedden (Geri), Kimberly A. Meres (Patrick Peters), Kevin C. Provost (Debby), Karyn A. Marinucci (Tom), niece Sylvia Burroughs as well as 9 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. In addition to his parents, Warren is predeceased by his daughter, Debra Warner, three half-brothers, Eugene Miner, Bernard Miner, Elsworth Miner and grandson, Randy Meres.

Sharon Paugh's (slpaugh@aol.com) dear friend, Dorothy Burdick, lost her husband, Martin. Martin Myrl Burdick, Col USAF (Ret.) of Littleton, CO, went to be with God on May 13, 2018. He was born Feb.7, 1934 in Carbondale, PA to Alice Henrietta Dietz and Myrl Wallace Burdick (I113931), both now deceased. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jeannette, of 62 years and their beloved children Robert Myrl Burdick (Jodi Beth Jennings) and Linda Lee Burdick. He flew as a navigator in B-47, B-52 and RF4. While stationed in Thailand he flew 100 reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam. Martin worked at the Pentagon with the Dir. of Space and as Exec. to the AF Asst. Sec. Following graduation from National War College and ICAF he served in the Grand Forks, ND Missile Wing. He directed missile testing at Vandenberg, Ca, and development of the MX missile at Omaha and retired as Wing Commander at F.E. Warren AF Base. After 26 years in the AF he worked at Lockheed Martin and then as a consultant for Pratt Whitney, retiring in 2003.

Don't forget to search the obituary web site that Carol Reppard (reppardc@gmail.com) has told us about: http://www.legacy.com/ns/obitfinder/obituary-search.aspx.

Carol sends the following three obituaries:

John A. Burdick, 66, a resident of Hoosick Falls, NY. peacefully passed away after a long and hard fought battle with cancer on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Hoosick Falls on May 23, 1951, John was the son of Forrest and Shirley Burdick. A 1970 graduate of Hoosick Falls High School, he attended Hudson Valley Community College and then began his career as a Master Electrician. In his spare time, John enjoyed travelling, spending time at the beach, watching and attending NASCAR races and being a handyman for anyone who needed assistance. On May 22, 1976, John married his loving wife, Mary Teresa ("Terri") at the Immaculate Conception Church. For 42 years, Terri was the sunshine of John's life which only brightened as their family grew. John and Terri were blessed with three children: Michael (Myla) Burdick, Krista Burdick and Todd (Colleen) Burdick. In later years, John and Terri were once again blessed with grandchildren. John also leaves behind his sister Judy (Jeff) Brownell and brother Jeff (Jean) Burdick, as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and dear friends.

Patricia Carroll Curry Burdick of Delmar, NY passed away on April 2, 2018. She was the daughter of Edward Peter Curry and Rosalie Marie Nally Curry. After Pat's father's passing, she and her mother moved to Albany. Pat graduated from Academy of the Holy Names and Marymount College ('51) in Tarrytown, N.Y. After college, Pat worked at the Albany V.A. Hospital. Pat and Frederick C. Burdick were married April 7, 1958. They have four children, Mary Patricia (Remmel), Peter Blake Burdick, Melissa Carroll (Tim Gilson) and Thomas Curry Burdick (Ann Hoch). Pat and Fred were happily married for 60 years. They traveled extensively, enjoying summer vacations with relatives in Canada, visiting Mexico, the Caribbean, China, Russia, Turkey, Israel and 16 trips to Europe! Pat's greatest love were her grandchildren, John Harold, Emily Blake and Margaret (Maggie) Elizabeth Remmel; Jack Quinlan, Emma Curry and William Frederick Gilson; Ann Elizabeth and Amy Curry Burdick.

Georgianna Burdick, age 63, life resident of Altmar and Pulaski passed away Sunday at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. Georgianna was born November 14, 1954 in Watertown, the daughter of David and Shirley Taylor Hess. Georgianna was a member of the Sackets Harbor American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are her loving husband of 48 years, Steven, three daughters, Becky Burdick of Altmar, Melody (Craig) Gibbs of Constantia, and Sherri Greene (Don House) of Brewerton, one son, Steven (Sarah) Burdick II of Williamstown, nine grandchildren, Trisha, Alex, Brittany, Judson, Dylan, Seth, Logan, Zander and Emma, one great-grandson, Mason, one brother, David (Jane) Hess of Sackets Harbor and one sister Faunta (Ed) Harris of Parish and many nieces and nephews. Georgianna was predeceased by one brother, John "Jack" Hess who passed away September 2017.


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