Mary L Burton, 89, of Burlington, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2023 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mary was born in Crawford County on Nov. 13, 1933, to Herman and Grace (nee Helgerson) Sime. She spent her childhood on farms near Ferryville and graduated from High School in Seneca.

On June 7, 1952, Mary married her high school sweetheart, Ken Burton at Utica Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, they lived on the family farm in rural Seneca before making their home in Burlington. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage before Ken was called to heaven in 2018. Together they raised four children, ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Mary was a loving wife and mother first and foremost but also balanced home life and work life. Her work life culminated in some 38 years at Lynch Chevrolet in Burlington where she held many executive titles. Mary was an active member of Cross Lutheran Church of Burlington for 63 years. She was active in many groups including being instrumental in building the mission quilting group. She loved traveling with Ken all over the globe. Her greatest love was her family and her faith in God.

Mary is survived by her children Rich (Barb) Burton, Debbie (Ron) Kluge, and Patti Reilly; grandchildren Kim (Cory) Wohlrab, Kristi (Jim) Lejcar, Kyle (Carrie) Oldenburg, Kenny Kluge, Amy (Justin) Mathew, Marc Staton, Jen Reilly, Amanda (Chad) Cravens, Sarah Reilly, and Rebecca (Jake) Ehlen; along with great grandchildren Lane, Lexi, and Landon Wohlrab, Braden and Megan Lejcar, Caden and Jaden Oldenburg, Layla and Rex Kluge, Katie Mathew, Jackson Davis, Tyler Cravens, and Ava, Colin, and Haley Ehlen. She is also survived by a sister Janice Roberts; brothers John and Jim (Lila) Sime; sisters-in law Elaine Sime, Sandy Sime and Betty Launer; many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ken; daughter Cheryl; her parents; sisters Clarabelle Horner, Geraldine Faerber and Arlene Deml; brothers Kermit, Herman Sime Jr, and Roger Sime; and many other beloved family members.

The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Webber for his kindness, support, and compassion over the years, our very special hospice nurse Molly, our family at Cross Lutheran Church, and all our friends and family for their love and support.

Visitation will be held Saturday May 13 from 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Cross Lutheran Church with a service following at 1 p.m. with Rev. John Brink officiating. A private burial will take place in Burlington Cemetery at a later date.

Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit

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