Frances M. Burmeister, of Cassopolis

Oct. 3, 1920 — June 30, 2020

Frances May Burmeister passed away peacefully at the age of 99 in her Cassopolis home on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

She is survived by her loving son, Dennis Burmeister; daughter, Judy Hahn; and grandchildren, Jeff, Josh, Stacie and Sarah; along with 12 great-grandchildren.

Frances was born on Oct. 3, 1920. She was born, raised and passed in the same home she lived her entire life on a lovely corner lot in Cassopolis. She enjoyed a life full of travel and art. Frances found her creative side later in life taking up painting, ceramics, organ playing and even becoming a beautician all after the age of 55. 

Frances suffered a number of losses in her life, but always found a way to move forward. She was raised by her loving grandmother, May Frances. Both her parents were deceased by the time she was 16. Still a teenager, she began dating the love of her life, Frank Burmeister. Frank would wait for her outside the telephone office where she worked in downtown Cassopolis every night so he could walk her home. Frank and Frances married on Aug. 24, 1940, and lived a wonderful life together.

She and Frank eventually became “snow birds” in their retirement years, traveling to Florida every winter for more than two decades. Frances retired from BellSouth as a telephone operator after dedicating more than 35 years to the company. They enjoyed their sunny retirement adventures up until 2005.

Frank, her loving husband, passed away on their anniversary in 2009, but not before wishing Frances a “Happy Anniversary.”

Frances will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She loved a good laugh and would always find a way to make a joke for the people around her. She usually drank around three pots of green tea a day and her family would always say that was the secret to her enduring health right up until the end of her very full life. We love you, grandma, rest in peace and thank you for all our loving memories. 

The family prefers contributions in memory of Frances be made to CASA of Cass County (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children), 120 North Broadway St., Suite 215, Cassopolis, MI 49031.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.

Brandywine Education

Brandywine school board accepts back to school plan

Cass County

Cass County Fair Show and Go gives youth time to shine

News

Niles City Council approves social district 7-1

Dowagiac

Dowagiac City Council plans for Redevelopment Ready Communities certification

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Elks donate to Cass County Council on Aging

Berrien County

Berrien County Youth Fair to host third Fair Food Drive Thru

Cass County

Elkhart man saved from burning car in Mason Township

Berrien County

Update: Arrest made in wrong-way crash in Niles Township

News

Multiple area residents sentenced in Berrien County Court Monday

Berrien County

Hazardous weather outlook includes damaging winds for Berrien, Cass counties

News

Indiana-Michigan River Valley Trail receives funding toward next stop

Cass County

Dowagiac woman injured in motorcycle vs. truck accident

Cass County

One injured in Pokagon Township motorcycle crash

Cass County

Union woman injured in single vehicle crash

Cass County

One person injured in Newberg Township motorcycle crash

Cass County

Cass County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new bloodhound

Berrien County

Emergency order presents challenges to growers, organizations

Buchanan

Buchanan Community Schools hosts virtual town hall with parents

Cassopolis

On the Mantle opens in downtown Cassopolis selling handmade skincare

Cass County

Dowagiac man sentenced to jail following drug overdose, probation violation

Cass County

MEC annexes back into the village limits

Buchanan

Buchanan selects new city manager

Dowagiac

New Dowagiac pastor aims to ‘recapture the heartbeat’ of the Bible

Edwardsburg

Monday Evening club adds plaque to celebratory marker