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Matthew Burich

June 16, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette

NORTON SHORES, Mich. - Matthew Burich, 89, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, in Muskegon, Mich.

He was born Feb. 10, 1923, to Frank and Pauline (Herlevich) Burich in Dodgeville.

Mr. Burich was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, proudly serving his country, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa.

On June 21, 1947, he married the love of his life, Sophie Pavlich in Houghton and they enjoyed 56 years together.

Prior to his retirement in 1986, Matt worked for Burroughs Corporation in Holland, Ohio, as a warehouse distribution center supervisor.

He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, enjoyed playing cards, reading and woodworking. Matt was a man of integrity, kind and gentle, loved by all who knew him and he will be missed.

He is survived by his daughters, Sandra (Paul) Zimmerman and Kristin (Kent) Kiley; grandchildren, Pamela (Wayne) Bennett, Ronald (Sally) Blaszczyk, Ryan (Christyn) Kiley and Kellen (Mary) Kiley; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Brooke Blaszczyk and Peyton Kiley; brother, George Burich; sister, Pauline Jackovich; sisters-in-law, Florence Burich and Agnes Erlandson; and many nieces and nephews.

Matt was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sophie; brothers, Steve and Frank; and sisters, Francis Starin, Mary Pintar and Anne Starin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on June 22, 2012, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Houghton with Rev. Fr. John E. Martignon presiding. Interment will take place immediately following the Mass in Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.

People may sign the family's online guestbook at

Arrangements are by Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. Norton Shores, Mich.



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