Obituary: Virginia Mae Burkhardt |

Obituary: Virginia Mae Burkhardt

Virginia Mae Burkhardt passed away on May 1, 2015, at her home in Ellicott City,

Maryland, with her husband Walter and her son Robert at her side. Virginia was born on April 23, 1925, in Chicago to Robert Lyle and Lura Mae Campbell. She graduated from high school in Maywood, Ill. In 1961 she met Walter Burkhardt at a dance and later that year they were married. They spent the next 53 years together until her death.

Through the years, they spent many happy days in the mountains hiking and camping and the two sons learned to enjoy skiing. They purchased some property up on Columbine Lake next to Rocky Mountain National Park and built a summer cabin there. She loved sitting on her back deck and watching the deer and moose come down to the lake to feed. They spent many a happy year there and would bounce back and forth between their cabin and their home in Arvada on Lake Arbor golf course.

She is survived by her husband Walter, sons Walter Jr. and Robert, two granddaughters Andrea and Julie, sister Dorothy, and six nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the Eley Funeral Home in Constantine, Mich., where services will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Constantine Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Denver Zoo at or Dumb Friends League of Denver (takes care of abandoned pets) at Condolences may be left at

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