Lawrence G. Burwinkel

November 28, 1926 - October 12, 2022

Visitation: Sunday 2-4 p.m.; Devlin Funeral Home, Inc., Ross Twp.

Service: Mass of Christian Burial in St. Martha and Mary Parish, St. Richard Church, Monday, 10:00 a.m.


Lawrence (Larry) George Burwinkel Jr., age 95, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday October 12, 2022. Larry, the oldest of three boys was born in Cincinnati, OH, on November 28, 1926, to Lawrence and Grace Burwinkel.

He is preceded in death by his parents, loving wife of 62 years Maura (Derfler) and brother Jack, his wife Lois, brother Ken and his wife Carol. He is survived by his six children: Jeff and wife Lynn Loughney, Maura Counahan (Paul deceased), Karen Shepherd, David and his wife Lisa, Barbara Mucci and her husband Jeff, Lisa Donevant and her husband Len,15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and by many loving friends and relatives.

Larry spent the early years of his life in Cincinnati before his father’s work brought the family to Pittsburgh, PA. There he completed grade school at Saint Philomena’s and graduated from Central Catholic High School in June,1944. The following week he began his college studies at the University of Pittsburgh but after his first year joined the Army Air Corps in June,1945. He reached the rank of Sergeant, receiving commendation for his work with the Medical Corpsman School. Upon his discharge in November,1946 he returned to the University of Pittsburgh to finish his studies, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. While at Pitt, Larry was President of his Phi Kappa fraternity chapter and a varsity cheerleader.

After graduation, Larry pursued a career in marketing and sales, joining Pennsylvania Glass Sand (PGS) Corporation (a subsidiary of ITT). During his 47-year career with PGS, he held numerous positions retiring as Vice President of Market Development. He also served as President of the Sorpine Mineral Institute and was a longtime member of the American Ceramic Society.

Larry met Maura on a blind date arranged by a fraternity brother in 1951 and the courtship never ended. They were married at Saint Philomena’s Catholic Church in 1953. Their wedding was covered in the society pages of the Pittsburgh Press and Monongahela’s Daily Republican. In 1958 work moved the family to Ridgewood, New Jersey for a 3-year period. Returning to Pittsburgh in 1961, they settled in Ross Township.

As the family continued to grow six children kept them very busy: swim team, Girl Scouts, Indian Guides, music lessons, football, baseball, marching band, gymnastics, and more. With a large circle of friends, they also had a very active social life. Larry was an avid Pitt Panther fan as evidenced by his more than 71 years holding season tickets to Pitt football. The family was also not permitted to schedule any meaningful event on a Saturday of a home Pitt football game. You could count on them being in their seats for every home football game regardless of the weather. Each game was followed by laughter and dancing at the University Club that would go well into the night. Larry and Maura were known for their dancing skills particularly their jitterbug maneuvers. In the off-season his focus moved to tennis, fishing, golf and bridge.

After retiring from PGS in 1986, Larry and Maura began their world travels. When asked his favorite spot to travel to, without hesitation Larry would always say New Zealand. They also enjoyed many cruises.

Larry was an avid golfer. After putting away his almost scratch handicap in his late 20s due to work and family commitments, after retirement he picked the game back up. He belonged to multiple golf leagues and was playing twice a week into his early 90s.

After Maura passed away in 2015, Larry moved to independent living at St. Barnabas in Gibsonia.

He will be dearly missed for his loyalty, quick wit, wry sense of humor, constant optimism, infectious smile, and relentless gametime commentary.

Friends received on Sunday, October 16 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., 806 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at ST. Richard Roman Catholic Church, 3841 Dickey Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Lawrence G. Burwinkel can be mailed to St. Barnabas Charities, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044 or online at StBarnabasCharities.com

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  • Jeanine Sheehy Poleti

    Dear Burwinkel family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Burwinkel was such a great guy! Barb and I were just reminiscing about all the great times on Point Vue Drive… our dads’ Pitt/OSU fun rivalry and the block parties (especially the square dancing and your parents’ winning the dance contests)! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Doug Perry

    One of the rocks of the Point Vue crowd First time I met Mr B he was playing touch football in the street with the other dads So much fun in those days Sorry for your loss Burwinkle clan

  • Sherry Skasik Matulevic

    Maura I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He always had such a great smile. Your parents were great people. Lots of fun memories growing up together and being at your house.

  • Arline Ramon

    I will always hold wonderful memories of Uncle Larry. Such a loving husband and father. I feel honoured to have called him family. Love and prayers to his loved ones. xoxox

  • Tom OKeefe

    Good tennis player and friend

  • Deb Casini Klein

    Prayers for Karen and her family
    Much love,
    Deb Klein

  • Susan Dinnin Nicastro

    My condolences to the entire Burwinkel family on the passing of their patriarch. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  • Albert Winborne

    I only met Larry once but what a lovely man he was. One measure of a man is the quality of fruit he bears. My daughter Alexis will be marrying Larry’s grandson Collin in February. I love Collin for his kindness, laughter and his golf game. I guess he got those from Larry. May he rest in God’s loving arms.

  • Bonnie J Miller

    Karen and family, sending my deepest sympathies.

  • Bob Gieder

    Burwinkel family my deepest condolences on the loss of Larry. I played golf with him in one of the golf leagues . We had the Central Catholic connection which he always reminded me that he graduated before I was born. I’m out of town and will not be able to the service but your family will be in my prayers

  • Karen Ieong

    Prayers are for you and your family, Karen.
    Karen Ieong

 

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