[MO Fire Funeral Announce] Michael Newburger - Southern Platte Fire Dept.
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Non-Lodd: Michael Newburger, Southern Platte Fire Dept.
Michael was born in New York City on September 17, 1947 to Morris Newburger
and May Untermeyer Newburger. His father was a senior partner at the Wall
Street brokerage firm Newburger, Loeb & Company. His father's passions were
sports and practical jokes; culminating in the infamous "Plainfield
Teachers" hoax. Michael inherited his father's sense of humor and his
mother's affinity for phone calls. Many will be missing his regular Sunday
morning calls. Michael attended Collegiate School through eighth grade and
graduated from McBurney High School, both in New York City.
Michael may have been born in New York, but his home was Parkville. He first
saw Parkville in 1966 on a college visit with his father; his guidance
counselor had added Park College to his tour simply because they had to
change planes at the downtown Kansas City airport. At Park College, now Park
University, Michael may have been a mediocre student, but he thrived on the
entire college experience. To this day, many of Michael's closest friends
are fellow alums. While at Park, Michael formed two other lifelong passions:
community theater and firefighting.
Michael was invited by Jenkin David, Bell Road Barn co-founder, to help out
at the community theater, and by the way, earn an easy A in a summer school
class. Michael was first on stage as one of the rustics in A Midsummer
Night's Dream, a part he would reprise many times. Michael joined the Barn's
Board of Directors in the 1980's, a position he held until his death.
Michael joined what would become the Southern Platte Fire Department October
1970. He served as a volunteer, EMT, Communication Officer, and
Quartermaster until the department migrated to full-time paid status. In
1997, Michael was elected as one of three Directors of the department, a
position he held until his death. Michael was proud of his status as a CPR
instructor and of his national certification from the National Association
of Emergency Medical Technicians.
Michael met his wife and soulmate, Susan Stone, when they were working at
Worlds of Fun in 1978. He proposed on the beach in Bermuda, an island they
visited on their honeymoon and nearly every year since. They married June 7,
1980 in the un-airconditioned Graham Tyler Chapel, the same location as his
services. It was a partnership of love, respect and unconditional support.
They shared a love of public education; Michael was everyone's favorite
substitute teacher, and Susan was a high school language arts and journalism
teacher at both Park Hill high schools until her retirement in 2008.
Whether cruising, chaperoning student tours, enjoying destination birthday
trips with friends, or heading off on their own, Michael and Susan loved to
travel. However, during these trips, Michael would always find a nearby fire
station to swap stories and patches, even if he did not speak the local
They shared a love of classical music, especially the Kansas City Symphony,
where they contributed their time and talents. Through the Michael and Susan
Newburger Foundation, they supported their community in countless ways.
Michael loved his cats, his Volvos, his Harley and any dessert, especially
anything chocolate, cheesecake or key lime pie. He never met a stranger.
Michael and Susan are especially grateful to the doctors, nurses and staff
at St. Luke's Hospital Mid-American Heart Institute and to the cardiac
transplant team, especially Dr. Andrew Kao and Collen Knutson and Jody
Linard. Grateful appreciation goes to the anonymous heart donor and family
who enabled Michael to lead a healthy life after his heart transplant on May
Michael is preceded in death by his parents and Australian foreign exchange
student "son" Scott Anderson.
He is survived by his wife Susan; his brother Maury Newburger of New York
City; Susan's parents Arnold and Jean Stone of Lee's Summit, MO; her sister
and her partner, Pamela Stone and Anthony Cicerchia of Dunedin, FL; and by
many, many lifelong friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Bell Road Barn
Players, c/o Park University, Box 1160, 8700 River Park Dr., Parkville, MO
64152 or the to the Kansas City Symphony, 1703 Wyandotte St., Kansas City,
Services will be held Saturday, March 2 at the Graham Tyler Chapel on the
campus of Park University. Visitation will begin at 1 pm, with the memorial
following at 3 pm.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, May 12 beginning at 2 pm in the
Clubhouse at The National Golf Club
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