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Mary Lou Hemmerling Burgess

Hanover, N.H. — Mary Lou Hemmerling Burgess, 72, died on Friday, Dec 20, 2013, surrounded by her children at Kendal at Hanover. This was following a long and challenging battle with Parkinsons Disease.

Born on Oct. 10, 1941, she was born to the late Alma and Milford Lempke, in Buffalo, N.Y. She attended Buffalo area schools and graduated high school from Griffith Institute and Central School in Springville, N.Y. in 1959.

Following graduation, she married Hal Hemmerling and raised four children. Eventually the family moved to New Hampshire where she lived for many years in Enfield Center.

When her children were older, she became a companion and caregiver. She was well respected and loved by the families whose lives she touched.

She later married her beloved Robert S. Burgess and following that, became a resident of Kendal at Hanover. She was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 2003 and bravely lived and adapted to each new physical challenge. She had a relentless spirit and valiantly welcomed recommended treatments. Through it all she was best known for her gentle words of support and many acts of kindness to others.

Predeceased by her husband in 2006, she is survived by her children, Lisa Golding of Lebanon, Julie and Luke Waugh of Enfield, Andrew and Michelle Hemmerling of Enfield, and David and Megin Hemmerling of Melrose, Mass. She is also survived by her brother, Chuck and Carol Lempke of Gloversville, N.Y., her much cherished four grandchildren and two nephews.

A memorial service will held at a latter date at Kendal at Hanover. In lieu of flowers and at the request of Mary Lou, memorial donations can be made to support the Cadbury Fund at Kendal at Hanover.