Millie Marie Burish, 53
May 12, 1963 — July 31, 2016
Millie Marie Burish, 53, formerly of Thornapple Lane, Campbellsport, died at home Sunday morning, July 31, 2016, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Millie was born May 12, 1963, (Mother’s Day) in Manitowoc, the seventh child (first daughter) of Ronald and Mary Jane (Kochan) Burish. She was a 1981 graduate of Lincoln High School in Manitowoc. Her favorite pastimes were spending time with her loving partner of 10 years, Kurt, her kids and granddaughter; watching movies (black-and-whites were the best); relaxing by a campfire; and playing killer solitaire with the girls, along with rummy and cribbage. Throughout her life, Millie managed and tended bar for many local establishments, gaining the reputation of making the best whiskey old fashioneds in the tricounty area. Over the years, if she moved on to other establishments, patrons would follow her. She loved being behind the bar and kibitzing with people. Millie’s personality always touched everyone she met, with her wonderful sense of humor, no-nonsense attitude, her beautiful, gentle smile, and hugs so tight you would still feel them hours later.
Survivors include her parents, Ronald and Mary Jane Burish of Manitowoc and Palmetto, Florida; loving partner, Kurt Grimm of Campbellsport; and two children, Vanessa Goll with husband Brian of Jackson and Patrick Filtz of Draper, Utah. Millie was also blessed with a beautiful granddaughter, Ellie “Boo,” daughter of Vanessa and Brian. Millie leaves behind six siblings and their respective spouses and partners: Peter (Marilyn) Burish of Manitowoc, Andy (Julie) Burish of Brookfield, Tony Burish (Barb Borths) of Two Rivers, Jeff Burish (Dee Harp) of Manitowoc, Casey (Dawn) Burish of Conifer, Colorado; and Laura Burish (John Murphy) of Vernon Hills, Illinois, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Millie was preceded in death by one brother, Patrick. In addition, during Millie's courageous fight, she lost an ally in her beloved “boy,” Zeus (a wonder-dog who alerted Millie to the cancer before she was initially diagnosed, and a second time after Millie's surgery when the cancer returned). She felt his loss deeply.
A celebration of Millie’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Vineyard Community Church (1597 Highway V, Grafton). The Twohig Funeral Home of Campbellsport is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.twohigfunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, Millie’s family asks that donations be made to the Froedtert Hospital Foundation (www.froedtert.com/giving/foundation/make-a-gift); the Born Free Foundation, which takes action worldwide to save animals, stop suffering and protect species in the wild (www.bornfree.org.uk/give/); or a local animal rescue organization/shelter of your choice.
Millie’s family would like to thank Dr. Stuart Wong, Dr. Katherine Recka, their office staff, and the entire staff at the Froedtert Clinical Cancer Center, as well as Froedtert Hospital for their care and efforts. You gave us hope when there was none, giving us quality time with Millie that we would not have gotten elsewhere, and did the best that could be done. Thank you for your compassion and care.