Margaret M. ‘Mickey’ Burlage, 91, of Dyersville, passed away, Friday, Jan. 1, at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.

Visitation for Mickey was 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville.

A Mass of Christian burial was held for Mickey at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Worthington, with Rev. Dennis Quint presiding. Eucharistic Ministers were Nicole Marbach and Callie Nurczyk. Lecctor was Jenna Lansing. Placing the pall were Becky and Dave Lansing, Nicole Marbach, Callie Nurczyk and Jenna Lansing.

Burial was held in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Worthington. Casketbearers were Mike Lattner, Jack Smith, Donnie Fagan, Tom Lattner, Brian Burlage, Ted Burlage and Dave Fortman.

Mickey was born June 10, 1929, in Bankston, daughter of John J. and Marie (Pfiffner) Kennedy. She was a graduate of St. Clement School in Bankston and attended Clarke College in Dubuque. She excelled in musical arts at both schools and sang for many weddings in the Bankston area.

On Oct. 15, 1955, she was united in marriage to Donald L. Burlage at St. Clement Catholic Church in Bankston, by Fr. William A. Mullen. The couple farmed the Burlage Century Farm in the rural Worthington area.

Mickey loved playing cards with family, friends and neighbors in her many card clubs. She was an avid bowler for several years. Mickey was the editor of “The Worthington News Column” for the Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer for 20 years.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Parish in Worthington and a member of its choir and Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Farley Catholic Daughters of Americas Presentation Court #1460, Beckman Catholic Booster Club Board, Dubuque County Farm Bureau and was active in the Dubuque County Farm Bureau Women’s organization. Mickey was the founder of the Dubuque County Cattlewomen and was a Beef Promoter throughout the county. She enjoyed spending time with her family and attending her granddaughters’ activities. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan and a proud supporter of Catholic education.

She is survived by one daughter, Rebecca (David) Lansing of Worthington; three granddaughters, Nicole (Wes) Marbach, Callie (Chris) Nurczyk and Jenna Lansing; one great-granddaughter, Anna and one on the way; two sisters, Anne Lattner of Dubuque and Esther Fagan of Dyersville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Burlage on Jan. 17, 2010; her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Theodore and Susan Sophia (May) Burlage; one sister, Kay (Joe) Smith; one brother, Charles Kennedy; five brothers-in-law: Loras Lattner, Earl Fagan, Lester Burlage, Lawrence (Frances) Burlage and Elmer (Dorothy) Burlage; five sisters-in-law, Ida (Laverne) Engler, Lucille (Emil) White, Irene (Andy) Hostert, Florence and Mildred Burlage.

Anyone unable to attend may send memorials to Reiff Funeral Home, ATTN; Mickey Burlage family, P.O. Box 271, Dyersville, IA 52040. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

The family would like to thank the staff at the Ellen Kennedy Living Center and MercyOne hospital for all the fine care given to Mickey.