Mary Lou Burton

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Mary Lou Burton, nee Rinck, 85, of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born September 24, 1936, in Belleville, IL, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

After moving to Boca Raton, Mary Lou developed a passion for water aerobics. She taught classes for over 25 years, and often could be found in the pool seven days a week. She was still teaching through last summer at age 84! All of the people she taught through the years held a special place in her heart and she really knew how to get everyone moving in the pool. Mary Lou was a great entertainer, an outstanding cook, and no one ever left her house hungry. She enjoyed spending many evenings playing Bridge, Mahjong, and Canasta with dear friends. She taught all her grandkids how to play Rummikub and occasionally would even let them win. As a former teacher, she was also an avid reader and considered herself a lifelong learner.

Mary Lou fought a heroic battle with cancer for 12 years. Even through all of her health challenges she emphasized that a positive attitude is the key to a meaningful life. She didn’t let the cancer change her mindset. “I have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me,” she would say to her family. Her energy and zest for life were known by all.

Mary Lou was quite the talker and showed genuine interest in whomever shared her company whether that be family, friends, or her doctors and nurses, etc.

Mary Lou was the proud matriarch to her family and always stressed that family comes first. She filled her house with pictures from throughout the years, and cherished the frequent phone conversations she had with her kids and grandkids. To say that she will be greatly missed by those close to her simply is not enough.  She was strong, she was wise, and she loved her family with such passion.  Her memory and impact will be forever carried on through them as they loved her fiercely as well.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lucille Rinck; and a brother, Donald Rinck.

Mary Lou is survived by her sister, Lanie (Bill) Corbin;
her four children Barb Renner, Don (Cindy) Reis, Bill Burton, Lizzie (Greg) Farland;
11 grandchildren, Lara Dorner, Paul Renner, Daniel Renner, Samuel Renner,
Charley Reis, Rachel Villarreal, Lana Reis, Madison Burton, Sydney Burton,
Will Farland, and Grace Farland;
and six Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 23, 2022, at St. Jude Church in Boca Raton, with a celebration of life to follow.


10 Comments on Mary Lou Burton

Orly korat said : Guest Report Mar 06, 2023 at 8:55 AM

Very sad to hear of MaryLou’s passing but she will be welcomed in heaven with open arms. She was such a dedicated and wonderful swim instructor and a delight to converse with. A cherished and kind soul which will be sorely missed. I truly loved MaryLou and I know that is shared by many others she impacted in her life.

  • Ocean Ridge
  • FL
Fabio Alba said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2022 at 8:40 AM

Mrs Mary Lou was an excellent human being and will be missed for her goodness in life. I am so lucky to have met her and My heart and prayers go out to everyone in the family. She would always offered me a glass of the best tasting lemon ice tea after helping her to fix things around the house. Please accept my condolences

  • Boca ratón
  • Florida
ARNY Goldstein said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2022 at 5:12 PM

Mary Lou and I communicated regularly up to the day she left us. She often said that I was such a good friend and I felt honored. She was a great example as to how one can fight a terrible disease in a dignified and a productive way. She will be loved and remembered by everyone she had contact with. Love you Mary Lou and miss you. ARNY Goldstein

  • Boca Raton
  • Florida
Fabio Burton said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 4:39 PM

Thank you for the motherly guidance over the years. RIP!

  • Boca Raton
  • Florida
Jan (Renner) Watson said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 11:59 AM

To the whole family, Please accept my condolences for the loss of Mary Lou. I know she has a forever place in your heart. You can tell you all had a great relationship with her. Jan (Renner) Watson

  • Belleville
  • Il
Nicole Goss said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2022 at 7:43 AM

My condolences goes out to the entire family. Just know she will always be in your hearts and the angel always looking over you. Hugs and much love to all Nicole Goss

  • Delay beach
  • Fl
Bill Meirink said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 7:01 PM

Mrs B was the best. Always the gracious host and made me feel at home when I was around Billy. She will definitely be missed

  • Des peres
  • MO
Maureen Dalton said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 6:57 PM

So sorry for you loss

  • Spencer
  • MA said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 2:45 PM

My heart aches!! What a special lady!! We had so many good times together. Know she will be your special Angel.

  • Denver
  • NC
Karen & Tom Gammino said : Guest Report Aug 16, 2022 at 1:04 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family and all who had the pleasure of knowing Mrs Burton. Rest in Peace sweetie pie.

  • Coral Springs
  • Fl

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