Edward V. Burgstahler
Passed away on May 15, 2020 after a year-long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis at age 76. Predeceased by brothers William (Gerry), Robert (Margaret), Jack (Barbara), sister Dorothy (Alvin), and stepson, Nicholas Zangara, whom he lost to the Iraq War in 2002.
He is survived by his devoted wife Barbara (Lauer), his daughters Angela (Joseph) Holahan, Ginamarie Petrasso, his son Edward (Julie), stepson Richard Zangara (Jennifer), and 9 grandchildren, Edward, Adela, Von, Joseph, Reis, Patrick, Brook, Natalie and Nicholas. Also survived by brother Charles Theiroff, sisters-in-law Margaret and Barbara Ludlow, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Edward retired as a Sargent from the Philadelphia Police Department after 30 years, and from the VA Police Force this past November 2019. As a young man, he served 6 years in the Navy, participating in the Cuban Missile Crisis Blockade. He shared stories of loading shells into the ship’s guns when ordered to fire a warning shot at an advancing Russian ship, fearing he was firing the shot that would start World War III. He later served as a Master Sargent in the Army Reserves for 18 years. Additionally, he taught alcohol education classes at Livengrin, conducted background checks for the FBI, and was notably involved with the FOP.
Edward embodied a tireless work ethic; his greatest hobby was looking for his next job. He always believed one should have a trade to fall back on in life, which is why he was a part-time barber throughout his career. He was a natural trader and loved collecting antique cars. Ed was a gifted writer and storyteller. His family will miss hearing the tales of his Dickensian childhood. Always the optimist, Ed lived the American dream and loved his country. Ed always enjoyed the simple joys, a walk on the beach with his best buddy Drake, a morning crabbing, Chinese food with his grandkids, polishing his car, and telling corny jokes. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Due to the Corona Virus, funeral services will be private. Ed had a soft spot for animals; contributions in his memory to the ASPCA would be welcome, if desired.