Patricia (Pat) Minardo Burch
Patricia (Pat) Minardo Burch of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away on March 30, 2014, at home surrounded by loving family.
Pat was born December 12, 1931 in Wabash, Indiana, and graduated from Ladywood School in Indianapolis, IN, in 1948. She believed in volunteering and was very involved with organizations including Meals on Wheels and Our House. Pat was also active in groups including Christ the King Senior Ministry, Primetimers, Community Bible Study and the weekly Perpetual Adoration at Christ the King Church. Pat was married for 55 years to the love of her life, Henry O'Bryan Burch Sr., and was truly Hank's partner in life as they ran many businesses together over the years including Tiger Trash, Gerard Construction, The Spirit of Evansville and the Arkansas Riverboat Company. She took great pride in the businesses and filled many roles ranging from bookkeeper to bartender to deck hand. However Pat's most important job in life and her proudest achievement was being a great mom to her four children. She was undoubtedly the glue that bonded the family together.
The past 7 years, Pat reinvented herself and led an active and vigorous life full of friends, travel, family and adventures including trips to the Bahamas, Indianapolis, Seattle, Florida, Branson, Sedona, Denver and many more.
She is survived by her children, Anne Kennedy (Doug), of Little Rock, Henry Burch Jr. (Rosemary), of Little Rock, Dan Burch (Kelly), of Alexander, AR, and Julie Dunn (Mike), of Indianapolis. Pat's grandchildren are Allison Kennedy, Pierce Martin (Bonnie), Lindsey and Alexis Burch, Gabrielle and Monica Dunn; and her first great-grandchild, Logan O'Bryan Cook.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Rosary will be at 8 p.m., in the Chapel of Roller-Chenal Funeral Home 13801 Chenal Parkway Little Rock (501) 224-8300. Funeral Mass will be at Christ the King at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff at Briarwood Rehab, Visiting Angels and Home Hospice for their compassion and care for Pat. Also, a special thanks to Sister Joan Milot from the Monastery of the Precious Blood in Manchester, NH, for always providing Pat with love and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Pat's name to Missionary Rosebushes of St. Therese 700 Bridge Street Manchester, NH 03104. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.
Roller-Chenal Funeral Home
13801 Chenal Parkway Little Rock, AR 72211
Published in Courier Press on Apr. 1, 2014