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Father Gerald F. Burkert

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Father Gerald F. Burkert

Beech Grove - Father Gerald F. Burkert, age 83, Beech Grove, passed away on May 13, 2018. Born May 3, 1935 in Indianapolis to the late John and Ruth (Kuchler) Burkert,

After finishing the eighth grade at Sacred Heart, Father Burkert became an archdiocesan seminarian in 1949 and began his formation as a high school freshman at Saint Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad. Father Burkert was ordained into the priesthood on May 7, 1961 and was then assistant pastor at St. Patrick.

Father Burkert pastored Holy Family Parish and at St. Mary Parish in New Albany. He served as co-pastor of St. Jude Parish. His last assignment before he retired in 2007 was as pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Beech Grove. Shortly after he became a resident and served as chaplain at St. Paul's Hermitage in Beech Grove.

Two of his favorite past times were reading and traveling, in particular trips to Alaska.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Joanne Burkert; nieces & nephews, Mike (Diane) Burkert, Ann (Marion) Wolfe, Brian (Paula) Burkert and Jane Burkert; great nephews and great nieces, Danny Burkert, Katy Burkert, Mary-Kate (Austin) Lange, Marco Burkert and Clare Burkert

He was preceded in death by his brother John M. "Jack" Burkert, Jr.

Visitation will be from 3:30-7:30 PM Thursday, May 17 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home with the Vigil Service beginning at 7:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 18 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, with one hour of visitation prior at the church from 9:30-10:30 AM. He will be laid to rest immediately following at Calvary Cemetery in the priest circle, Indianapolis, IN.

The family requests memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Simon Bruté College Seminary, 2500 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46222 or online at

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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 16, 2018
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