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Jessie L. "Shona" Burkart

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Jessie L. "Shona" Burkart Obituary
JESSIE L. "SHONA" BURKART July 22, 1925 - July 28, 2013 Jessie L. "Shona" Burkart, age 88, of Granger, Indiana, mother of Philip Burkart of Murrieta, CA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka, IN. Shona was born in Inner Leven, Methil, Fife, Scotland, on July 22, 1925, to the late James and Helen Ferguson. Shona met her husband, Anselm Severin "Burk" Burkart, at a dance in Edinburgh. Burk continued to send Shona flowers from Germany after their initial meeting, and impressed by his tenacity, Shona became a British war bride in 1947. She always insisted on putting the needs of others ahead of her own, volunteering for over forty years at the Christ Child Society, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Rosary Altar Society of Holy Cross. Surviving are Shona's seven children, Bruce (Cindy) Burkart of South Bend, Helen Burkart Presser of Fort Wayne, Cathie (Stephen) Miller of Muncie, Valerie (Doug) Schmitt of Battle Ground, WA, Angela (Tim) Dennig of Granger, James (Tracy) Burkart of Mishawaka, and Philip (Amy) Burkart of Murrieta, CA; her fourteen grandchildren, Bruce Burkart Jr. and Amy Utz; Rich, Steve, John and Phil Presser; Josh, Jeremy, Jeff, and Jacob Miller; Jessica and Jamie Dennig; David Burkart; and Severin Burkart; and her twelve great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 1, in Saint Pius X Catholic Church, Granger, with Msgr. William Schooler officiating. There will be visitation at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Rd. in South Bend, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made in memory of Shona Burkart to Christ Child Society of South Bend, where she served as a past president, at P.O. Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at: www.welsheimer.com.
Published in Press-Enterprise on July 31, 2013
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