Family-Placed Funeral Notice
SARA FRANCES “SALLY” BURKHARDT Sara Frances Burkhardt, a former Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year in 1978, died at Good Samaritan Medical Center on Thursday, December 16, 2004 following a brief illness. Sara's devotion to her family and loved ones was the primary focus of her life, and she held a passion for education and teaching. Her strength, courage and spirit were an inspiration to many, including the hundreds of former students from Lantana Junior High School who often returned to her classroom to visit. Born in Estelle, South Carolina on May 17, 1919, she was a daughter of the late George and Margaret Blackwell. Mrs. Burkhardt moved to the Palm Beach area in 1929 and graduated from Palm Beach High School, Class of 1938. She attended Florida State College for Women, now Florida State University, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She took time off to rear her children before returning to college where she earned her Bachelors Degree Cum Laude as a member of the first graduating class of Florida Atlantic University in 1965. Mrs. Burkhardt received her Masters of Education from Florida Atlantic University in 1977. Sara was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent Louis Burkhardt, who was the founder of Arrow Electric Co. and the grandson of a West Palm Beach pioneer. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by four children, Veronica Birdsong of Loxahatchee Groves, FL, Margaret Cheryl Burkhardt of West Palm Beach, FL, Henry Michael Burkhardt and his wife Marsha of Lake Clarke Shores, FL, and Vincent G. Burkhardt and his wife Sharon of Loxahatchee Groves, FL; and seven grandchildren, Michael Scott Birdsong (Paula), Vincent Stuart Birdsong (Diana), Adam Nathan Penny (Cheryl), Sarah Phylena Burkhardt, Vincent Lloyd Burkhardt, Melissa Ashley Burkhardt, and Christopher Michael Burkhardt. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 19, 2004 from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, with a Scripture Service to be held at 3:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 PM on Monday, December 20, 2004 at St. Ann Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 with the interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. For those who wish to send a contribution in Mrs. Burkhardt's memory, you are asked to consider Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407. QUATTLEBAUM FUNERAL HOME Family Owned and Operated www.Quattlebaum.org
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Published by The Palm Beach Post from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2004.