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Kathleen Amelia ‘Kate’ Burchett, age 85, of Grand River and Osceola, Iowa, was born April 7, 1928 in Grand River. She was the eldest of four daughters born to Harry Raymond and Alice Ellen (Owens) McGraw. Kate died May 16, 2013 at Clarke County Hospital in Osceola.

Kate grew up in Westerville, attending Westerville country school and graduating from Grand River high school in 1945. Following graduation, Kate lived in Des Moines and worked at Bankers Life.

She married Robert Adrian ‘Bob’ Burchett on November 1, 1947 at Saint Brendan’s Catholic Church Rectory in Leon, Iowa.  They made their home in rural Grand River on a farm in Clarke county. One daughter, Lynda Kay, was born to Kate and Bob.

Kate was a farmer and homemaker. She loved the farm, working side-by-side with Bob and helping with the calves. Kate was a hard worker, a good feeler, and a very caring person. She was a loving caregiver for not only her family, but also for countless friends throughout her life.

Kate was a faithful lifelong member of Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand River. In November 1996 Bob and Kate moved from the farm to Osceola, where they attended Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church. Kate served tirelessly in her faith communities wherever needed. She was a wonderful cook and helped with hundreds of church and funeral dinners. 

Kate was a ready volunteer for any community need in Grand River and Osceola. Remembered for her infectious laugh and keen sense of humor, Kate always ‘shot from the hip.’ Bob and Kate traveled extensively in retirement, including all over the U.S., Ireland, Alaska and Hawaii. They spent many winters in South Texas enjoying friends and dancing.  They also enjoyed socializing with friends all over southern Iowa.  Kate was a volunteer at the Clarke County Hospital Gift Shop.  Even while she was ill, Kate remembered other people with cards and prayers.

Preceding Kate in death were her parents, Raymond and Alice McGraw; sister, Marilyn Boyd; parents-in-law, Roy and Merle Burchett, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Carmelita Burchett.

Surviving are her husband of over 65 years, Bob Burchett of Osceola, Iowa; daughter, Lynda Burchett and husband Patrick Robertson of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Ramadean Shields and husband Joe of Grand River, Iowa and Fran Stephenson and husband Bill of Princeton, New Jersey; four nephews and three nieces and their families; cousin, Kay Minnick, and beloved friends, Ron and JoAnn Boles of Grand River, Iowa. Kate and Bob were active grandparents to the Boles’ children, Alan and Jenni, and great-grandparents to their children. Kate is also survived by many, many friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grand River with Father Thomas Dooley officiating. Burial was in Grand River Cemetery. Prayer services were Monday at Slade-O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa with Deacon Reinhold Kunze officiating.

Memorials may be given to the Grand River community center or Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church. 

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