Kathy Jane Burkett, â€śKate,â€ť formerly Kathy Kunselman, passed away peacefully in San Antonio, Texas, following a long illness on Sunday morning, Aug. 10, 2014, at the age of 53.
At the time of her death, Kathy resided in New Braunfels, Texas, where she and her husband, Kenneth Burkett, established their home upon his retirement from the United States Air Force in June 2014.
Kathy was born on Sept. 13, 1960, in Punxsutawney, where she grew up, graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1979. Immediately following high school, she began work at the Jamesway Department Store in Punxsutawney, where she remained for more than 8 years and worked with her best friend, Betty.
She married her husband, Kenneth Burkett of Penfield, Pa., at the Grange Church of God on June 30, 1984.
Kathy, together with her husband, left the area in 1987 when Kenneth entered the U.S. Air Force, where she faithfully remained by his side as a proud and sacrificing military spouse until her death.
Kathy and Kenneth had two children together, Adam, who is 25 years old and a fourth-year medical student, and Matthew, who is 19 years
old, graduated from high school this past year and will attend a post-high school program for autistic adults this month.
Kathyâ€™s children, Matthew and Adam, were the â€śsparkle of her eye.â€ť She was extraordinarily proud of both of her children, whom survive her.
â€śMs. Kathy,â€ť as she was affectionately known by her physician and nursing staff, was a kind and caring person who cherished her family and friends. She loved being outdoors, walking, gardening, and she especially enjoyed planting and caring for flowers and watching the ensuing hummingbirds.
Kathy is the daughter of the late Ivan Kunselman and Gladys Kunselman, who survives.
Kathy is also survived by one sister, Louise Vasbinder of Reynoldsville; and four brothers, Robert Kunselman of Hollidaysburg, Pa., James â€śByronâ€ť Kunselman of Oliveburg, William â€śBillyâ€ť Kunselman of Punxsutawney, and Greg Kunselman of Frostburg. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Kunselman, who recently passed away.
Kathy was a gift from God to her family and all who knew her.
She will be laid to rest beside her father in Porter, Pa., on Saturday, Aug. 16, immediately following a noon memorial service at the Grange Church of God on Porter Road, where she was a member since childhood and subsequently married in the eyes of God.
Public viewing will be held on Friday evening, Aug. 15, 2014, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Shumaker Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
Donations in her memory can be made to the National Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
We love you Mom â€” Kenneth, Adam and Matthew.
Online condolences can be made at shumakerfh.com.