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Katie M. Burgess

2/1/1937 - 12/8/2019

PEKIN ~ Katie M. Burgess, 82, of Pekin, passed away at 1:25 a.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019 at her home.

Born February 1, 1937 in McComas, West Virginia to Walter and Thelma (Subblett) Huffman, she married William T. Burgess on February 10, 1954 in Portsmouth, Virginia. 

Surviving are her husband of 65-years; two daughters, Diane (Kevin) Walker of Eldersburg, Maryland and Marie (Douglas) Morse of Lafayette, Indiana; one son, Rick (Jill Gleason) Burgess of Pekin; six grandchildren, Kara (Christopher) Boehm, Kelli (Michael) Olischuk, Ryan Morse, Rikki (Robert) Grassel, Shelby Bebee and Dallas Fardel; six great-grandchildren, Christopher Burgess, Parker Burgess, Henley Grassel, Avery Burgess, Hazel Boehm and Aiden Olischuk and one sister, Mildred Wilburn of Bluefield, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Sean T. Burgess; four brothers and three sisters.

Katie worked for K-Mart for 26 years as a human resources manager, retiring in 1996.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women.  Katie also had served her church as a Eucharistic Minister.

Katie loved being with her grandchildren and enjoyed reading.  She was a former member and volunteered with Pekin Hospital League and also volunteered in her grandchildren’s schools.

Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 12, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.  Father Michael Andrejek will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, with the recitation of the Rosary at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 809 West Detweiller Drive, #815A, Peoria, Illinois  61615.

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