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Kathryn “Kathy” or “Wendy”Ann Burjeck left this world on December 4, 2021 at the age of 73. Kathy was predeceased by her parents, Gus and Marie; and her little brother, Michael. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 41 years, Roland; children: Elizabeth Ortinau (Matt) and Laura Coverstone (Jim); grandchildren: Sophie, Elliott, and August; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Kathy was born on August 10, 1948 in St. Louis, MO. After graduating from high school, Kathy took a year off to save up for her education. She returned to the classroom the following year and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in English at University Missouri-St. Louis. Following her time at UMSL, Kathy took a job at McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) where she later met Roland, the “man of her dreams,” in a company carpool. Her family and friends still laugh about her initial hesitancy to go on a date with Roland as she was afraid it would end poorly and “ruin a perfectly good carpool.”

Kathy loved spending time in her sewing room, going on vacations, celebrating the holidays, shopping (anywhere!), playing board games and cards, napping in her chair, cuddling with her family, attending her children and grandchildren’s games, and dining out with those she loved. She was an extraordinary seamstress, crocheter, and costume designer. Halloween was one of her favorite times of the year because she found great happiness in making costumes and dressing up. If you could explain your vision, Kathy could make it!

But above all, she loved her family and close friends. Kathy adored her husband and especially enjoyed their time together after Roland retired. She never shied away from the opportunity to talk about her daughters or brag about her grandchildren. They gave her immense joy and purpose in life. Grandmother was her favorite title by far but queen or “queenie” also made the list.

She will be missed more than words could ever express.

A private memorial service is scheduled later this week. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Children’s Miracle Network on her behalf.