Jean Ann (McGrath) Burt
Jean A. Burt, 94, of Rowan, passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at United Church of Rowan, 811 Pesch Street in Rowan, with Pastor Nancy Hofmeister officiating. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Rowan.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the church.
Life is a journey. I started mine April 4, 1927 in Clarion, lowa, the older of two children. My parents were William Earl and Margaret (Young) McGrath. I grew up in Clarion and graduated valedictorian of my senior class of 1945. I played violin in the school orchestra, and we did many pledge drives to help the war effort.
The fall of 1945 I entered classes at St. Olaf and University of Minnesota before entering school at Kahler School in Rochester, Minnesota, graduating in 1948.On Feb. 20, 1949 I was joined in marriage to Donald Burt at the Methodist church in Clarion, lowa. We settled on a farm 2 miles west of Rowan. Being a city girl I soon learned how to drive a tractor and haul grain. Did a little plowing too! I also had four children while working at hospitals in Fort Dodge, Clarion, and Belmond from 1965 to 1970. I was a surgical nurse assisting Dr. Bennetti numerous times.
I attended the United Church of Rowan, singing in the choir, serving on the church council, and a stint as Sunday School Superintendent.
I was a member of ladies afternoon club and evening couples bridge club.
After retirement, Don and I started traveling. We did fishing trips to Canada and trips to Alaska and Mexico. Don and I purchased a cottage in Northwest Ontario in 1976. We spent our summers in Ontario and winters in Arizona. After Don died in 1997, I stayed at the farm until 2018 when I moved to the Belmond Rehabilitation Center in Belmond.
Jean was preceded in death by her father William “Earl”; mother Margaret; husband Don; daughter Barbara; son Jeffery; and grandsons Wade and Anthony Burt at birth.
Survivors include sons, Steven Burt of rural Rowan, Randall (Marcia) Burt of rural Rowan; grandchildren Nancy (Jeff) Lawrence, Kara (Neal) Van Dyke, Mark (Melissa) Dorenkamp, Eric (Kristi) Burt, Erin Burt, Kylee (Eric) Lamb, Randi Ann Burt (JK Franklin), Barry Burt (Jessica James), Kimberly (Keith) Belstene, Joslyn (Adam) Stock, Derek (Jill) Burt; 22 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.