Jean A. Burt, 94, Rowan, died Dec. 9, 2021 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services were held Dec. 14 at United Church of Rowan. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery near Rowan.
Life is a journey. I started mine April 4, 1927 in Clarion, 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 in 1945. I played violin in the school orchestra, and we did many pledge drives to help the war effort.
In the fall of 1945 I entered classes at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota before attending Kahler School in Rochester, MN, graduating in 1948.
On Feb. 20, 1949 I was joined in marriage to Donald Burt at the Methodist Church in Clarion. We settled on a farm two miles west of Rowan. Being a city girl, I soon learned how to drive a tractor and haul grain. I did a little plowing, too! I had four children while working at hospitals in Fort Dodge, Clarion and Belmond from 1965 to 1970. I was a surgical nurse assisting Dr. Benetti in Belmond numerous times.
I attended the United Church of Rowan, singing in the choir, serving on the church council, and doing a stint as Sunday school superintendent. I was a member of a ladies afternoon club and an evening couples bridge club.
After retirement, Don and I started traveling. We took 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 of Belmond.
Jean was preceded in death by her father and mother; husband; daughter Barbara; son Jeffery; and grandsons Wade and Anthony Burt at birth.
Survivors include sons Steven Burt of rural Rowan and 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, and Derek (Jill) Burt; and 22 great-grandchildren.