Mrs. Linda Lee Burkett, 73, Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family and friends when she passed to her eternal home early evening of May 11, 2020.
On Sept. 22, 1946, Linda Lee Marshman was born in South Bend. She was the treasured daughter of Richard and Betty Fiscus Marshman. Growing up she shared her childhood with a brother Terry. Linda graduated from John Adams High School in 1964.
When her children were nearly raised, Linda returned to school in pursuit of her life dream to become a registered nurse. While working at Woodlawn Hospital as a licensed practical nurse she continued at Ivy Tech of South Bend to earn her registered nurse degree. Known to her patients for her compassion and professionalism, Linda L. Burkett RN returned to Woodlawn Hospital. She completed her nursing stint at Culver Military Academy as campus nurse.
On Aug. 13, 1993, in Ely, Minn., Linda married her best friend Mr. David Burkett. Together they shared over 26 years of life’s adventures. They enjoyed 19 annual fishing trips to Ely, catching the limit most days. Another adventure were excursions to Las Vegas and seeing the shows. Her favorite was Siegfried and Roy, a show they enjoyed many times.
To relax, Linda enjoyed many tranquil moments at the waters edge fishing or annually planting flowers to enhance the landscape with beauty and color around her home. She delighted in a good practical joke. Halloween was her favorite holiday, as her costumes were the best! Time spent with her grandchildren was the most precious. The grandchildren spent many hours running a beauty salon, making Grammy beautiful. She followed all of their sports and schooling making every occasion for them special! Linda’s beautiful smile enriched many lives. She was a free spirit, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a phenomenal and an amazing friend.
Left to cherish Linda’s memory are her husband David Burkett at home, children Debra Belcher of Rochester, Andrea Harris and husband Cliff of Carmel, Terry Belcher of Cicero, her mother Betty Sloan and husband Dick, of Mishawaka, brother Terry Marshman, South Bend; grandchildren Adrian Hogan, Breanne Paulik, Ayden Marrs, Haylin Harris, Cole Harris, Delaney Belcher and Abby Belcher; mother-in-law Margaret Burkett, brother-in-law Randy Burkett and wife Beth all of Rochester and her beloved canine companion Red the Australian Shepherd.
Preceding Linda in death are her father Dick Marshman and father-in-law Dick Burkett.
A drive by visitation to honor Linda will be held from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 15, at the front entrance of the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 West 18th Street, Rochester. A sunset celebration of life honoring Linda L. Burkett will be private for her family at 6 p.m. Friends may join the live-streamed celebration at the Facebook page JD GOOD just prior to 6. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601