Kathy J. Burnett, 59, of Seney, died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at her residence.
Kathy Joan Rieken was born July 5, 1945, in Le Mars, the daughter of William and Viola (Weber) Rieken. Kathy was raised on a farm near Westfield, where she attended school through the 5th grade. She later completed her education in Le Mars.
Kathy was united in marriage to Archie Port Sr. on Dec. 31, 1965. Kathy and Archie were blessed with three children, Arch Jr., Terry, and Kimberly. Kathy later married James Burnett on Sept. 14, 1984 in Le Mars.
Kathy had worked for Wells' Dairy at the North Ice Cream Plant for several years. She worked for Plymouth Manor Care Center for 20 years in the dietary department. After retiring from Plymouth Manor, Kathy pursued a dream of hers and opened her own car detailing business at her home. She worked for several local car dealers detailing cars. For the last few years Kathy had worked part-time for Med-Tech in Orange City and Bogenrief Studios in Merrill.
Kathy enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and raising her dogs and rabbits. Her greatest joy in life was her family and in the later years she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, James Burnett of Seney; five children, Arch Jr. and Chris Port of North English, Terry and Jennifer Port of Le Mars, Kimberly and Scott Snyder of Alton, Rusty Burnett of Le Mars, and Troy Lindberg of Phoenix, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, Makayla, Jenna, Zachary, Katlyn, Lindsey, Laura, Alex, Zackary, Cody, Madysen, and Donovan; her mother, Viola Rieken of Seney; two sisters, Bettie Erickson of Seney and Janet and Russel Rosenbaum of Elk Point, S.D.; two brothers, Henry and Mary Rieken of Merrill and Dennis Rieken and Pam Lynch of Lake Placid, Fla.; and Jim's family, Jerry Burnett of Huntington Beach, Calif., Joe and Gwen Burnett of Oklahoma, John Burnett of Oregon, Jason Burnett of Texas, Jeff and Alice Burnett of California, Janice Moore of California, and Jolene and Tony Perez of California.
Kathy was preceded in death by her father, William Rieken; a son, James Burnett Jr.; a brother-in-law, Walter Erickson; a great-nephew, Brandon Erickson, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Eleanor and Clarence Burnett.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the Rev. Gary Landsness of St. John's Lutheran Church of Le Mars officiating. Interment will be in the Seney Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Friday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present after 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service Friday evening at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Scott Rieken, Bruce Erickson, Lee Kramer, B.J. Rieken, Bill Rieken, and Bob Rieken.