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Wanda Neff Burkett

October 13, 1933 April 12, 2019
Wanda Neff Burkett
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Obituary for Wanda Neff Burkett

Wanda (Neff) Burkett, age 85 of Grinnell, died on Friday evening, April 12, 2019 at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17th at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. John Epperson officiating. Interment at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell. A reception will follow at the St. Francis Manor Social Center.

Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Smith Funeral Home and her family will receive family & friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be designated to the American Heart Association, mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Wanda Gayle Foster was born the daughter of Raymond and Edith (Chedester) Foster on October 13, 1933 in Grinnell, Iowa. She was raised in Grinnell and graduated from Grinnell High School with the class of 1952.

Wanda was united in marriage to Robert L. Neff on June 27, 1952 in Grinnell. The couple made their home in Grinnell and were blessed with four children Duane, Richard, Diane and Debra. Wanda was a homemaker until she began working for the Grinnell school district as a cook, and then began an extensive career with Grinnell College in Dining Services until her retirement at the age of 75. Wanda was married to Doyle Burkett on November 1, 2006.
Wanda was very proud of her family and loved attending her grandchildren’s school and sporting events. She was an excellent cook and was famous for her cinnamon rolls. She also enjoyed gardening and going to coffee with her friends while living at Seeland Park. She will be remembered for her kindness and compassion, for being a good friend, and for the love of her family.

Wanda is survived by her sons, Duane (Janet) Neff of Grinnell and Richard Neff of St. Paul, Minnesota; daughter, Diane (Kevin) Schultz of Grinnell; step-sons, Rick (Gigi) Burkett of Waukee, Iowa and Neal Burkett of Grinnell; 8 grandchildren, Kerry Neff, Katie Offerman, Nicole Medin, Abby Neff, John Schultz, Amanda Bergman, Rachel Hall and Robert Frimml and 3 step-grandchildren;Alisha Burkett, Brooke Burkett and Bill Burkett; and 19 great grandchildren.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Neff; husband, Doyle Burkett; daughter, Debra McClure; and siblings, Lorene Barr and Gerald Foster.


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Visitation

Tuesday

16

Apr

2:00 PM 4/16/2019 2:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/16/2019 7:00:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home

1103 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA 50112
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Smith Funeral Home
1103 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA 50112 Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

funeral service

Wednesday

17

Apr

10:30 AM 4/17/2019 10:30:00 AM
Smith Funeral Home

1103 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA 50112
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Smith Funeral Home
1103 Broad Street, Grinnell, IA 50112 Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

interment

Wednesday

17

Apr

11:30 AM 4/17/2019 11:30:00 AM
Hazelwood Cemetery

First Avenue West
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Hazelwood Cemetery
First Avenue West Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States

luncheon and fellowship

Wednesday

17

Apr

12:00 PM 4/17/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Francis Social Center

2021 - 4th Avenue
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

St. Francis Social Center
2021 - 4th Avenue Grinnell 50112 Iowa
United States
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