Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 23, 2014

Cathee A. Burden

TRAVERSE CITY — Cathee A. Burden, 67, of Traverse City, passed peacefully at home on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, after a long struggle with cancer. Cathee was born on April 2, 1946, in Traverse City, to the late John A. and Elizabeth (Fick) Godfrey.

She married Lewis E. Burden on July 18, 1964, at St. Francis Church. Together they raised three children.

Cathee’s loves were her garden and her family, which included the very extended family of all the children who knew her through her many years with Traverse City Area Public Schools and Water’s Edge Gymnastics, most of whom knew her as “Gramma.”

Surviving Cathee are her husband, Lewis; her children and their families, Lewis Jr. and Dyann Burden, Deborah and David Green, Larry and Shelly Sissen and Becky Burden-Cuddeback, all of Traverse City; and grandchildren, Adam, Christopher, Elijah, Liliya, Victoria, Jenna, Briar, Asher, Lainy, Jacob and Naina. She is also survived by her sisters, Janice Waring, Ardath Cunnigham and Susan Godfrey; and the many, many children who over the years considered her “Mom” or “Gramma.”

Cathee was preceded in death by her infant daughter; her aunt, Katherine (Fick) Thompson; and her parents.

A memorial service will be held for Cathee at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with a funeral lunch to follow at the Heritage Center in the old library. Visitation will be the preceding Wednesday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions will be directed for playground equipment to be donated in Cathee’s name at Central Grade School.

Please sign Cathee’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral home.

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