A Celebration of Life Service for Burnetta Sheese, 85, of Chariton was held Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. A luncheon was held following the services at the funeral home. Memorials are requested to the Lucas County Inter-Church Council for the Food Bank.
Burnetta Jule McNall Sheese was born May 27, 1934 in Rock Island Township, Illinois to Melvin and Leona Hintermester McNall. She rode her horse to country school and graduated from Reynolds High School in 1952. She was married to Maynard Sheese in 1954 and they were blessed with two children, Cindy and Kevin.
Burnetta and Maynard moved to Russell fifty years ago. She worked in the Russell School cafeteria for twenty years. She loved cooking and especially enjoyed the children. Burnetta loved to help and give back to others where she could. She loved having a special lunch with her group of friends every month. Burnetta enjoyed playing cards and Bingo. She liked to watch the Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, and her “stories”. She was also an avid reader and enjoyed working on word search puzzles. Her greatest joy was her family. She cherished any time that was spent with her family and absolutely loved Christmas. Every Christmas Eve she was surrounded by family making oyster stew, chili, meat loaf, and cookies. She also loved decorating at Christmas. Her family will remember all the Santa’s and the cardboard fireplace set out every year. She will be greatly missed and her memories will be cherished.
Burnetta passed away from complications of a stroke on Oct. 25, 2019 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She will be greatly missed by her children, Cindy (Joe) Moore and Kevin Sheese; grandchildren: Brian (Jenna Cretin) Moore, Angie (Jake) Shriver, and Trisha Moore; five great grandchildren: Grant, Alia, Brenna, Autumn, and Dominic; along with many relatives and friends. She will also be missed by her cat, Sophie. Burnetta was preceded in death by her parents.