May 26, 1923- January 26, 2014
Funeral Services for Jerri Burkett, 90, of Jefferson will be 10:30 am Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Jefferson. Interment will be in the Junction Township Cemetery, Grand Junction, Iowa. Visitation will be after 11:00 am Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home in Jefferson with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Memorials are suggested to the Greene County Medical Center –Long Term Care and may be left at Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home.
Anna May “Jerri” Geraldine Sifrit Burkett, daughter of Robert Sifrit and Erma Bush Sifrit, was born in Beaver, Iowa on May 26, 1923. Jerri died January 26, 2014 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa at the age of 90 years.
Jerri grew up in the Beaver, Iowa area and graduated from Beaver High School in 1941. On June 28, 1941, Jerri was united in marriage to Leland Burkett in Princeton, Missouri. They were the parents of three sons: Larry, Gary, and Michael “Mick”. The couple made their home in Jefferson, Iowa from 1941 to 1945 then moved to a farm north of Jefferson and lived there from 1945 to 1955, in 1955 the couple moved to Dana, Iowa. Jerri was employed as a cook for the East Greene School System, and later went to work at Franklin Manufacturing. After Leland’s death in 2003, Jerri moved to Jefferson.
Jerri and Leland enjoyed traveling and spent their winters in Texas. They also enjoyed dancing and bowling. Jerri also enjoyed camping at Spring Lake and Don Williams, fishing, picnics, and baking pies, and most of all spending time with her family. After moving to Jefferson, she enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church in Jefferson.
Jerri was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leland, her son Gary, and her sister Wuanita Stebbeds. She is survived by her sons: Larry (Mary) Burkett of Rippey, IA, and Michael “Mick” (Connie) Burkett of Grand Junction, IA; her brother Robert (Mina) Sifrit of Kansas; a brother-in-law Floyd Stebbeds of Knoxville, IA; 9 grandchildren: Kevin (Cynde) Burkett and their children Heather, and Sydney; and Denise Kinney (Donnie Carpenter) and children Matthew, Jasmine, Matt, and Hunter; Leigh Ann (Joe) Gibbs and their children Ashley, Tiffany, and Jacob; Kendra (John) McConnell and their children Alex, Dillon, and Hannah; Hallie Rice and her children Morgan and Jarrett; Chan (Susan) Burkett and their children Seth, Cody, and Mason; Heather (Anthony) Lohse and their children Quinn, Zoey, and Libby; Tony (Wendy) Burkett and their children Josie, Addie, and Lily; Andrew (Kelly) Burkett and their children Samantha and McKenzie; 6 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.Information provided by: Slininger-Rossow Funeral Home 119 West Lincolnway PO Box 108 Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515.386.2171 www.sliningerrossowfuneralhome.com