Patricia Ann Schutt was born in Des Moines, IA on December 6th 1937 to parents Ralph Schutt & Margaret (LeMare) Schutt.
Patti, as we like to call her, attended East High School in Des Moines, IA & graduated in 1955. After graduation she stayed in Des Moines & went to work at Woolworths as a Soda Jerk. In February 1960 she took a job at Bankers Trust Co. as a check sorter, where she met her husband Clarence (aka Clem, CW) Burkett.
They were married in Des Moines on April 2, 1960 & had three sons; Kevin E. (Julie) McKinney of Storm Lake, IA; Franklin J. Burkett (RIP); Jeffrey S. (Becky) Burkett of Apache Junction, AZ; & a daughter Jo A. (Rick) Johnson of Winnebago, MN.
She had eight grandchildren: Michael (Katie Currie) McKinney; Matthew (Tracy) McKinney; Heidi (Andrew) Conyers; Sadie (Dylan) Robbins; Sarah Burkett; Shana Burkett; Kevin Johnson (RIP); & Kateri (Dillon) Johanson. 13 great grandchildren: Carter Currie; Bryce & Blake McKinney; Graham, Mara & Dominic Conyers, Finlee, Faith, Jayden, Jaxson Robbins; Jethro, Gideon & Ellie Mae Johanson. Nieces & Nephews; Kathi, Mickie, Tim, Diana, Kim, Pam, Dan, Mike, Cris, & Tom.
She was preceded in death by parents Ralph & Margaret; sisters Barbara & Virginia (Ginny); son Franklin (Feb. 1961-July 1961) & grandson Kevin Johnson (Nov. 1984-April 2017).
The family moved from the Des Moines area to Sac City, IA in 1968 where Patti kept busy raising her family & helping to raise three of her nieces. When the children were older she went to work at O’Conner Electric as a bookkeeper & later as a waitress at a local cafe. In 1979 the family moved to Gowrie, IA where she spent time raising her two younger children. She headed a bean walking & corn detasseling crew, also working along side of them. The family moved to Winnebago, MN in 1981 where she worked at Parker Oaks nursing home in laundry department, Electro Craft making motors which ran medical equipment, Was a founder-officer-supervisor & worker at Stop-Gap (a temporary employment company) where she did repackaging work & her last job was housekeeping for the elderly.
In 2004, after Clem’s retirement, they became snowbirds in Apache Junction, AZ & moved there permanently in 2015 where she resided until her death on February 1st, 2022.
Over the years Patti enjoyed bowling, golfing, board darts, flea marketing, garage sales, antiquing, craft shows, playing cards, cribbage & board games, attending car shows with her husband, planning, hosting & attending countless parties with family & friends. She really loved “Thirsty Thursdays” & “Margaritas” with the girls!!!
Patti was honest & loyal, had A BIG HEART OF GOLD with a bright cheerful disposition & a tremendous amount of love. HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS WERE HER LIFE!!!