Burkhart, Debra Jean (Novak)

Posted: Thu 11:55 AM, Jun 20, 2013
Funeral Home: Brainard
Debra Jean (Novak) Burkhart, age 56, of Sobieski, WI passed away on June 18, 2013 at her home after a courageous 5 year battle with cancer.

She was born in Antigo, WI to Dale and Janice (Martin) Novak. She is a graduate of Ladysmith High School and North Central Technical College. She married Vincent A. Burkhart on May 24, 1975 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Deerbrook, WI.

Debra’s career included being a homemaker and mom, designing whimsical items for craft shows, and later when she was intrigued by the prospect of a career as a flight attendant, she signed on to train with Northwest/Delta. She earned her wings and traveled the world these past 12 years.

Debra enjoyed traveling for her job and loved every moment in the air. In her spare time, she looked forward to vacationing on the family property in Wyoming, camping and fishing with her husband, shopping and visiting with her daughter and spending time with her son and daughter-in-law. She loved trips to the library with her mother and aunt, and was an avid decorator finding vintage items and restoring them to use.

Survivors include her husband Vincent A. Burkhart of Sobieski, WI; one son Eric V. (Kate) Burkhart of Shakopee, MN; one daughter Jennifer L. Burkhart and her partner Trina Olson of Marshfield, WI; her parents Dale and Janice Novak of Wausau, WI; one brother Allen (Juanita) Novak of Mira Loma, CA.

Debra was kind, loving and had a wonderful sense of humor even to the end. She was an amazing wife and mother and she will be dearly missed by her family, friends and fellow flight attendants. Debra and Vincent were fortunate to have so many wonderful friends and family members in their lives, and their love and support will not be forgotten. Thank you to those who came to visit with Debra in her final days. Thank you to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic and to the Aurora Hospice Staff (especially Val), for their care and compassion for Debra and her family.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel; 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Elisabeth Sinclair of Aurora Hospice will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau.

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