Kathleen Ann “Kate” Burns, age 64, a longtime resident of Westport, died on Oct. 7, 2019, at her home in Westport. Kate was born on Nov. 29, 1954, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Aberdeen to Otto Joseph and Cathrine (Bridges) Fitterer. She was raised in Westport and attended schools in Ocosta.
On June 6, 1979, she and William Matthew Burns were married. The couple made their home in Westport, where William was a commercial fisherman and Kate worked at B and C Pizza, Englund Marine and Washington Crab. She also volunteered for the food bank and the VFW Post 3057 Ladies Auxiliary. She had been a member of the South Beach Christian Church for many years.
She loved beach combing, looking for glass floats, rock hunting and mushroom picking, but above all, loved spending time at the local casinos.
Surviving relatives include three sons and their wives, Ottie Joseph and Michaela Burns of Aberdeen, Jeff Allen and Candi Burns of Portland and William Matthew Jr. and Jessica Burns of Westport; three grandchildren, Susan Ann Burns, William Matthew Burns, III and Aiden Thomas Burns; brothers, Frank Fitterer and Otto Joseph Aldridge and sisters, Jeanette Stroschein and twin sister, Carolyn Foster. She was preceded by her husband, William, a brother, Otto Fitterer and her parents, Otto and Cathrine Fitterer.
Visitation was at the Coleman Mortuary on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A graveside service will be at Aberdeen’s Fern Hill Cemetery on Saturday, Oct. 12, at noon, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the South Beach Christian Center, 1360 SR 105 in Grayland, Washington. A reception will follow at the Westport VFW Post 3057, 211 E. Pacific in Westport.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Providence Sunshine House, 3301 Ensign Road NE, Olympia, WA 98506 or to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3057, 211 E. Pacific, Westport, WA 98595.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 5th Street in Hoquiam.
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