Jeffrey Clyde Burkart

Born: Sun., Feb. 15, 1953
Died: Tue., Sep. 7, 2021


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 14, 2021
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Wed., Sep. 15, 2021
Location: Voluntown Baptist Church

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Jeffrey Clyde Francis Burkart, 68, of Griswold, CT, went home to the Lord on September 7, 2021 after fighting COVID.  He was a loving husband to Lorna Latham Burkart and dedicated father to Joshua and Sarah Burkart.

Jeff was born on February 15, 1953 to Clyde & Helen Burkart in Groton, CT. Upon graduation from NFA, he joined the Navy.  In 1980, Jeff and Lorna met on a blind date and were married one year later.  The one thing they had in common was they both had a dream of building a log home.  Together they designed, built and completed their dream home in 1985.

After leaving the navy, Jeff worked at Dow Chemical for 20 years. In 1998, he left Dow to become his wife’s business partner in financial services for the past 31 years.

More recently, Jeff also helped out with the Voluntown Housing Authority as a handyman and really enjoyed helping.  He and his family served in many ways at Voluntown Baptist Church and was very involved with Griswold Friends of Music, Griswold Drama, ECPAA and Operation Christmas Child.

Jeff loved his family with his whole heart, had deep relationships with his friends and loved to help people in anyway he could.  He loved nature, especially fishing, trips to the mountains, vacations on the lake, spontaneous day trips, and most of all the weekly ride through the forest after church.  Jeff was known for his beautiful smile, warm hugs, sense of humor and loving nature, but especially for his love of God, Jesus and his family.

Jeffrey was predeceased by his father (Clyde) and mother (Helen), and his mother-in-law, Grace Latham, whom he considered a second mom.  “JB” will be greatly missed by his wife Lorna Latham Burkart, son Joshua, daughter Sarah (and future son-in-law Cole Matylewicz), brother James (and Kathy Burkart), and sisters Sandra (and Bruce Shewbrooks), Sharon (and Robert Lenkiewicz), Sherri Burkart, Suzanne DePietro, and Stephanie (and Steve Cahoon), and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and very close friends and colleagues.

Calling hours will be held at Gagne & Piechowski Funeral Home at 490 Voluntown Road, Griswold, CT on September 14th from 5pm-7pm.  A Celebration of Jeffrey’s Life will be held at Voluntown Baptist Church at 52 Main Street, Voluntown, CT on September 15th at 10am, followed by a short reception and then the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to support Jeff’s favorite mission with Operation Christmas Child.  Checks can be made out to Voluntown Baptist Church with “OCC” on the memo line.

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Judy Simoneau
   Posted Fri September 10, 2021
I’ve always admired the love an caring relationship Jeff had with his family. A incredibly good guy. He will be missed.

Michele and Doug Walworth
   Posted Fri September 10, 2021
Dear Lorna, Josh and Sarah, We are so very sorry about the loss of your husband and father. He was a bright light that was taken too soon from this world. His greatest love in the world was his family. We are sending you prayers and love during this difficult time.

Tammy Keith & Francene Breton
   Posted Fri September 10, 2021
Lorna, Joshua and Sarah we are truly sorry for your loss. We feel blessed to have known Jeff and feel the pain of your loss. He was a good man & will be missed.

Tink Rabey-Hall and Tom Hall
   Posted Fri September 10, 2021
Praying for you, Lorna, and for Josh and Sarah at this time. We know you miss Jeff so much. We will miss him as well! May God grant you peace in the knowledge that Jeff is resting in Heaven now.

Susan Christie
   Posted Fri September 10, 2021
Lorna, Sarah and Josh. I do not have the words to show the depth of how very sorry I am for your loss. I have always admired what a great family closeness you all had with each other. I will miss seeing Jeff as he was a really remarkable person. Loved the sense of humor and is willingness to help both friends and strangers. His dedication to his family and all the numerous years working with Operation Christmas Child and other organizations was a joy to witness. He brought many smiles to my face and such a joy to be around. He was a great servant to God and am sure he heard "Welcome my good and faithful servant." Love you all and may God Be with you in this loss.

Earline E Stiltner & Roy Stiltner
   Posted Fri September 10, 2021
Lorna & family
Roy & I send our deepest sympathies.
We send our prayers to heal your hearts.

God is with you,
Roy & Earline Stiltner

Arthur Larm
   Posted Sat September 11, 2021
Dear Lorna and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Jeff will be greatly missed. He was always a bright presence wherever we happened to meet up. Our prayers are with all of you in your time of loss.
Neelam & Arthur Larm

Patty Stradczuk
   Posted Sat September 11, 2021
Lorna, Josh and Sarah… so sorry for your loss. Jeffrey was certainly a special person who will be missed. Thinking of all of you

Mark and Paula Grillo
   Posted Sat September 11, 2021
We can not express the loss in our hearts we feel for Jeff. Our heart of loving prayers go out to his family, friends and and all who knew Jeff. He was just a great guy in every way! He will be missed so much by everyone who knew him. Jeff was so dedicated to his faith, church and especially his family, he so often expressed and showed. We used to joke saying “That Every home should have a Jeff” Jeff we miss you and love you and our deepest sympathies to Lorna, josh, Sarah, Cole and extended family and friends. God Bless ❤️🙏🏼🙌🏼

Jacqui Pollard
   Posted Sun September 12, 2021
My Dearest Lorna, Josh and Sarah There are never words that could express the sadness and sorrow felt at times like this or even take away one bit of the pain you are feeling. But I want you to know I was blessed to have known your loving husband and father. I looked forward to each and every time Jeff with that warm and winning smile would greet me whether at church or out shopping at a store He made you feel cared about. He was a positive force that will be truly missed. CHRIST be with you all though these sad and tough times. Love you guys, Jacqui

Jody & Bob
   Posted Mon September 13, 2021
Lorna, Josh & Sarah,

Bob and I send our deepest sympathies. May you always find peace in the love and devotion Jeff showed to each of you and cherish the many memories.

Our thoughts are with you
Bob and Jody Whipple

Dennis O’Keefe
   Posted Mon September 13, 2021
Lorna, Josh and Sarah,

I am so sorry to hear this news. I always enjoyed my visits with all of you grabbing dinner and just talking about fishing, camping, and life! Jeff was such an awesome man and he will be very much missed. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. RIP Jeffrey!

Michele Polenski
   Posted Tue September 14, 2021
OCC Our Family in Christ Jesus
God pours His Love on His children and I know our Father of Heavenly Lights blankets you all with the love of family and friends for you to lean on . Heartfelt sorrow..... I'm so sorry for the loss of your Husband and your Dad! He is with the Lord in Peace .
Prayfully Michele&Steve Polenski

Nancee and Greg Terracciano
   Posted Tue September 14, 2021
To The Burkart Family: We send you our condolences and deepest sympathies.

John Salerno
   Posted Wed September 15, 2021
We are very sorry to hear about Jeff. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
John and Kathy Salerno

Delane Hartland
   Posted Sun September 19, 2021
My condolences go out to the entire Burkart family 🙏🏼 Jeff used to shop at Aldi every week, at least 2 times a week, and I got to know him over the course of 2 and a half years working there. He was always a laughing face and definitely made our days better whenever we got to talk to him. If there's anything I can do please don't hesitate to reach out

Thomas R. Mulconry
   Posted Tue September 28, 2021
Memories of Jeffrey Clyde Francis Burkart
Thomas R. Mulconry

On the late afternoon of September 27, 2021, a close friend of mine called me to say that a former classmate and acquaintance of mine, Jeffrey Burkart, had passed away due to COVID-19 complications.

I knew Jeffrey fairly well as a child and young man, as he was a kid from the general Thamesville neighborhood in Norwich, CT, I had grown up in. If my memory does not deceive me, Jeffrey and his family lived in the area of Cliff Street. Jeffrey and I, along with host of other children in the neighborhood began our education in the little red brick West Thames Street School, which I believe now is a condominium apartment building. The West Thames Street School taught kindergarten, and grades 1 through 3. Our education diverged when I went to Saint Mary’s Catholic School and Jeffrey went to the Elizabeth Street School for grades 4, 5, and 6. Our education became parallel again, when we both entered Kelly Junior High School for grades 7 and 8, and finally Norwich Free Academy got grades 9 through 12.

As life would have it, I had not seen or spoke to Jeffrey since our day of graduation from Norwich Free Academy in approximately May of 1971, over 50 years ago. On occasion I did hear rumors about him from mutual friends and acquaintances. My family and I had left Norwich in the late spring of 1974, and settled in Hamden, CT. Upon my graduating college, I worked briefly for General Dynamic, Electric Boat Divian in Groton, CT. I subsequently entered the Air Force, and after having lived in various locations I settled in Battle Creek, MI, where I work as a Criminal Investigator for the Department of Defense. On my annual treks to Connecticut to visit family and friend periodically I would hear news in passing regarding Jeffrey and other classmates. The news I had heard of Jeffrey was never of a derogatory nature. For example, I heard that after Jeffrey graduated high school, he joined the U.S. Navy. Upon completion of his military service, Jeffrey worked, for Dow Chemical for many years. Rumor had it Jeffrey he had gotten married, moved to the Griswold, CT, area, and was active in the Voluntown Baptist Church. It is funny what tidbits of our lives are stated in passing and how far they travel.

I would like to share with you a funny story regarding a brief musical performance Jeffrey conducted while in the third grade at the West Thames Street School, during a time of “Show and Tell”. A bit of musical history is needed to set the scene. In approximately, July 1960, the singer and song stylist, Ernest Evans, better known as “Chubby Checker”, introduced his version of "The Twist" at the age of 18, at the Rainbow Club in Wildwood, NJ. Chubby Checker’s, song "The Twist", became an immediate sensation with young people and the dance, “The Twist”, was also a hit with kids of my generation. The song by Chubby Checker, “The Twist" went on to become the only single to top the Billboard Hot 100 twice, in two separate chart runs. My older sister had a copy of the record and we played it incessantly. From what I understand, young Jeffrey Burkart was a budding music enthusiast in his own right, and played the song, and sang “The Twist”, at every opportunity, and mimicked the song styling of the singer “Chubby Checker”, until his was able to copy every gesture and word inflection just a well as old Chubby Checker himself. When Jeffrey felt he was ready to conduct his own mini stage performance, he asked our Third Grade Teacher, Miss Lynch, if he could sing the song, “The Twist”, to the class during the early afternoon “Show and Tell”, and she acquiesced to the idea. The time for the afternoon “Show and Tell”, was upon us. Miss Lynch called eight-year-old Jeffrey to the front of the class, briefly introduced him, and with a wave of her hand good naturedly said, “Take it away Jeffrey!’ It was at that time, Jeffrey, clad in a red and blue flannel shirt, navy blue pants, and brown shoes, began to belt out his rendition of Chubby Checker’s song, “The Twist”, like nobody’s business! Jeffrey’s singing style was very much like that of his singing idol, and all the subtle nuances in body movements and vocal variety were in effect! We, Jeffrey’s classmates, now his musical fans, very much liked his rendition of that quite popular song, and cheered him upon its completion! Jeffrey performance should have been recorded somehow; it was that good.

I also recall that while in Norwich Free Academy, Jeffrey belong to a club called the “Future Farmers of America”. In the photograph of the 1971 Year Book, called the “Mirror”, I remember Jeffrey, and his fellow “Future Farmers of America”, looking more distinguished in their blue denim jackets than did the “Boys Future Teachers” did in their suits.

I did not know Jeffrey Burkart the man, only the boy and young man, and my memories of him are derived from that. I recall Jeffrey was a good and decent person with a most wonderful sense of humor. Jeffrey was always quick to respond if others needed help. I recall Jeffrey enjoyed sports, and liked to be the outdoors whenever possible as he appeared to commune with nature. From what I understand, Jeffery leaves behind in his wake a loving wife and family, as well as numerous friends, and will be greatly missed by all who know and loved him.

In deepest sympathy,

Thomas and Alice Mulconry
Battle Creek, MI

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