Anna Louise Burfeind

Funeral services were held on Nov. 19 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton for Anna Louise Burfeind, who died at the Washington Heights of Grafton (group home) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005 at the age of 98. Interment was at St. Paul Cemetery in Grafton. Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton assisted the family with arrangements.

Anna was born in Union City, Territory of Oklahoma on April 11, 1907, daughter of John and Ida (nee Dedecke) Meyer. She was baptized on April 21, 1907 in Union City. Anna, with her parents and siblings, returned to the family’s original home in Missouri when she was 6 years old. It was there Anna attended Lutheran grade school. She was confirmed on April 17, 1921 at Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City, Mo.

On July 5, 1931 Anna married the Rev. Edwin L. Burfeind at the home of his parents near Sweet Springs, Mo. The newlyweds then headed north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where the young pastor began his ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Engadine. Their daughter Barbara Ann and son Robert Edwin were born at this time. In 1939, the Rev. Burfeind moved his family when he received a call to serve at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stony Hill and Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham, both near Shawano. Their third child, Marion Ruth, was born while they were living there. In 1947, the family moved to Kohler to serve at Bethany Lutheran Church; and in 1955, they moved to Grafton to serve at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

All her married life, Anna lived in parsonages provided by the congregations she and her husband served until her husband retired a few months before his death in 1974. At that time they were living in an apartment in Grafton. She stayed there until 1999, when she moved to Cedar Gardens Assisted Living in Cedarburg. In 2002, Anna moved again to the Washington Heights of Grafton.

Anna was a devoted wife and homemaker, a helpmeet to her husband in his congregational ministry. She was an accomplished seamstress, great cook and enjoyed knitting all kinds of items for her family. She was always involved in activities at the churches her husband served, including singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, attending Bible classes, serving on altar guilds, helping in the church office and belonging to the women’s organizations. She was a member emeritus of St. Paul Woman’s Guild and St. Paul Lutheran Woman’s Missionary League. Anna was a mentor to many, including her daughters and daughter-in-law.

Anna is survived by her children Barbara (Roger) Strenger, Robert (Rita) Burfeind and Marion (David) Erdmann; grandchildren Sheryl (Errol) Bos, Jeffrey (Susan) Strenger, Michael (Lorinda) Erdmann, Mark (Andrea) Strenger, Craig (Laurie) Burfeind, Steven (Deborah) Erdmann, Daniel (Corinna) Burfeind, Andrew (Jennifer) Erdmann, John Burfeind and Peter (Jillian) Burfeind; and siblings John Meyer and Edna (the late Arthur) Werner.

Anna is further survived by 26 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, along with other relatives and friends.

Anna was preceded in death by grandson Scott Strenger and three siblings.

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