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BURT, Katherine (Behm)

May 13, 1922 – May 30, 2012

It is with great sadness that the family of Katherine (Behm) Burt (nee Fleck) of Calgary announces that she passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at the age of 90 years. Katherine left us just over two weeks after the celebration of her birthday, which was a wonderful occasion attended by many friends and most of her family.

Katherine is survived by her brother George Fleck (Mildred); her daughter Dorothy Dooley (Ron), her son Dr. Allan Behm (Judith); grandchildren Ronald Dooley (Angela), Cheryl Dooley, Gregory Dooley, Jennifer Dooley, Cynthia Southam (Michael), Michael Behm (Candice), Allison Davis (Gregory); great-grandchildren Alessandra Virga, Francesco Virga, Julia Virga, Claire Southam, Everett Southam, Gabriella Southam, Breanna Southam, Nathan Behm, Ryder Davis, Chantelle Davis, Tessa Dooley, Benjamin Dooley, and by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Katherina Rigelhof, Lendina Mathias and Elizabeth Wademan.

Katherine was predeceased by her first husband Ron Behm in 1970 and by her second husband John Burt in 1977.

She was born Katherine Fleck in Fox Valley, Saskatchewan. After marrying Ron Behm, she moved to Luseland, Saskatchewan where they raised their two children while he farmed and she ran a thriving business. Ron and Katherine moved to Calgary in 1968 to be closer to family. Following her husband’s death, Katherine attended the University of Calgary to further her education. Later she worked for many years in the office of her son Dr. Behm.

Katherine will be remembered for her strong work ethic and love of learning. She always encouraged her children and grandchildren to further their education and her greatest joy was to attend each of their graduations. She also had a great love for music – which she showed in her passion for dance and by taking piano lessons later in life. Katherine was well known for her elegant style, ability to entertain beautifully, her sense of fashion, appreciation for fine foods and antiques, and for her fun loving lively spirit. In her later years, she would never miss any opportunity to spend time with family especially during every festive occasion.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Kerby Centre, or to a charity of choice. The family would like to express special thanks to the staff at the Carewest C3 unit, who provided wonderful service to Katherine in her last years and to the Garrison Green Senior’s community group where she was so happy, had many friends and wonderful staff support.

In living memory of Katherine Burt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200

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  1. Glenda & Donald Ross :

    Dear Allan & family and Dorothy & family:

    Know that we are thinking of you at this time. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother.

    I have very fond memories of going to Aunt Katie’s beauty salon in Luseland – I really liked it and always came out with a nice new style. I always will remember visiting her at her home in Luseland also, she always had such style and was a great cook.


    With Sympathy

    Glenda & Donald Ross

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  2. Bob & Dolli Peers :

    Dear Allan & Dorothy,

    Heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts are with you and your families at this sad time.


    Bob & Dolli Peers

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  3. Alvy Newman :

    Dearest Dorothy, one year has passed since we lost our mothers, for you the sad date is May 13th and for me-June 10th. It doesn’t get easier after one year; rather, it seems like we need to call more and more and share one little thing with them or ask one question and so the silence is deafening. My heart is with you.

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