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Francella Burgart

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Francella C. Burgart, age 91, of New Hampton, died peacefully surrounded by her family Wednesday morning, June 28, 2023, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 3, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Jerry Kopacek celebrating the Mass. For those unable to attend the Mass in person please join the family via Livestream at the link below. https://foveo.stream/hugeback-johnson/francella-burgart The pall will be placed on the casket by her six children and the offertory gifts will be presented by great-grandchildren, Aubrey Burgart, Anne Burgart, Emma Burgart and Lucas Burgart. Interment will be beside her husband in St. Mary's Cemetery, New Hampton, with Francella’s grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 3-6 p.m. Sunday, July 2, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Monday. Online condolences for Francella's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com. Francella was born on the Oswald and Marie (Schwickerath) Schmitz family farm in rural Ionia, on August 15, 1931. She attended country school through eighth grade about half-mile from the farm. Francella married Vincent “Timmy” Burgart on September 22, 1949 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia. To this union six children were born. Francella and Timmy farmed the Burgart family farm, a Heritage Farm settled by the Burgart family in 1855. Francella and Timmy moved to New Hampton in 1997. Francella enjoyed playing cards, baking, traveling, dancing, and gardening. She was an excellent and generous cook. Her greatest enjoyment came from time with family, especially her beloved extended Schmitz family. Survivors include; six children, Sandra Burgart of New Hampton, James (Becky) Burgart of Council Bluffs, David (Jeanne) Burgart of Clear Lake, Carolyn Nelson of Ionia, Lawrence (Julie) Burgart of St. Paul, Minn., Joseph (Karla) Burgart of Urbandale; 17 grandchildren; Mathew Burgart, Zachary Burgart, Jonathan Burgart, Jason Burgart, Justin Burgart, Phillip Burgart, Michael Burgart, Sarah Burgart, Aaron Burgart, Amber Kleiner, Craig Nelson, Katie Nelson, Jennifer Burgart, Timothy Burgart, Maggie Elenz, Ronald Burgart, Andrew Burgart, and 21 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Larry (Joyce) Schmitz of Urbandale, Gary (Karen) Schmitz of Waterloo, and Dale (Laura) Schmitz of Ionia; and three sisters, Joan (the late Alfred) Mueterthies of Lawler, Joyce (Tom) Renze of Marshalltown, and Sharon (the late Donald) Caspersen of New Hampton; three sisters-in-law, Carol Schmitz, Elaine Schmitz, and Dorothy Schmitz. She was preceded in death by her husband Timmy in 2012, her parents, a son-in-law, Reggie Nelson, and three brothers: Ron Schmitz, Bob Schmitz, and Bill Schmitz.

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  1. Sweet lady! Enjoyed visiting with her when visiting my mom at care center. Sympathies to the Burgart family.

  2. Prayers and hugs to all of you. What a wonderful person and such a good friend to Mom.❤️

  3. So sorry to hear this! She was a great friend to many people. She will be miss by her family and friends.

  4. Francella was a wonderful lady, I enjoyed knowing. Always an interesting conversation. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  5. So sorry to hear this. She was such a kind and caring person. I enjoyed listening to her and Mom talk about the past. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. 🙏❤️

  6. Thinking of the Burgart family. Francella was a friend to all and always a great conversation. Our sympathy 🙏🏻

  7. Francella was my sister-in-law. She was so welcoming to me when I married her “baby” brother. She loved to remind me that my mother taught her at a country school back in the day. Francella had a keen mind and loved a good visit. She will be greatly missed.

  8. Sincere sympathy to family and friends. Thoughts and prayers for healing and comfort.

  9. Francella was so well loved by her family, friends, and community. She will be deeply missed. What a celebration in heaven they must be having!

  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the memories of Francella.

  11. Deepest sympathies to the Burgart family at this sad time. Sending prayers for peace and comfort.

  12. There will never be another Francella. I will miss her marvelous mind and sharp wit, as well as her love for her family, including her “baby brother,” my dad. ❤

  13. Our deepest sympathies to the Burgart family. Fran was such a sweet lady. Always enjoyed visiting with her through the years. May she rest in peace.

  14. We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Francella will live forever in the memories in your heart and your families’ traditions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Carolyn and family, sorry for your loss.Hang on to all the good memories and they will carry you forward.
    Randy and Mary Jane Leach

  16. I will never forget Timmy and Francella spinning around on the dance floor. Nobody could cut a rug like those two! The world is a little slower without them in it. My sympathies to the family.

  17. We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Please accept our Deepest Sympathy 🙏
    Dale and Judy Straw

  18. Grandma was the person I was closest to on this planet…we talked all the time and ofter I would call her or she would call me and the other would say I was just thinking about you and we would say I know that is wny I called you! Since the few days Grandma has been gone I have thought probably 10 times…oh I cant wait to tell Grandma this…and then i get sad for a minute. But I am very happy as I know she was not real happy with the last few years in the nursing home but she was happy and at peace at the end because she was ready for her journey up to heaven and Grandpa has had a deck of cards waiting to play with her for quite a while! I LOVE YOU GRANDMA! M

  19. I am so sorry for your loss. Francella was such a cheerful woman. May she rest in peace with Timmy.
    Joann Throndson.

  20. Sorry to hear about your Mom. May you all rest in the arms of Jesus during this time of grief.

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