PACKWOOD, Wash. — Wanda Grace (Burnett) Steichen, 90, of Packwood and Kennewick, Wash., died September 9, 2019, at Trios Hospital in Kennewick.
There will be a Catholic funeral Mass at 1 p.m. Friday at the Packwood Community Presbyterian Church in Packwood, with a viewing prior at noon. There will be a Graveside Service following the mass at the Packwood Evergreen Cemetery in Packwood and a Celebration of Life at the Packwood Senior Center.
Wanda was born to Roy and Alma (Katz) Burnett, on July 31, 1929, in Huron. She graduated from Huron High School. She met her husband Robert at a dance in Huron, and they were married after her high school graduation, on June 11, 1947. They were married 68 years and had nine children.
Wanda was a full-time mother and homemaker for her husband and children. She was also a caregiver for many of her grandchildren. She found time to be a charter member and had the role of president during her membership with the Young Ladies Institute #214 in Richland, Wash. She was a cuer (caller) for the Mountain Ma’s and Pa’s Square Dance Club in Packwood. She also held roles as secretary of the Randle Grange #865 and treasurer of the High Valley Women’s Club, as well as a member of the St. Mary’s Guild in Packwood, Wash.
She enjoyed doing crafts, playing bridge and crocheting. She crocheted afghans for all of her children, baby blankets for her 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grand children and blankets for wedding gifts for her grandchildren as well.
She was a loving mother and wife, a caring and giving woman and will be missed by many.
Wanda is survived by her brothers, Clifford Burnett and Arlie Burnett; sisters, Jessie Root, Maxine Paye, and Beverley Allbee; sons, Kim (Lorna) Steichen, Kerry (Carrie) Steichen, Dana (Denise) Steichen, and Rial (Esther) Steichen; daughters, Shawn (Cris) Harmia, Vicki (Randy) Buck-Bricker, Alicia (Steve) Merwin, Jaime (Craig) Hall, and Lynna (Arvid) Morfin; 23 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren (plus three on the way).
Wanda is preceded in death by her husband Robert; her father and mother, Roy and Alma(Katz) Burnett; her brothers, Clarence Burnett, Merle Burnett, Roger Burnett, Harold Burnett, and Richard Burnett; and sisters, Charlotte DeNolf, and Dorothy Knouse.