Patricia “Pat” A. Burbach, 72, a Northland resident of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 15, 2023. She was born November 5, 1950 in Hebron, Nebraska; the second of seven children in a Roman Catholic family.
Pat decided at an early age to become a teacher after she witnessed the harsh treatment of one of her brothers by a teacher. She was the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree and devoted her life to Catholic education and catechesis. Her life of service took her to classrooms in Wolbach, York and Omaha Nebraska. In 1995, she earned her Masters degree in Educational Administration from Creighton University and began the position of Principal at St. John’s Catholic School in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She came to Kansas City, Missouri to serve as Principal of St. Therese School in the Fall of 1999. She continued in this role until 2007, when her career focus shifted to the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Schools Office. She served as the Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools for 15 years until her retirement in June 2022. During her years in the Catholic School Office, Pat served on the Notre Dame de Sion School Board and the Missouri Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Association Board. Her dedication to these organizations was evident by her tireless work on their behalf. In her nearly fifty year career as a Catholic educator, she was a strong advocate of students, teachers, school families and administrators within Catholic schools. Her calm and peaceful spirit was a gift to all who knew her and her service to our Catholic School community will be felt for generations.
She was also a loving daughter, sister and aunt. She was beloved by all who knew her and will be deeply missed. She is survived by her brothers, Phil (Nancy) of Cedar Creek, TX, Joe of Seeley Lake, MT, John of Wilcox MO, Bill (Carol) of Lincoln NE and Steve (Barb) of Glendale CA a sister, Mary Burbach of Omaha, NE; ten nieces and nephews; sixteen grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Ray Burbach and mother Meg Burbach of Lincoln, NE.
All services will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Liberty, MO on Thursday, March 23, 2023. The visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial commencing at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Michael Roach as Principal Celebrant. Private interment will take place in Hebron, NE. In honor of Pat’s dedication to Catholic education donations may be made to the Bright Futures Foundation for the Pat Burbach Memorial Scholarship and may be left in care of the Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO 64152. Memories of Pat and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.