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Lucille Burckhard

July 11, 1925-Nov. 23, 2012

November 26, 2012
Minot Daily News

Lucille Burckhard, 87, Minot, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in her son's home in Minot.

Lucille Axtman was born on July 11, 1925, a daughter of Ned and Helen (Peters) Axtman, on a farm 10 miles south of Rugby. She attended school through the eighth grade at Tuscarora Township, and graduated from Balta High School in 1943. Lucille furthered her education by attending Minot State Teachers College, where she received an emergency teacher's certificate in the fall of 1943.

Lucille was united in marriage to Fabian Burckhard on Sept. 18, 1945. Together they lived on a farm near Orrin for seven years before they moved to Minot. Lucille and Fabian raised five children. All five baby boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. Their only daughter, Bonnie, was first, then four boys, Verland, Terry, Randy and Kevin.

Lucille was a self-employed housekeeper for many years. She cleaned house and babysat for many of Minot's most distinguished business families from the 1960s through the 1990s. One of her most famous clients was Dr. Dormont. She worked for him until she was 84 years old. Lucille was referred to as a "Domestic Engineer" by Father McKenna of St. Leo's Church, Minot.

Lucille was slightly ahead of the times in many respects. She worked outside the home in an era in which most housewives stayed at home. She put four kids through private education at St. Leo's School and Bishop Ryan High School in Minot. Four of her children achieved college degrees from Minot State University.

The hobby she was most famous for was crocheting. She created many hats and coats, mostly for her grandchildren. Lucille was also famous for her homemade english toffee and kuchen made for wedding receptions.

Her faith was very important to her and she was a charter member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot. She was active with the church's Altar Society and the Prayer Chain.

Lucille is survived by: sons, Verland (Rebecca) Burckhard, Columbia, S.C., Terry (Andrea) Burckhard, Byrdstown, Tenn., Randy (Pat) Burckhard, Minot, Kevin (Paula) Burckhard, Minot: daughter, Bonnie Smith (Ed Ereth), Renton, Wash.: brother, Victor Axtman, Minot: sister, Virginia Koble, Rugby: 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Fabian Burckhard, and her parents, Ned and Helen Axtman.

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Minot.

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Vigil prayer service: Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Minot.

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