Patricia "Pat" Burbach passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 15, 2023.
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 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 Master's degree in Education and began the of Principal of 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.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.