Kathryn L. Burgoyne

July 31, 1940 - September 7, 2018

07/31/1940 - 09/07/2018

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Tuesday September 11, 2018
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel

Wednesday September 12, 2018

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Mt. Calvary Cemetery

Wednesday September 12, 2018
10:00 am

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St. Michael Catholic Chuch
Wheeling, WV

Kathryn Lee Elizabeth Oliver Burgoyne, 78, of Wheeling, West Virginia, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 7, 2018.
Kathy was born on July 31, 1940 in Wheeling, WV, the daughter of the late Kathryn B. Brasch Oliver and James A. Oliver.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sarah “Sally” Oliver Bodkin.
Kathy graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Wheeling in 1958 and continued her education at Wheeling College, now Wheeling Jesuit University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1962.
After college Kathy taught biology at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, before spending nine years as a water pollution biologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She married her love, Tom, in 1970, and after the birth of her three children, she stayed home to raise her family and was the best mom in the whole world.
Kathy was a lifelong member of St. Michael Parish, where she was a long time member of the St. Michael Parish School Board, and a member of the Christian Mothers Association.
For over 20 years Kathy served as a volunteer in the Outpatient Department at Wheeling Hospital. She spent many years as a member of the Wheeling Jesuit University Alumni Council. In 2017 Kathy was named to WJU’s Alumni Hall of Honor.
Kathy lived by the motto “Service before self” and in 2010 Wheeling Jesuit awarded Kathy and her husband Tom the Magis Award for outstanding service to the University’s admissions efforts. In 2017, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield named Kathy and her husband recipients of the prestigious Bishop’s Cross for their service to the dioceses of Wheeling-Charleston.
Sports became an integral part of Kathy’s life after she married her husband Tom. She kept the scorebook for numerous Dimmeydale Rockets little league games while Tom coached. She was an avid Wheeling Jesuit basketball fan and loved watching her son Tom play with the Cardinals from 1991 through 1995. Kathy loved cheering for the Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights, rarely missing a football or basketball game throughout the years.
She intensely followed the exploits of the Boston Red Sox and usually attended a game at Fenway Park every summer. She rejoiced with Tom when the Sox finally won the World Championship in 2004, and the New England Patriots almost always brought a smile to her face on Sundays during football season.
In her spare time, Kathy enjoyed playing bridge, but always blamed her shortcomings on the cards. She loved feeding the birds at her feeders, especially her favorite cardinals. Kathy loved reading and traveling to new places brought her much joy. She reveled in the ruggedness and yet the serenity of the Atlantic Ocean and spent every summer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts or the coast of Maine. But her favorite trips were to Boston, Utah, and Martinsburg, West Virginia, to watch her grandchildren participate in their numerous athletics and school activities.
Surviving are her loving husband, Thomas F. Burgoyne Sr., to whom she was married for 48 years; her three beloved children, Erin K. Reisenweber (John), of Martinsburg, WV, Thomas F. Burgoyne Jr., of South Jordan, UT; and Elizabeth A. Amico (Joseph), of Peabody, MA; seven cherished grandchildren, Jack Reisenweber, Lilly Reisenweber, Benjamin Reisenweber, Kenadee Burgoyne, Kannon Burgoyne, Katie Amico, and Joey Amico; four sisters, Sue Hohman (Tom), Peggy Dailer (Tom), Carol McPhilliamy (Scott), and Toni Bader (Fred); and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, all of whom brought her great joy.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 from 3-8 p.m., with a Vigil Service to be held at 7:30 p.m., at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, WV. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1225 National Road, Wheeling, WV with Rev. James LaCrosse presiding and Msgr. Jeremiah McSweeney, Rev. Bakhos Chidiac, and Msgr. Joseph Peterson as co-celebrants. Interment will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wheeling Central Catholic High School-Tuition Assistance Program, 77 14th Street, Wheeling, WV 26003. click here https://www.tmcfunding.com/search/campaign/2614?layout=single
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.


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William Miller
2 years ago

I only learned about this this past Easter because my brother and me were talking. I knew my Cousin Kathyrn about as much as a I knew a stranger. I knew her and Sally as gorgeous women though. Beautiful. To read about accomplishments, well. I know that to be true because my Mom, Mary Brasch Miller, was her Aunt.
My condolences to my cousin’s and grandkids. Florida branch of the family Brasch…

Cathy Pelusi
4 years ago

Tom, I am so sorry that I just recently heard of the passing of your beloved wife, Kathy, and would like to express my sincere and heartfelt sympathy. Although I have not seen the two of you in years, I have always looked forward to receiving your Christmas card, knowing that our working together, years ago with the FBI, has kept us connected. Kathy was always as “sweet as pie” and after reading her obituary,
her “service before self” is such a tribute to her life. She is certainly in God’s hands and her memory will remain in the hearts of everyone that she touched.

Susan Meek
4 years ago

Tom, Temple and I just saw the notice of Kathy’s passing. So sorry for you and your family. She was a sweetie and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are you with you yours. Susan

Susan Rossmeisl
4 years ago

Tom, I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. What a treasure it was you were able to visit her recently. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. Reading about your mom’s life, she sounded like a wonderful human being with a beautiful soul. She’s in heaven watching over you all now. With Love, Sue Rossmeisl

Scott Gallagher
4 years ago

Tom and family – I was shocked to hear the dad news. My deepest sympathies to your family. Kathy was a wonderful person whose kindness could warm a room.

Juliette Ghaphery Breit
4 years ago

Sending my heartfelt sympathy to Tom, children, grandchildren and all of the Oliver girls. I was so very shocked to learn of Kathy’s passing. As her classmate both at SJA and Wheeling Jesuit, I have known Kathy to be the kindest, warmest, and most exuberant personality……always uplifting to be around. She has left you all too soon. May she rest in the peace of the Lord and may you receive His Comfort in your loss.

Thomas Altemus
4 years ago

The Altemus family in Connecticut, Thomas, Christine, Bonnie, William, Maiken and Jefrrey send their deepest condolences. We are with you and spirit and deeply regret the passing of our dear cousin. Our thoughts will be with you all in Wheeling this week. Love and regrets from us all.

4 years ago


Silva and Mike Horan and Family
4 years ago

Mr. Burgoyne – Mike and I were so sad to hear of your loss. Your wife was always so sweet to me and always happy to see me ! I will miss her pretty smite ! She was a wonderful lady !! However I know she is in a wonderful place sitting at the table with our LORD JESUS. We will keep you and your family in our prayers ! God Bless you !

Al Lamoreaux
4 years ago

Sorry about your loss, Tom