Arlene passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on
Wednesday, June 09th, 2021 in her 94th year.
Born October 4th, 1927 in a red-bricked house on Fountain Street in
then Preston, Ontario, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and
Irene (nee Snider) Musselman. Beloved wife of James Percival
Burnett (deceased 2004) with whom she shared 53 years of marriage.
Loving mother of Neil « Bernie » Burnett (Marg), Joy Hancock
(Bill) and Brenda Burnett. Cherished grandmother of Brooke
Brenneman (Jesse), David Burnett (Courtney), Lynsey Burnett (Pat
McCrory), Laura McDonald (Michael), Samuel Stathakos and Annastasia
Stathakos. Great-grandmother (Gigi) to Sophie and James Brenneman,
who, along with her grandchildren, were the apples of her eyes.
Lovingly missed by her sister Nelda and cousin Audrey Musselman.
Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins from the Burnett
clan, Musselman and Snider families. Predeceased by sister Helen
Steckly, brother-in-law Mearl Steckly, brother Elmer Musselman,
sister-in-law Helen Musselman and brother-in-law Ralph
Arlene had many life-long friends who were held near and dear
to her heart. Some of the happiest moments in her life were
travelling to visit her friend Mildred at « Nigh Agora »,
sampling wine in Portugal and having laughs with her friend Pat,
weekly visits with her friend Rosina, road trips with cousin Audrey
and any activity that involved the girls from the « Games
Club ». The Henry and Arabelle Wideman extended family
held an extra special place in her heart.
She loved her Vine St. neighbours. When she left her
homestead after sixty years to move to an apartment, she happily
continued those friendships.
She was an enthusiastic globetrotter. A few of her
conquests included celebrating her eightieth birthday in Greece, her
eighty-fifth birthday in Ethiopia and her ninetieth birthday in
Belize. There was ALWAYS an adventure to be had!
She was grateful for the many travel companions she had
throughout her years. Her favourite sidekicks were her daughters and
her daughter-in-law. Her favourite mode of travel transportation was
the Volkswagen camper which James purchased after the children were
grown. Chesley Lake Mennonite Camp was her favourite annual
Her hands were rarely still. Whether it was tending
her garden, playing the piano and organ for the church, quilting,
sewing, crocheting, needlepoint, knitting, tole painting, flower
arranging, canning, ringing the bells in the bell choir or baking the
best pies ever, she used her gifts for all.
All the while, she worked full-time. She started her career
as a bookkeeper for Cluett and Peabody in Kitchener. She worked at
Eltherington’s Grocery store in Preston, then did some
bookkeeping for Leonard Bechtel. Preston Building Supplies and Bolt
and Gingrich were other places of employment. She was the bookkeeper
at Clare Brothers in Preston at one time also. She spent a
good number of years working at Galt British Forge. She retired
October 31, 1992 from working at the front desk at Fairview Mennonite
Home where she relished knowing most of the residents.
Other employment included being an armchair manager of the
Toronto Blue Jays! She could often be heard asking, « Oh why did
they put HIM in?! »
She revelled in answering Jeopardy questions, solving the
board on Wheel of Fortune before the contestant did and winning a
great game of Scrabble. Scrabble games had to have a score over 300 or
they were not worth it.
The world was a better place because of her extensive
volunteer hours for the Cambridge Stroke Recovery Association,
Lang’s Farm Village Association, Ten Thousand Villages,
Gleaner’s and many others. Her calendar was always
Most importantly she lived a life of faith. Preston Mennonite
Church, Fairview Mennonite Home and any church worth visiting were her
sanctuaries. Her many church groups and activities sustained
We were blessed with family times spent together over the
past year. We are thankful for the care from the medical teams in
Heidelberg, Waterloo and Glen Morris. Our family wishes to
sincerely thank Jessie Barrow for her kindness, sense of humour and
outstanding care of our mother.
Resting at the Corbett Funeral Home where the
family will receive friends on Sunday from 11:30 – 1:30.
Private service to follow. Provincial guidelines are in
place. Masks and social distancing are essential. As space
is limited, please call the funeral home on Saturday between 10-4 to
reserve your 15 minute spot.
Donations can be made to Stroke Recovery Association,
Cambridge and District, 425 Hespeler Road, Suite 509, Cambridge, ON
N1R 8J6, Email email@example.com or a
charity of your choice. Live streaming
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Arlene Burnett 19272021..
Décès pour la Ville:Cambridge, Province: Ontario