NEWPORT — After a decades-long battle with cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, Kathy Madelene Haener Burnside died peacefully July 3, surrounded by her family. There was a private family funeral service and viewing at her home parish of Sacred Heart. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mrs. Burnside was born in Portland July 24, 1942, to Delbert and Madelene Persyn Haener. Her aunt, Marie Persyn, helped raise the Haener children, three boys and three girls, on the family farm near Donald.

Mrs. Burnside attended St. Luke’s Grade School and Mount Angel Girls Academy. She graduated in 1965 from the University of Portland with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts.

She married Christian Burnside Nov. 26, 1966, at St. Luke Church in Woodburn. Three children followed in quick succession, and the Burnsides built their family home on acreage outside of Sherwood, near the Tualatin River. Mrs. Burnside was both a homemaker and a teacher. Her teaching career began at schools in Glendale and Independence, and she retired as a full-time substitute teacher at Sherwood High School.

After retirement she continued her love of crafting, making wooden, hand-painted Christmas scenes, traveling the western states, and delighting in her grandchildren. The couple bought their dream home on a bluff in Waldport and spent many hours enjoying the ocean view. Mrs. Burnside volunteered as a lector, eucharistic minister, and committee chair for the annual church auction at Sacred Heart.

Mrs. Burnside was preceded in death by her parents and her aunt, Marie Persyn. She is survived by her husband of 53 years; her three children, Mary Anderson, Christina Burnside and John Burnside, along with their spouses; seven grandchildren and a great grandson; her siblings, Marie Louise, Delbert, Richard, Mike, and Madelene, in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to the Covid pandemic, Mr. and Mrs. Burnside spent her last days strictly quarantined. Her family is thankful for the many months she spent well-cared for at Fieldstone Cornell Landing Assisted Living in Portland.

Please consider a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Mrs. Burnside was interred at Calvary Cemetery in Mount Angel