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Catherine Anne Buresch

January 13, 1963February 4, 2021

Catherine A. Buresch, 58, passed away February 4, 2021, at home in Keller. Catherine was born Jan. 13, 1963 in Los Angeles, Ca.

Survivors: Husband, John Betz; son Conor Ledger; Sister, Victoria Buresch and brother Robert Burton; niece, Catherine N. Buresch; uncle, Graham Williams; a large Australian family, preceded in death by mother, Maureen Posth; and Catherines three legged best friend, Cali.

Catherine was a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, member of the Greater Keller Women's Club. She was a flight attendant for 30 years before retiring. Her many hobbies were flower arranging, painting, home decorating, cooking and gardening. In lieu of flowers, the family ask for donations be made in her memory to ASPCA, and the American Cancer Society.

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Krista Godin

February 16, 2021

I first met Catherine when my family and I moved to Mission Viejo in 2001. We had just moved in and I was sweeping the front porch when a bubbly, gorgeous blond pulled to the curb, rolled down the window, and said, "Hi! I'm Catherine! This is Conor (sweet blond boy in a car seat in back) and Bailey (beautiful Golden Retriever in the front seat). It's just us up the street! A group of ladies in the neighborhood have a mom's night out about once a month and it is this Tuesday at Joanne Bay's house just a few doors down. You should come!" What I came to find out is that bubbly, gorgeous blond was so much more than just that. She was a bright light wherever she went. She was smart and compassionate, a true friend and loved Conor and her animals with her whole heart. It was always fun sharing time with her. She loved having all the kids over anytime and hosted such fun Halloween parties for the kids and adults and she always had the best costume. When she moved to Texas, I was so happy she had found love and happiness but sad to see her go. The last time I saw her was about 6 or 7 years ago. She met Joanne, Cathy (two of the original "Mom's Night Out" ladies), and I for dinner. The three of us were sitting in the bar when she came joyously bouncing in with that big smile, warm hugs, and a gift for each of us. It was a great night, like no time had passed at all. That time together really made me realize how much I missed her and we had some great phone conversations a handful of times after that. Over the years as people move, kids grow, etc. that mom's night out group is no longer, but Joanne Bay, Cathy Young, and I still remain close and get together several times a year and Catherine always comes up and she will continue to as we raise a glass to her and thank her for bringing us together in a way only she could. You will be missed Cath. My deepest condolences to John, Conor, Vicki, Bob and Catherine. XO

Katie Dircks

February 16, 2021

I remember cousin Cathi visiting Australia when I was a child and thinking she was the most glamorous person I had ever met. The bubbly, beautiful blonde with sparkling blue eyes and such an exciting job as a flight attendant!
When I studied in New York and then travelled around the States she was inviting and warm and made it clear that I had family around I could count on.
Visiting her home in Texas, a gorgeous place that reflected her generosity, hospitality and style, was such a wonderful time.
It hurts my heart to think of Cathi gone and to think of the enormous loss John, Conor, Vicki, Bob and Catherine must be feeling right now. Sending love x

Graham Williams

February 14, 2021

I’m Graham Williams, Cathy’s uncle from Australia. Cathy’s visits to us were always special. She had this quality that made you happy to be with her. I was proud to be her uncle. Cathy was about eight when I first met her. My sister, Maureen, brought her three children back to Australia, after 17 years, to stay with our mother. I saw Cathy making friends quickly as she has done all her life. The day they returned to California was sad for all of us but we maintained contact over the following years through photos and letters from Maureen. Whenever I visited my sister in Irvine I managed to see Cathy from time to time and could see that spark of happiness was still there. I also discovered her love of Country music and an apparent need to dance at any given moment. Her last visit to us was with Maureen in 2017. The demand to see her was so great I had to ration the time each member of our family could be with her. I managed to squeeze one day for myself and took her and Maureen to visit my son and his family. . She taught my grand-daughters, 7 and 12, some moves from her Cheer-Leader days and they immediately fell in love with her. It was fun-loving Cathy at her best. She admired the blossoms of our eucalypts that were in bloom at the time and said she was going to try to use them in her flower arrangements when she got back to Texas. I often wonder if she did .My final vision of Cathy was of her and Maureen going through the Departure gates at Tullamarine airport. She stopped briefly and gave me a wave. How could I have known this would the last time I would see her. It’s hard to come to terms with the realisation that our beautiful, fun-loving Cathy is no longer with us, but we must try. Wherever you are, our beautiful Cathy, I’m sure you are spreading happiness, like you did with us down here.

Anne-Maree McRae

February 14, 2021


We were shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our beautiful cousin Cathi. Although we lived an ocean apart Cathi and her family were always a part of our lives through many visits and stays over the years...here in Melbourne or over in LA, since the early 1970s when they first came to Australia.
Our cousin was a warm and kind person with a big personality and a big smile for everyone. We were so lucky to know her and she will be greatly missed by all of her Australian family.
Our love and condolences go out to John, Conor, Vicki and Bob.
Gone but never forgotten.xx
Love Anne-Maree, Sandra, Jan, Michael, and their partners, children and grandchildren

Mel (Melinda) Gruber

February 12, 2021

I am deeply saddened and heartbroken to hear the tragic news of my forever-friend Cathi’s passing. Cathi and I met when she was 12 and I was 11. We were two little Coppertone babies- tan as can be, soaking up the summer sun, learning cheers, laughing, having swim races with my brother, reading in lounge chairs and listening to Loggins & Messina’s “House at Pooh Corner” on repeat; we grew up together and I was blessed to have been friends with such a beautiful soul, with a friendship that spanned 45 years into adulthood and motherhood. Cath was bubbly, giving and caring and she made her friends feel loved. We loved each other’s children, and my children loved her. Whether blaring country music on our way to MV Lake with her Conor and my Aly and Grant, or beach days, birthdays, trampolining, line-dancing at her Halloween parties, sleepovers, or dancing at concerts in the park, we had a friendship filled with laughter and love; and Cathi’s laugh, warmth and smile were infectious. Cathi was a wonderful mom to her sweet, cute Conor. She would always share his school, track, and life accomplishments with me. She adored Conor and was so proud of him. She was an adorable friend- I loved Cath like a sister, she was family to me, and my whole family loved her too. I will miss you “girlfriend” and will keep you forever in my heart, soul and memories. We give our love and heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Conor, Bob, Vicky, Catherine, John and all her loved ones. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful, beloved Cathi. Love, Mel (Melinda), Eric, Aly and Grant Gruber

Mel (Melinda) Gruber

February 12, 2021

Mel (Melinda) Gruber

February 12, 2021

I am deeply saddened and heartbroken to hear the tragic news of my forever-friend Cathi’s passing. Cathi and I met when she was 12 and I was 11. We were two little Coppertone babies- tan as can be, soaking up the summer sun, learning cheers, laughing, having swim races with my brother, reading in lounge chairs and listening to Loggins & Messina’s “House at Pooh Corner” on repeat; we grew up together and I was blessed to have been friends with such a beautiful soul, with a friendship that spanned 45 years into adulthood and motherhood. Cath was bubbly, giving and caring and she made her friends feel loved. We loved each other’s children, and my children loved her. Whether blaring country music on our way to MV Lake with her Conor and my Aly and Grant, or beach days, birthdays, trampolining, line-dancing at her Halloween parties, sleepovers, or dancing at concerts in the park, we had a friendship filled with laughter and love; and Cathi’s laugh, warmth and smile were infectious. Cathi was a wonderful mom to her sweet, cute Conor. She would always share his school, track, and life accomplishments with me. She adored Conor and was so proud of him. She was an adorable friend- I loved Cath like a sister, she was family to me, and my whole family loved her too. I will miss you “girlfriend” and will keep you forever in my heart, soul and memories. We give our love and heartfelt condolences and sympathy to Conor, Bob, Vicky, Catherine, John and all her loved ones. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful, beloved Cathi. Love, Mel (Melinda), Eric, Aly and Grant Gruber

Nancy Stewart

February 12, 2021

My name is Nancy Stewart and iam a later in life Friend of Cat’s. I always called her Cat! We met in November 2014. Cat and John were living in
Roanoke Tx and I came to live with my Daughter next door to Cat. We instantly became Friends and would be outside in the backyard with our dogs talking and laughing.
What a great time we had sharing stories and having fun. We stayed close friends thru the years . Cat and John moved to Keller Tx and I moved on to Mckinney Tx but we never lost contact. Cat knew how to have fun and always was so much fun to be around. So full of life and so giving . I loved her Flight Attendant stories and she loved my stories of working on the ambulance when I was a Paramedic. I will miss my dear friend and cherish her Friendship always.

Aunt Nancy & Uncle Gary Betz

February 11, 2021

Dear John,
Words are hard to come by for the loss that we are all feeling.
When I saw Catherine's picture it exemplified her loving, caring,
giving spirit. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers in the days and weeks ahead. We never met Conor, but
please extend to him our deepest sympathy, as well. We will
cherish our memories of Catherine.
With love and deep sympathy,
Aunt Nancy & Uncle Gary

Robert Burton

February 10, 2021

I'm the older brother. I remember how proud the family was when she was accepted to flight attendant bootcamp despite being only 20 years old and an inch too short. I helped her move into her Chicago highrise apartment overlooking Lake Michigan. Two months prior she had never been in a plane and now she was this hotshot flight attendant in the big city.
Over the years she told stories of rude passengers and celebrities. We would all gather and listen with rapt attention around the dinner table. Cath was the type of person you would want at your party. And she was known to give good party. She would hire a magician, rent a trampoline or dress up like Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ.
Conor her son was her everything and she would do anything for him. Now Cath is gone and I pledge I will do anything I can for Conor in her absence. And John her husband always stood by her in the most challenging times. Thank you for taking good care of my sister.