Katherine Mae Burda

January 6, 1925January 8, 2020

Katherine Burda, 95, of Houston Texas, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2020. She was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on January 6, 1925 to Thomas and Louise Bourgeois.

After graduating from LSU and working as a journalist in New Orleans, she moved to Houston, Texas with her mother and siblings. She married John Burda in 1950, and they had 41 years together until his death. Katherine had a career teaching English for many years, both before having children and later, but her priority in life was raising her four daughters. She had a passion for supporting her daughters in all of their varied activities. As they got older and married, she continued to take joy in being with her girls and grandchildren. She also turned her passion to serving in the church, teaching Baptism classes and singing in the choir for many years at St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was a prayer warrior and read Scripture daily. She loved cats, having several of them in her later years, and getting together with her family as often as possible. She kept her sociable nature through moves to St. Dominic Village, Parsons House and ComFor Care in her last years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, as well as her husband, John Burda. She is survived by her daughters, Diana Pombier (wife of Rand), Adrienne McKnight (wife of Greg), Emily Donihoo (wife of Mike) and Marlene Wark (wife of Pat), as well as 9 grandchildren: John Nemec, Kate Pombier Thomas, Wesley Nemec, Cameron Donihoo, Charles Pombier, Valerie Wark Galbraith, Nick Donihoo, Chris Wark and Allison Pombier.

Services will be held in the Warren chapel at St. Dominic Village on Wednesday, January 15 at 10:30 am, with graveside service to follow.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Rosary Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Celebration of Mass Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Rite of Committal Wednesday, January 15, 2020


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Scott Jacobs

January 10, 2020

I am so sorry. Love to your family. I remember your mom fondly.

Marlene Wark

January 10, 2020

Mom loved to get out and socialize. She was also a great hostess. One of my fondest memories, she loved cookies more than any other treat. I would bring her a box of cookies, and after a while she would comment that she wished she had some snacks to offer me, would I like to have one these cookies? We passed the cookies around quite a few times. Rest assured mom is passing a plate of cookies in heaven. In her honor, I will always make sure I pull my shirt down in the back.