Former missionary to Peru passes away
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Piqua, Ohio
Catharine F. Burchfield, 95, of Piqua, Ohio, formerly of Toronto, Ohio, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 8, from her home.

She was born March 28, 1914, in Coban, Guatemala, daughter of the late Richard Simpson and Annie Maude Watson Anderson.

Burchfield obtained her bachelor's degree from Eastern Nazarene College and her master's degree from Boston University. She was a retired teacher from the Indian Creek School District, where she taught Spanish for 24 years, retiring in 1980.

Burchfield and her husband, Oscar, also served as missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene in Peru, South America, from 1940-1956. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Toronto and a member of the State Teacher's Retirement Association. More recently, she was a member of the Piqua Church of the Nazarene. She was very active in the Toronto Tops group for many years and was their reigning queen in 1991. After she moved to Piqua, she began a Tops group there. She also volunteered at the Piqua Salvation Army, where she was dearly loved.

In addition to her parents, Catharine was preceded in death by her husband Oscar Burchfield, 1996; her son Richard Burchfield 1968; her brothers Edward Anderson and Charles (Marion) Anderson; her sisters Agnes (Niles) Clark, Margaret (Russell) Birchard, and Elizabeth (Locke) Simmons; brother-in-law Ray (Dorothy) Burchfield; sisters-in-law Olive (James) Rawson and Lois (Richard) Smith; and two sons-in-law Stanley Susan and Wayne Wolfrom.

Surviving are her three daughters Betty (Konrad) Modschiedler, Lois (William) Bradway, Caroline Susan-Wolfrom; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers-in-law Harry (Annie) Burchfield, James (Joyce) Burchfield, William (Janet) Burchfield; sisters-in-law Beverly (Dwight) Gamble and Dorothy (Ray) Burchfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.

The funeral service was held August 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Toronto, Ohio.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to: Hospice of Miami County, PO Box 502, Troy, OH 45373; Church of the Nazarene World Mission, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66220; The Salvation Army, or the charity of your choice.
--J.E. Foster Funeral Homes, Inc.
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