Sandra (Teausant) Burkart

February 12, 1952 ~ June 20, 2020 (age 68)


Sandra K. "Sandy" (Teausant) Burkart, 68, of Ottawa, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020 at home, surrounded by her family after courageously fighting a four year battle with breast cancer.

A public visitation will be from 3 to 6 pm, Thursday, July 2 at Ottawa Funeral Home. Due to the current Covid-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing are required. A public celebration of life will be held Friday evening at Shoreline Boat Club. She will be laid to rest at the Shrine of Rest Mausoleum in Oakwood Memorial Park.

Sandy was born February 12, 1952, in Ottawa, IL, to Wesley Teausant and Marilyn Munks. She married Gerry Burkart on June 21, 2001 in Key West, FL.

She was an Ottawa Township High School and Eastern Illinois Graduate. She went on to become the Vice-President of Marketing at Financial Plus Credit Union, where she worked for over 35 years. She was the creator of the Kid's Club and its mascot "Wiley Wabbit". She was awarded the CUES Marketing Professional of the Year for the State of Illinois on two occasions. Her recognition included fifteen CUES Golden Mirror Awards, a CUNA Bridge, and three Diamond Marketing Awards. She was a co-host VIP of the televised Easter Seal telethon for many years. She served on the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce board for six years, was the president of the local Crimestoppers Board of Directors for several years, performed with Ottawa Community Players, was on the board of directors for the Tri-County Chapter of Credit Unions, and was inducted into the Illinois Credit Union Hall of Fame. She was also a member of Shoreline Boat Club with her husband Gerry.

Sandy had a heart of gold and a quick sense of humor that allowed her to rattle off one liners, one after the other. She was fond of her family, her dogs, playing Shanghai and Liverpool, traveling, boating, and had many close friends.

She is survived by her husband, Gerry Burkart; her step-sons, Jeremy Burkart of Jacksonville, Fl and Corey Burkhart of LaSalle; her siblings, Jack (MaryK) Teausant of Ottawa, Terry (Jean Pyszka) Teausant of Peru, and Nanette Taller of Morris; her step-sister, Karen Dudgeon of Ottawa; her mother-in-law, Elsie Burkart of Peru; her brothers-in-law, William Burkart and Ron Burkart of LaSalle and Lee (Dee) Burkart of Peru; her sisters-in-law, Regina (Tom) Gualandi of Utica and Laura Burkart of Sugar Grove; her grandchildren, Cam, Quinn, and Kinsley Burkart; and her nieces and nephews, Travis (Chris) Teausant, Danielle (Morgan) McCarthy, Andrea (Josh) Smith, Kenny (Karen) Teausant, and Ben, Jon, and Willow Taller.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather Ken Dudgeon; her step-sister, Suzann Conley; and her brother-in-law, Dr. Steve Taller.

Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church of Ottawa or Pet Project at PO Box 163, Ottawa IL 61350.








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