Frances Merriam <I>Hikel</I> Burghardt

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Frances Merriam Hikel Burghardt

  • Birth 1918 New Hampshire, USA
  • Death 26 Feb 2013 Florida, USA
  • Burial Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 105978151

Obituary, Florida Times-Union, March 1, 2013
Mrs. Frances Merriam Hikel Burghardt, age 94, formerly of Fernandina Beach, passed away on February 26, 2013 at Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City, FL.

Born in Holderness, New Hampshire, she was the youngest of 10 surviving children born to George and Freda Hikel. She grew up in Groton and Plymouth, NH, where she was an avid Girl Scout and loved to snow ski. She was a graduate of Plymouth High School, Class of 1936.

After high school, Frances attended Plymouth Teacher's College in Plymouth, NH, where she received her bachelor's degree in education in 1940, graduating as class Valedictorian.

The following year, Frances married Corwin Burghardt. Shortly thereafter, their domestic plans were interrupted by the U.S. entry into World War ll. Frances taught school in New Hampshire and Virginia, and also worked for General Electric in San Francisco while her husband was deployed in the Pacific Theater as a United States Marine.

After the war, Frances and Corky made their home in Berlin, NH. Frances earned her Master of Education degree in 1955, after several years of graduate work, all the while teaching school, directing her church choir and bearing two sons born in 1953 and 1954. After moving to Louisiana in 1957, the Burghardts settled in Fernandina Beach, Florida in 1960.

Frances taught elementary school in Fernandina Beach from 1960 until her retirement in 1983. She loved long walks on the beach and was a doting grandmother.

Frances and her husband were members of the Terpsichorean Club and the Cotillion Club. She was a member of the Night Bloomer's Garden Club, and a lifetime member of the Fernandina Beach Woman's Club.

Frances was an active and devout member of St. Michael's Catholic Church where she served as choir director for many years.

Frances is predeceased by her husband, Corwin, her parents and her nine brothers and sisters. She leaves behind her two sons, Peter Burghardt (Barbara), Zephyrhills, FL, David Burghardt (Lisa), Fernandina Beach, FL, and three grandchildren, Elaine Frances Burghardt, Catherine (Hector) Rodriguez and Christopher Burghardt as well as a large extended family of nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, March 4, 2013 in the Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Home, Fernandina Beach, FL. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Bosque Bello Cemetery. Her family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00 3:00 pm at the funeral home.


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  • Created by: Thousandwinds
  • Added: 28 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105978151
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frances Merriam Hikel Burghardt (1918–26 Feb 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105978151, citing Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Thousandwinds (contributor 47530874) .