Delama Burnham

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Delama R. “Del” Burnham, nee Thompson, 93, of Belleville, IL, born December 7, 1926, in Murphysbro, IL, died Sunday, October 4, 2020, at Bradford Place, Swansea, IL.

Del was a graduate of St. Teresa Academy of East St Louis. She was not only a founding member of St. Augustine’s Church, but also a past president of the Queenship of Mary’s Sodality for that parish. She was one of the first woman Eucharistic Ministers in the Belleville diocese and distributed the Holy Eucharist to patients at both Memorial and St. Elizabeth’s hospitals. Del also organized and worked in the Meals on Wheels ministry of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She was a past president of the St. Clair County Women’s Club.  Of all her time devoted to the organizations and ministries that she served, her most important time was spent in being the wife of her beloved husband, Wil Burnham, and the mother of their six children.

Delama was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Wilfred M. Burnham, whom she married on August 20, 1947, and who died on February 18, 2006; her parents, John M. and Anna A., nee Bastien, Thompson; a brother, John (Mary Carolyn) Thompson; and a brother-in-law, Richard Sullivan.

She is survived by six children, Karen (Norbert) Belz of Nixa, MO, Mike (Pam) Burnham of Swansea, IL, Terry (Karen) Burnham of Lake Chelan, WA, Peggy (Kevin) Muckensturm of Belleville, IL, Colleen (Carl) Schaefer of Belleville, IL, and Dan (Nancy) Burnham of St. Louis, MO;
19 grandchildren, Norby (Ken Sosko) Belz, Kirk (Tara) Belz, Derek (Lacey) Belz, Madeline (Scott) Perket, Kyle (Cathy) Burnham, Lindsay Burnham, Nick (Kelley) Burnham, Todd (Lisa) Burnham, Lexie Burnham, Jason (Kate) Muckensturm, Matt (Michelle) Muckensturm, Melissa (Tom) Collins, John (Maryann) Wiegand, Shawn (Jess) Wiegand, Jeremy Wiegand, and Andrew, Mary, Anna, and Ellie Burnham;
19 great-grandchildren;
a sister, Dolores Sullivan;
and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, October 9, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time, will be observed.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, October 9, 2020, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.  Masks are required.

Private entombment will follow at Mount Carmel Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.


11 Comments on Delama Burnham

Cindy Kaye Crannage said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2020 at 11:19 AM

My sincere sympathy to the entire family. Mrs Burnham was the smiling face at all St Augustine activities throughout my childhood. I looked forward to her lovely greeting as an adult. You were so blessed to have her for so long. She had a life well lived.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joe Hummert said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2020 at 11:13 AM

Condolences to you and your family Colleen. Former classmate, St. A's

  • Marissa
  • Illinois
Randy Schmidt said : Guest Report Oct 09, 2020 at 8:54 AM

So sorry to hear of Mrs Burnhams passing. Growing up in the St.A's parish, I always would see Mrs, Burnham and Mrs. Sullivan helping with any activities, Fish Fry's etc. They would always greet me with a warm heartfelt smile, To me they were the original St. A's staples over the years. I know Peggy, Mike, Terry and the rest of the family and friends had tremendous love for her. My condolences!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
frank cange said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2020 at 8:47 PM

My deepest sympathy at the passing of your mother. I knew Peggy well at ACHS since we were both in the same graduating class of '74 and Colleen from the choir at St. A's. She had a good life and you should feel blessed to have had so many yrs to share with her. You will be in my thoughts and prayers Frank Cange

  • Belleville
  • IL
Dave and Beth Bender said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2020 at 7:21 PM

Dear Burnham Family- You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We are so sorry to hear about your sweet mom’s passing. Please know we are here for you all-sending hugs and much love.

  • Ballwin
  • MO
Tom and Melissa Thomas said : Guest Report Oct 08, 2020 at 11:40 AM

Dear Burnham Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mom!! She was a mom to all of us through the years. We will all take comfort in the memories of her life-sized love and laughter! Praying God's joy and peace for you all.

  • Lee's Summit
  • Missouri
Arlene Battrick said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2020 at 10:39 PM

Dear ones..I just saw on facebook that Delama has passed. I will contact the families hêre of her passing. She was such a sweet person and I adored her. So sorry. Please êxtend my sympathies to Doe..Love you. Cuzin Arlene

  • Helena
  • Mt
Mary J Belz said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2020 at 7:37 PM

Karen and Family My best wishes to you. Your mom was an amazing person and I remember so many good times with her! She now knows what Heaven is and we can only imagine. She is now resting in the arms of Jesus with your dad. Love you!

  • IL
Betty and Bob Bolt said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2020 at 5:50 PM

We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the entire family I worked with your mother several years at St. Augustines in different organizations. She was a great woman and will be missed. Love and prayers Betty and Bob Bolt

  • Smithton
  • Il
Karen Buchheit said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2020 at 1:30 PM

We were so sorry to hear about Del's passing. She was a wonderful person always willing to lend a helping hand.

  • Shiloh
  • Illinois
PamelaM.Muckensturm said : Guest Report Oct 07, 2020 at 11:00 AM

So sad to learn of Mrs. Burnhams passing. She was always a kind and hospitable woman. Loved her kind and warm smile.

  • Jonesboto
  • Arkansas

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