Sally Jo Burmeister (February 14, 2019)

Sally Burmeister photoMay 23, 1942 ~ February 14, 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)

Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Harlan, IA
(get directions)

Husband – James Burmeister of Harlan, IA
2 Sons – Jamie (Kelli) Burmeister of Omaha, NE
Jason (Stacey) Burmeister of Council Bluffs, IA
4 Grandchildren – Makenzie Burmeister
Jackson Burmeister
Samuel Burmeister
Sydney Burmeister
Other Relatives & Friends

Sally Jo Burmeister, the daughter of Joseph Clyde and Agnes Christine (Anderson) Ashelford, was born on May 23, 1942, in Central City, Nebraska. She attended country school until 8th grade, where she was the only student in her class then graduated valedictorian from Central City High School in 1960. Sally completed nurse’s training at Immanuel Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska, and later received her BSRN degree from Bellevue University, Omaha.

On November 21, 1965, Sally married James Ray Burmeister in Central City. The couple made their home in Harlan, Iowa. Sally cofounded a nursing education program in Harlan before taking the Shelby County nurse position. Later, she worked for many years in the Shelby County Home Health Department of Myrtue Medical Center, as well as, serving on Shelby County Health and Country Care Facility boards. All the while, Sally maintained her family’s home and farm business accounting.

Sally was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa. As a humble and gracious person, she truly loved her time with family and friends. Sally rarely missed her children’s or grandchildren’s activities. She and James enjoyed traveling with family and friends including many trips to Okoboji, Mexico, and even Turkey. Although Sally endured many years of poor health, she always had a smile on her face and a cheerful and encouraging word for others. She always put other’s needs before her own.

Sally J. Burmeister died on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. She had reached the age of 76 years, 8 months, and 22 days.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, and only sibling, Frank Ashelford. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James Burmeister of Harlan, Iowa; two sons, Jamie (Kelli) Burmeister of Omaha, Nebraska, and Jason (Stacey) Burmeister of Council Bluffs, Iowa; four grandchildren, Makenzie Burmeister, Jackson Burmeister, Samuel Burmeister, and Sydney Burmeister; and other relatives and great friends.

The memorial service was held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Pastor Phil Nielsen officiating. Marge Ahrenholtz served as the organist. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in the Harlan Cemetery in Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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12 Responses to Sally Jo Burmeister (February 14, 2019)

  1. John Hemminger Family says:

    Condolences to the Burmeister family. With our deepest sympathy. The John Hemminger Family.

  2. Wanda says:

    My condolences to the family. May you find comfort and peace in your fond, loving memories of Sally and in Jesus Christ’s promise found at John 5:28,29. I am sorry for your loss.

  3. Williams Family says:

    Condolences to the Burmeister family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

  4. Lana Henningsen says:

    James and Sally’s family, I was so very sad to learn of Sally’s passing. I remember traveling with the two of you along with my husband, Ron, in addition to Sharon & Whitey Petersen. James hold on to the special memories of Sally. She was a wonderful lady in every sense of the word. Sincerely, Lana Henningsen

  5. Pat and Dan Kleinpaste says:

    Sending our deepest sympathy to James and the family. Sally always had a smile, a great trait for a nurse. May Sally RIP.

  6. Marge Hehman says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Sally though our mutual friend, Kathy Kirke. Sally was such a sweet, generous and caring person. I have many memories of fun times together. Condolences to your family for your loss.

  7. Susie Day says:

    Jamie, Kellie, Mackenzie and Jackson. So Very sorry for your loss.

  8. Lyle & Connie Behrens says:

    With our deepest sympathy

  9. Rachel Birks says:

    Sally was a wonderful mentor to me. She truly was dedicated to nursing. In the over 10 years we worked together, she worked hard to provide and maintain family planning services in the area, a difficult task. She always asked how we were, or how were our families. I know now she was probably in pain and/or having serious medical issues, but she never complained about them, and would wave us off if we asked how she was doing.

    I regret that I will have to miss the visitation and funeral, as I have plans to see my grandchildren out of town, but I know what Sally would say about that– GO! She was a great lady, and I miss her. James and family, you have my sympathy.
    Rachel Birks

  10. Jeannie Lytle says:

    James, Jamie, Jason, Kelly, Stacy and kids,
    we share your sorrow with losing our dear Sally. Thankfully, everyone who knew Sally, will have many fond memories to cherish.

    Jack, Jeannie and Family

  11. Georgia Clark says:

    Venita E. let me know of your loss. Our sincere sympathies. Georgia Clark

  12. Monty & Connie Christiansen says:

    James, Jamie, Jason, and family — Our most sincere condolences to you all. Grieve now, and cherish many, many wonderful memories.

    Connie & Monty Christiansen

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