Abraham's Funeral Home
366-374 Devon St East
New Plymouth, Taranaki
Katherine Elizabeth (Bet)
(nee Squire):
Our precious mother passed away peacefully in the loving arms of her daughter at Chalmers Rest Home on Saturday 20th November 2021, in her 93rd year. Adored mother of Judy (deceased), John, Peter and Donna, Stephen and Marlene, Megan and Brett, Jan and Willie. Loved Nana Bet of Luke, Hanna, Katie; Kelsey, Josh; Monique, Tyron; Riley, Corey, and Brad, and Great-Nana Bet of Oskar. Loved friend of the late Tom. All messages to the Burmester family, C/- PO Box 4016, New Plymouth. A celebration of Bet's life will be held in the Chapel of W. Abraham, 366 Devon Street East, New Plymouth, on Thursday 25th November 2021 at 2.00pm. For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed at

Published by Taranaki Daily News from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
Chapel of W. Abraham
366 Devon Street East, New Plymouth, Taranaki
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Deepest Condolences to the Burmester Family. Betty was a great neighbour and always up for a good chat. Happy memories Caroline Symmans
Caroline Symmans
November 28, 2021
Condolences to Bet's family on her passing. A special lady for many years at TNL and later with the Knitting Group for Hospice Taranaki. Shared some good times and plenty of laughs over the years.
November 27, 2021
Bet was an important member of the Taranaki newspapers family. We shared many laughs when both working evenings. So sorry to hear she's gone. Condolences to her girls, whom she loved so much.
Margaret Carr
November 27, 2021
I have so many memories of my long friendship with Bet, over 67yrs. We were just great buddies who had similar interests, singing, dancing, St Andrew's Church, our Children, her love of babies & being first to bath my babies after arriving home with them. She was so loyal always, but most of all she was fun to be with & a great Mum. I was always sad to see her on return visits back to New Plymouth from Australia where I have now lived for 32yrs. There were only a few times when she same back to me & said my name! But I was happy to know she was in a happy place. She is now at peace after a very long goodbye to her loving outstanding family. I was so blessed to have watched her wonderful service yesterday.
Betty Melgard (nee Smith & O'Keeffe)
November 26, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bet's passing. She was a truly adorable, fun woman who enjoyed life and her children. I'll never forget "doing" Bet's makeup, at her request, for Megan and Jan's 21st. Loved the work she did - and seeing her, co-ordinating and selling handmade knitting which sadly is no more. Love to you all.
Christine and Mattu
November 26, 2021
Thinking of all the family at this sad time. I have watched Jan and Megan care for their beloved Mum for many years .Jan who has been on the spot and giving so much to make sure Bett was given the best care .Megan wishing she was there beside her too. Bett is now at rest and you can now rest knowing you did your best at the time. She was such a special lady lots of "spunk" and fun and energy . Latterly not so, so try to recall all those precious times . She was indeed a Treasure. Lots of love to All. Sue In Whakatane
Sue Robertson and family
November 25, 2021
John, Pete, Steve, Jan, Megan and families. Was very saddened to hear of your precious Mum's passing. She may be gone but will live on in your hearts and wonderful memories forever. Love from Robyn and Max Brooking and family
Robyn Brooking
November 25, 2021
I remember my soccer coach with huge affection. Thanks Bet for all you did for me and my family. Kia kaha to the Burmester whanau, all the best to you all.
Paul Roberts
November 25, 2021
To the Burmester family. Bet was a very special part of our family as you all are. She was a wonderful woman, generous, caring, loyal with a tremendous sense of humor and fun. She will be greatly missed. Our loving thoughts are with you all. Fondest regards
Marian Dennis & Family
November 24, 2021
Deepest condolences from the Burnside family, the old guard virtually all gone now...
Gordon Burnside
November 24, 2021
Didn't know your mum but this is a sad time for you. Lots of Aroha to you all, enjoy the beautiful memories you can all share of you time with Bet ❤
Carol Brbich
November 24, 2021
To the Burmester family. Sorry to read of Betty's passing. I have fond memories of working with your Mum at the Taranaki Daily News.
Also the amazing knitting she did.
Sending lots of aroha.
Valma and Tito Waller
Valma Waller
November 24, 2021
To the Burmester family i am so sorry to hear of Bet's passing. I have great memories of the good times spent with Bet during the Old Boys soccer days at Merrilands Domain. So loyal to her family. RIP Bet.
George MacArthur.
November 24, 2021
To the Burmester clan, Your Mum is a lovely Lady , always helping someone, or making them laugh, She will be missed
Diane Williams
November 24, 2021
To Jan, Megan & family Sorry to hear Bett your lovely Mum has passed she was a great lady who loved her family
Heather Johns
November 23, 2021
To the Burmester families, I have such fond memories of your Mum (Bet). Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Warm regards, Owen Family
Julie & Gary Owen
November 23, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this time.
Great memories of Bet ..always up for a good chat..Will be missed.
John Bourke
November 23, 2021
To Jan, Megan and family. Im so sorry to hear of Bets passing. I had the privilege of being one of Bets many carers at Chalmers Resthome over these past few years. Her bright smile, dancing and singing in the halls, hugs and quick wit will stay with me forever. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending all my love Leeanne Read aka The pin lady.
Leeanne Read
November 23, 2021
Our Mum (Iris Paul) loved her time at Chalmers and time spent with Bet. Mum liked to sit next to Bet and talk to her. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Allison Forsythe
November 23, 2021
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