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Evelyn Kanat Burton

Evelyn Kanat Burton, 97, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 16 August 2019.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Monday, 19 August 2019 at 1:30 PM .

Rabbi David Nelson officiated.

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Interment at Beth El Memorial Park.

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Immediately following the burial at Beth El Memorial Park, the family of Evelyn Kanat Burton will be gathering through the evening of Monday, August 19 at the residence of Peter and Sandi Burton, 5620 Lane Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills MI 48302. The phone number is 248-646-4479.

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Born August 6, 1922; Died August 16, 2019; wife of Lester for nearly 60 years, mother of 6 children. She was born Evelyn Constance Kanat, and it is her middle name that captures so much of who she was. Constant in her compassion for others, constant in her generosity, constant in her striving for a better society, constant in her friendships, and, perhaps most of all, constant in her devotion to family.

Evelyn was the quieter one alongside her more loquacious and spirited husband. But she was the constant stalwart presence that handled the household day in and day out. With 6 children in the family, only a very confident mother would install white carpeting in the living room and only a strong one could have kept it clean, which she did.

Throughout much of Evelyn's adult life she gave of her time and energy in many ways to the community. For her civic work in Huntington Woods she was named the city's first Person of the Year. The Berkley School District honored her in a commendation which read in part, "Although you have avoided the limelight, your impact has been tremendous." She was honored by the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Weizman Institute for her valuable contributions. She also volunteered for Hadassah of Detroit and the Oakland County court system where she supervised visitations between parents and children. And on September 10, 1998, the US Congress entered into the public record a tribute introduced by Representative Sander Levin "congratulating Evelyn and Lester Burton, two private people who have untiringly promoted public welfare."

As a mother, Evelyn did not wear her heart on her sleeve, but she showed her love by raising her children in the right way, immersing them in a life of enrichment and strong values. Ask any one of the children and you will hear, “We are all the better for it.”

Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late Lester Sidney Burton. Cherished mother of Eric (Lois Maharg) Burton, Lee (Roberta Shaw-Reeves) Burton, Tony (Jane) Burton, Peter (Sandi) Burton, Jody (Joe) Slowins, and the late Tim Burton. Also survived by daughter-in-law Carol Burton. Loving grandmother of Zoe (Aaron Bustamante) Burton, Owen Burton, and Chris Burton. Adored great-grandmother of Mateo Cruz Burton Bustamante. Proud sister of Walter Kanat, the late Oscar Kanat, the late Marian Raskin, and the late Philip Kanat. Devoted daughter of the late Peretz and the late Yetta Kanat.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Evelyn Kanat Burton may do so by making a contribution to:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
PO Box 4527
New York, NY 10163
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Wayne State University
Lester and Evelyn Burton Endowed Scholarship Fund
5475 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
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