NLJ Staff

June 9, 1932–March 4, 2019

Catherine Agnes Burlingame, 86, of Casper, Wyo., passed away on March 4, 2019.

Visitation was held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at Bustard’s Funeral Home in Casper. The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m.

She was born on the family homestead near Upton, Wyo., on June 9, 1932, to James and Margaret Whitman.

Her family moved from Newcastle, Wyo., to Riverton, Wyo., when she was very young, and shortly thereafter moved to Casper. Her uncle, Roy Whitman, owned and operated the Home Grocery in Newcastle, in the 1940s, located where Crossroads is now.

After some time, the family purchased what later became Whitman’s Grocery on 12th Street, where she was an integral part of running the store as well as care-taking her younger brothers. Catherine graduated from Natrona County High School in 1949 and from Chillicothe Business College in 1951.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school classes; was a Cub Scouts Den Mother; a classroom volunteer at Garfield Elementary; and volunteered for 18 years with Meals on Wheels in Casper.

In addition to her volunteer activities, Catherine was an accomplished bowler and played on a league for many years.

Catherine is survived by her husband of 67 years, Charles Burlingame of Casper; brothers, Robert Whitman of McKinley, Texas, and Roy Whitman of Frisco, Texas; son, David Burlingame of Casper; son, Ron Burlingame and daughter-in-law, Cecelia Burlingame, of Portage, Ind.; son, Kenneth Burlingame and daughter-in-law, Tracy Burlingame, of Parker, Colo.; four grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Whitman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Catherine’s name to the local chapter of Meal on Wheels.


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