Kathy Peffen Burkhalter

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 23, 1952

Departed on September 23, 2018 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Kathy Peffen Burkhalter, age 66, passed away suddenly at her home on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Born on January 23, 1952, in Nashville, TN, she was the daughter of the late Ann and Harry Peffen, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 46 years,Ted Burkhalter, her son, Tab Burkhalter (Kristi), her daughter, Kristin Vance (Mark), and granddaughters Madelyn and Catherine Vance, and Abbie, Mandi, and Austyn Burkhalter. She is also survived by 3 sisters, Peggy Daniel (Gary), Mary Ruth Geny (Henry), Emily Peffen, and her brother, Harry Peffen, III (Kathryn).

Kathy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt. She was a fierce defender of her family and friends.Kathy truly lived life to its fullest, and enjoyed its simple pleasures; being with friends and family, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her greatest joy - her five granddaughters (Grammie’s Girls).

Active Pallbearers are Janet Gwinn, Lucy Bonvissuto, Lydia Hampton, Rachel West, Lolo Hobbs, Eba Hobbs, Pam Arnold, and Cathye Hancock. She will be escorted to her final blessing by Grammie’s Girls, Madelyn Vance, Abbie Burkhalter, Mandi Burkhalter, Catherine Vance and Austyn Burkhalter. Honorary Pallbearers are her nieces and nephews: Laura Daniel Wildman, Jennifer Geny, Elizabeth Geny, Ben Daniel, Charlie Geny, Will Peffen, and Mary Caton Peffen.

Visitation will be held at St. Henry Catholic Church on Thursday, September 27 from 4-7pm. There will be a celebration of her life with Mass and a reception at St. Henry Church on Friday, September 28 at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Henry Catholic School or Christ the King School.

30 Comments to Kathy Peffen Burkhalter

  1. Mrs. R. Faust
    September 25, 2018 6:40 am

    To Kathy’s Family, may your many family memories bring you comfort to share with each other during this time. May you also have the peace and comfort offered by our Heavenly Father Jehovah as promised by his son and our savior, Jesus Christ.

    • The Allen'S
      September 27, 2018 11:36 am

      ,Our thoughts and prayers to the Peffen Family.Mary Ruth and Henry,we are keeping you in our thoughts. Brett,Donna and Mary Allen

  2. Carolyn Terry
    September 26, 2018 7:36 am

    Our condolences to the family in this most difficult and sad time in your lives. May you feel God’s presence and the love of your friends ever so strongly.

  3. John and Pat Teffteller
    September 26, 2018 8:23 am

    Our prayers are with you all in this most difficult time. May you feel the presence of Jesus giving you love and comfort.

  4. Bill Lehr
    September 26, 2018 8:51 am

    Tab so sorry for the loss of your Mother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you all.

  5. Sue Rutherford
    September 26, 2018 8:52 am

    Praying for everyone with heart felt sympathy and hope that God’s healing touch will bring you peace.

  6. Amy Terry
    September 26, 2018 9:04 am

    May God wrap his loving arms around all the family during this time and time to come. We will be praying for peace’s and comfort.

  7. Nancy Thorpe
    September 26, 2018 10:05 am

    Harry, May the comfort of your faith and love of our Lord sustain you and your family. My prayers are with all the Peffens.

  8. Nancy Thorpe
    September 26, 2018 10:16 am

    Harry, my thoughts are with you and all of your family. I know your faith will help sustain you in this loss.

  9. Chris Greene
    September 26, 2018 10:53 am

    I am so sorry to hear about Kathy. What a spirit she was. I will be thinking of you and your family during this sad time. May she RIP.

    Chris Greene

  10. Robert Peffen
    September 26, 2018 11:33 am

    Ted, Tab, and Kristi,

    Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Kathy was always a pleasure to be with. She will be missed by all.

    Bob Peffen & Family

  11. Melissa Riley
    September 26, 2018 11:46 am

    Some of my best childhood memories are from our families going to the lake together. Holding you all close in thought and prayer. I am so, so deeply sorry.

  12. Holden lail
    September 26, 2018 12:50 pm

    Prayers for comfort, peace, And strength! I hope

  13. Doug and Lynette Edwards
    September 26, 2018 3:02 pm

    We are so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We regret that we didn’t get to know her, but we are sure that her light shines through her children and granddaughters. Praying for peace and comfort for your family.

  14. Jeanette N. Vogt
    September 26, 2018 3:11 pm

    Kathy was a force to be reckoned with, and had a fierce love for her family. My prayers and love are with the whole family. She will be missed. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  15. Lisa & Jim Hafer
    September 26, 2018 3:29 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. Praying for God to give you peace during this difficult time.

  16. Paula Lovett
    September 26, 2018 3:54 pm

    Mary Ruth and family So sorry for the loss of your sister.

  17. Rich and Wanda Ellis
    September 26, 2018 4:48 pm

    So sorry Tab. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  18. Angela and Angelo DeFeo
    September 26, 2018 6:10 pm

    Kristin, Tab we wish you peace and serenity at this time and the comfort of our prayers. Your mother was a fierce defender of her family and loved you both dearly. Ted, our love and friendship to you always. A special lady has moved on to be with our Lord. We will miss her dearly. Love you all. Angela and Angelo DeFeo

  19. Janice Workman
    September 26, 2018 6:48 pm

    Sorry the passing of Kathy was such a surprise. Had know idea she was sick.All of the families are in my prayers. Love you all, Janice Workman and girls.

  20. Judy Jean Chapman
    September 26, 2018 7:12 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My late mother, Julia Cox, and Kathy are in Heaven doing the bookkeeping for all. My thoughts and prayers go to all the Peffen family.
    God Bless.
    Judy Jean Chapman

  21. Kathy Wolfe
    September 26, 2018 7:37 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.

  22. Deborah Tamburrano
    September 26, 2018 9:19 pm

    My brother Anthony played baseball with Tab when we were growing up. Many happy memories of our families spending time together at the ballpark and team parties every season. I remember Mrs. Burkhalter being so sweet and kind. May she rest in peace.

    With deepest sympathy,
    The Tamburrano family

  23. Vicki Nielsen
    September 27, 2018 3:41 am


    May the peace and light of the Lord follow you and your family with the strength and conviction of His promise. 🙏🏻

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. My heart goes out to you.

    Vicki Nielsen

  24. Judy Weiss
    September 27, 2018 11:12 am

    Dearest Ted, Kristin and Tab, Kathy was a shining star! Her quick smile will live in our hearts for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Judy & Kenneth Weiss

  25. Rob Philbin
    September 27, 2018 2:39 pm

    Tab and Kristin, I’m so very sorry for your loss. We really did have some fun times. Kathy was always a big part of it. I’m sure by the time we all graduated from 8th grade she took a big sigh of relief 🙂 what wonderful mom and lady. She’ll always be with y’all looking down from above. Much love and God Bless!

  26. Susan Nemec-Plaisance
    September 27, 2018 9:30 pm

    My prayers are with all the family. I enjoyed knowing Kathy in grammar school and high school. She was always a beacon of light. The angels are getting a very special soul. God bless you all.

  27. Jim & Ann Burkhalter
    September 27, 2018 9:32 pm

    My heart aches for you. I’m sorry for your loss.
    When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories
    can help you find your smile.

  28. Mary Liz Burns
    October 27, 2018 4:49 pm

    To the Burkhalters- I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I remember her so well from Hillwood CC and how much life and love she gave to those of us who were growing up before her eyes. I know age loved Tab and Kristin so much and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you all,

    Mary Elizaeth Burns (Knish)

  29. Claudia Henneberry
    July 10, 2019 4:56 pm

    I met Kathy when she made my Roman Shades. She was a dear person, extremely talented, and such fun to talk with. We talked the entire day she came to install our shades and realized we had quite a bit in common. We ran into each other around town a couple of times thereafter. It was such a shock to learn of her passing. My sincere condolences.

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