Mary Ann Weinzimmer • June 18, 2022
Mary Ann Burkett Weinzimmer, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother sister, aunt, daughter, and friend passed away on June 18, 2022, at the age of 67 at her home in Pensacola, Florida. She had recently returned from a two-and-a-half-year tour at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba, supporting her husband Kevin’s career in social work. Mary Ann had recently retired from Ascension Health Services where she worked first as a neonatal respiratory therapist and then moved on to a clinical analyst position for a total of 33 years. Everyone in the hospital knew her and her famous smile (Mary Ann always said it was better when the nuns worked there). Her career as a therapist found her traveling the world to provide her skills. Her colleagues said she could intubate a kitten if she had to. She is remembered for her kindness with staff and patients. She loved rocking the babies. She is survived by her husband Kevin, her brother Ed, her daughters Helen Rose and Lindsey, her loving stepson Jack, and many grandchildren.
Born at the Calexico Hospital near Naval Air Station at El Centro, California, she was assigned a time for birth on a specific day so as not to interfere with her father’s advanced flight training. Mary Ann’s father, Commander, Alva D. Burkett, served in WW2, The Korean War and Vietnam as a naval aviator eventually serving as the Commanding Officer of VQ2 stationed in Rota Spain. Mary Ann followed her father’s career around the world along with her mother and younger brother Ed. She took pride in her designation as a “navy brat” and attended many different schools throughout her father’s career. Mary Ann was awarded a scholarship to study Fine Arts at Florida Atlantic University where her work in stage, various mediums of art and most importantly, her beloved piano brought her great pleasure and accomplishment. After the birth of her first daughter, Helen Rose, a new career path was needed but she always kept her hands in clay, paint, cross stitching and most importantly, on the piano keys.
The constant threads in Mary Ann’s life were her art and her deep love of family. She delighted in her grandchildren and her most comforting times were in the kitchen creating enormous portions of gumbo, paella and cakes for her beloved friends and family. Her mother, Helen was a Gonzalez of Pensacola, tracing their family to the Spanish Land Grants and even back to Sevilla Spain where her ancestors originated. She was boundlessly loving to her family and friends and willingly gave of herself. Although she left this world much too soon, her enduring artistic and loving spirit will persevere, eternally evident in her pottery and cross stitches and they will live on in the hands of those who loved her.
Mary Ann will eventually be interred at Barrancas National Cemetery along with her husband Kevin. The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider donating to their favorite charity in Mary Ann Weinzimmer’s name.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 1, 2022 from 5:00-7:00pm at Pensacola Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.
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