Burma Lee Wodek September 2, 1943 – February 11, 2016

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Burma Lee Wodek (nee Suhr; formally Traub) passed away peacefully on the evening of February 11, 2016, after a long battle with COPD.

A Duncanville resident for 30 years, she was surrounded lovingly by her extended family and friends in her last days. Burma was born in Muncie, Indiana, on September 2, 1943. The daughter of Fredric G. and Lee M. Suhr, she grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Burma spent most of her high school years at Arlington Heights High School, but graduated from Anchorage High School in Alaska. She attended Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois. Always gifted with a strong aptitude for figures and excellent business sense, she worked for a variety of companies including Circle C Environmental Services.

Burma, a strongly devoted mother of a special needs son, was a long-time volunteer and strong supporter of Special Olympics in the Duncanville area. She performed various administrative duties and served as coach for track & field, swimming, bocce ball, bowling and sailing. She loved reading, snuggling with her pets, and spending time with her family. As a young girl, Burma taught herself how to play the guitar. She was passionate about her music and was a proud and devoted member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Choir, in Duncanville. Those who knew her well will remember her quick wit, sense of humor, her devotion to family and friends, and her willingness to accept a challenge (from skiing Alaskan peeks as a girl to jet skiing in her sixties).

Lovingly referred to as “Toots” by her late husband of 32 years, Kenneth J. Wodek, they enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, always serving fabulous food on a festive table. She shared Ken’s pride in his N-Scale train village and his delight in their garden.

Burma is survived by her brother, Ben H. Suhr and wife, Judy; her sister, Dorien Lancia and husband, Richard; her sons, Christopher Traub and wife, Victoria; Brian and Jeffrey Traub, as well as Mark Wodek and wife, Jacki, Sharon Wodek Ruestmann and husband, Jim; and Susan Wodek Casterisano and husband, Don; 11 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and 1 niece and two nephews.

Burma is predeceased by her beloved husband Kenneth J. Wodek, parents, her sister Tari Ann Suhr, and her former husband and friend Robert T. Traub.

jaynesVisitation with the family is from 6-8pm, (7:00pm, Rosary), Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel in Duncanville.

Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30am, Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville.

Burial for both Burma and Ken will follow at Little Bethel Memorial Park shortly thereafter.

Donations in her honor should be directed to the American Lung Association.