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Kathleen “Cookie” Wursta (nee Bowman)

Apr 05, 1940 - Apr 29, 2022

Kathleen “Cookie” Wursta (nee Bowman)

April 05, 1940 - April 29, 2022


Kathleen "Cookie" Wursta (nee Bowman), 82, of Scottsdale, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, April 29, 2022. Cookie was born in Cape May, NJ, graduated from Wildwood Catholic High School, and earned her degree in Education from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). She was a popular and integral part of her community. Cookie was chosen as high school prom queen, Miss City of Wildwood Crest, and the Cape May County Hydrangea Queen. She got immense joy from helping children learn and taught wherever her husband's career took them including New Jersey, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, and Illinois. Wherever she lived she loved to join social groups and treasured the many friends she acquired there. An avid gardener, Kathleen enjoyed reading about and visiting historical gardens. She was a past president of her Garden Club in Pennsylvania and an annual highlight for her and her club was assisting with the Philadelphia Flower Show, the world's largest such event. Family and friends meant much to her, and she enjoyed visiting and staying in touch with them. Kathleen was creative and loved art, antiques, and fixing things. A woman of faith, the spiritual fellowship of her weekly bible study group meant a great deal to her. Kathleen's sense of humor and joy for life will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Effie Bowman and brother Joseph Bowman. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, John Wursta, son Stephen Wursta (wife Dara), daughters Jacqueline Wursta, Michelle Daugherty (husband Mark), and four siblings: Bernadette (husband Joe) Longobardi, Cherie Hanscomb (husband Albert Wilson), Ave Russo and Martin Bowman (wife Stephanie).

A viewing will be held at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary & Cemetery at 6500 E. Bell Rd in Scottsdale on Thursday, May 12th from 5-7 pm. The funeral Liturgy will be at 10 am on Friday, May 13th at St. Stephen's Byzantine Catholic Cathedral at 8141 N. 16th St. in Phoenix. The burial and a reception will follow at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary & Cemetery in Scottsdale.

Kathleen was a lifelong animal lover with a generous and compassionate heart. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in her name to your local animal shelter or rescue operation.

For those unable to attend, the service will be live-streamed at the following link:


Thu, May 12, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hansen Desert Hills Chapel

6500 E Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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Funeral Liturgy
Fri, May 13, 2022 at 10:00 am
St. Stephen’s Byzantine Catholic Cathedral

8141 N. 16th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85020

The burial and a reception will follow at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary & Cemetery in Scottsdale.

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