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Beverly Burke
October 27, 1929 - November 8, 2016

Beverly LaVerne Burke, 87, of Oelwein, IA went to be with the Lord on November 8, 2016 while a resident of Arlington Place in Oelwein.  Beverly gave as generously in death, as she did in life by donating her body for the benefit of science at the University of Iowa.  Memorial services will begin at 11 AM on Monday November 14, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with Deacon Jim Patera officiating.  Interment will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Hazleton.  Memorials may be directed to Hospice & Palliative Care Compassus: 4505 Chadwick Rd. Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

Bev was born October 27, 1929 in Oelwein to LaVern and Bernice Warthan.  Bev met the love of her life, Leonard (Bud) Burke and married December 28, 1948 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.  They farmed for nine years and moved to Dubuque in 1960.  Bev worked for Crescent Electric, Brown Publishing, and then Senior and Hempstead High Schools in Dubuque for 15 years.

Following retirement, Bev & Bud enjoyed traveling and loved living in Florida during the winter months.  Bev always put her family first and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.  Bev also enjoyed playing the piano, crocheting, and made afghans for all her children and grandchildren.

Bev & Bud were married 67 years and had three children, Leonard Jr. (Kaye) Burke of Marshalltown, Virginia (Edward) Carr of Johnstown, CO, Robert (Linda) Burke of Pagosa Springs, CO; four grandchildren, Gretchen Carlsen, Shawna Cooper, Emry Carr,  Alicia Terry; and seven great grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Bud Burke; her children; brothers Sonny Warthan and Dave (Vickie) Warthan; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister Mardell Walker.  

Beverly’s family would like to express their gratitude to all who supported her and the family during her illness, including relatives, friends, neighbors, all the staff at Arlington Place and Hospice & Palliative Care Compassus. 


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Gretchen Carr on November 14, 2016 at 8:07 PM said:

Grandma - I'm going to miss your smile I could hear through the phone when you'd answer and say Hi Gretchen Rae. You were always smiling I sure loved that about you. You gave me some good advice through the years - yes, I paid attention :) even though you are gone - I have many memories that can never be erased. I can even remember playing around the laundry chute in the basement of the White House with red shutters you and grandpa lived in in Dubuque and you getting after us every time to stay out but you didn't stay upset long. Feeding ducks by the river in Dubuque - too many more to mention. I love you so much and I'll see you again someday! Grandpa - I am sorry you are the one left behind. I wish I was there with you to play some cards or go for a ride to occupy your mind. I love you so very much too!! Imagine me giving you great big hugs!!! I'm thinking of you and praying you have peace with your loss. Great news is - she will be waiting for you with open arms one day!!!
Sheryl Gosse & Phyllis Trower Decker on November 14, 2016 at 9:31 AM said:

Ginny and all family: We are sad for your loss. We remember you and your siblings when we were kids. Phyllis said you babysat for her family. I remember you through your Burke relatives...cherish the memories. Always be close to your siblings and your dad. Not easy losing a parent. Prayers for your new angel in heaven.
Alicia and Trevor Terry on November 13, 2016 at 4:08 PM said:

Grandma was such a special woman. She loved her family deeply, and she cared so much for others. I always appreciated her cards, phone calls, and "I love yous". I'll miss hearing her voice on the phone, her laugh, her smile, and her hugs that were so full of love. Grandma was so supportive and enjoyed hearing what was happening in everyone's lives. She made the best desserts and when we were little, she always made sure there were toys and treats for her grandchildren when they came to visit :)

Grandpa, I cannot imagine the loss you must feel and how much you must already miss her. Your devotion to her and the way you cared for her, especially in the last few years, was inspiring to us all. You are such a caring and loving man. Thank you for being an example of what love and devotion to your wife and family looks like. We wish we could be there to celebrate Grandma's life with you. Please know we will be thinking of you and are looking forward to when we can all be together to celebrate the loving wife, mother, and grandmother that she was to all of us. We love you so much.
Aaron and Shawna Cooper on November 13, 2016 at 3:31 PM said:

Grandma was a special lady and she will be missed dearly, but we know she is now at peace. We wish we could be there to celebrate her life with you all, but please know we are thinking about you and sending our love. Grandpa, I have no words to say that are going to make things better or easier, but I want you to know how much I love you and thank you for being a gracious and good husband to grandma. You are an amazing man, and I love you!- shawna
Larry and Carolyn. Werner on November 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM said:

We are so sorry for your loss. We have many memories of the fun we had and grand times. Those memories will last forever. God bless
Lyle & Nancy Miller on November 10, 2016 at 5:43 AM said:

Our condolences to your family. May Beverly rest in peace.

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