Gertrude (Lovey) Burke, age 100, made her final move to her heavenly home on June 10, 2019. Lovey was born and raised in Queens, New York, the daughter of Leonard and Gertrude Armbruster. In 1940 she married Jerry Burke, the love of her life. In short order, from 1941 through 1958, the Burke household grew from two to eleven with the birth of seven girls and two boys. It was a busy and happy home.
In 1973 Mom and Dad retired, left the city and headed for the next chapter of their lives in Newport VT. When Jerry died in 1984 Mom continued living in her dream house on the hill where she welcomed many friends both old and new. Mom was active in her church, volunteered at North Country Hospital, and was a hospice volunteer. She had an extensive and beautiful garden. She enjoyed travels around the country to visit her ever expanding family as much as exploring the back roads of Vermont. Mom was a joyful and calming presence to all who knew her.
At age 85, Mom moved to Bristol to be closer to family. Mom was a long time member of the Bristol Coffeemates and cherished the friendships made over conversations each Wednesday at Almost Home. She was a volunteer, and then participant, at Elderly Services. Mom was an active member in her church. Faith, love, and dedication to her family and friends were the tenets Mom lived by and passed along to her family.
Mom was predeceased by her husband, Jerry Burke, her sister, Ruth Getter, her daughter Kathryn Hendrickson, her sons-in-law Ned Hendrickson and Frank Buonincontro and her grandson Chuck Baser. She is survived by her children and their spouses, Susan Buonincontro, Jane and Roger Gorey, Mary Lou and Ron Arundell, Joan and Vincent Esposito, Theresa and Jon Barb, Marian and Fred Baser, Ed Burke & David Flashenriem and Jerry Burke & Jan Henderson; her nephew James and Margaret Healy; 28 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. Mom also leaves many special friends who enriched her life so much.
Our family would like to thank the entire staff of EastView at Middlebury who welcomed her as family and provided much love and tender care.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol VT. A Celebration of her life will be held at St Ambrose Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 11:00am. Internment will be at the convenience of the family. In Lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Elderly Services (PO Box 581 Middlebury, VT 05753). To send online condolences to her family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com