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Suzanne M. Burke

September 28, 1928 June 27, 2019
Suzanne  M. Burke
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Obituary for Suzanne M. Burke

Suzanne Meyering Burke, age 93, passed away peacefully at home on June 26, 2019.

Amazing mother and friend to her eight children: John (deceased), Jim (Sheila), Margaret (Mike) Dreznes, Sheila (Ken) McDonnell, Suzie, Bill, Marie and Mike, supportive and loving grandmother of fourteen grandchildren; Kate and Maggie Burke, Michael (Rommie) Dreznes, Laura (Patrick) Waller, Sarah (John) Reece, Meghan McDonnell, Caitlin McDonnell, Siobhan (Girish) Krishnaswamy, Lauren McDonnell, Bradley, Brian (Jill) and Kate Lohmeyer, Michael (Kelly) and Emma Burke and great grandmother of nine.

Suzanne led by example and was always considerate of others. As a result, she had many lifelong friends and was a wonderful role model to everyone she met.

Suzanne was actively engaged in the world around her, whether it was kayaking at her beloved lake house and taking in the beauty of nature and amazing sunsets or as a worldwide traveler and lifelong learner. She was curious about all things in life and continued her love of learning by taking adult education classes into her 90’s. Her love of the arts included music, theatre, fine arts and of course the written word.

The daughter of William and Marie (Flavin) Meyering, Suzanne was born and raised in St. Columbanus parish. Sister of Bill (deceased; Mary), Albert (Bonnie), Donna (O’Donnell-Ray-deceased) and Jim (Kathy). Suzanne attended Mercy High School and Mundelein College. While Suzanne was busy raising her 8 children in St. Thomas More parish, she returned to school to obtain a master’s degree in special education. She then embarked on a 25plus year career as a special education teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. She volunteered at numerous organizations and as a result was a recipient of the Aquin Guild Distinguished Service Award for Catholic Teachers. Suzanne was a lifelong athlete and believer in good nutrition long before it became fashionable. Her love of swimming had her swimming her “Mile a day” every summer until late in her 70’s. She could be seen walking around the neighborhood late into her 80’s walking to church every morning at St. Barnabas, where she was a Eucharistic minister.

In her late 80’s, Suzanne moved into Smith Village, joining many of her dear lifelong friends. She so loved “The Village” and everyone there.

Suzanne’s always cheerful demeanor and kindness will be missed by all who were so very fortunate to have known her.

Viewing at St. Barnabas Church, 10134 Longwood Drive, Chicago, IL at 9:30AM Monday, July 1st, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11AM. Interment following at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to Emilie’s fund at Smith Village.

Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

1

Jul

9:30 AM 7/1/2019 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
ST. BARNABAS CHURCH

10134 S. LONGWOOD
CHICAGO, IL

ST. BARNABAS CHURCH
10134 S. LONGWOOD CHICAGO IL
United States

Mass

Monday

1

Jul

11:00 AM 7/1/2019 11:00:00 AM
ST. BARNABAS CHURCH

10134 S. LONGWOOD
CHICAGO, IL

ST. BARNABAS CHURCH
10134 S. LONGWOOD CHICAGO IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery Final Resting Place

6001 W. 111th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

6001 W. 111th Street Alsip 60803 IL
United States
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