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Lauretta Mary Hearne Burke
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Birth: Jan. 24, 1927
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 2013

Lauretta Mary Burke of Akron, died Saturday night, February 2, 2013, at the age of 86. Her late husband James F. Burke Sr., passed last November.

The happy couple created a family legacy of nine children, twenty-three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and growing. They leave behind their children: Jim Burke of Bath, John and Cindy Burke of Wyomissing, Pa., Mary-Beth and Michael McDonald of Lititz, Pa., Laurie and Stan Hironaka of Moraga, Calif., Peg and Steve Zimmer of Copley, Dan and Anne Burke of Spring, Texas, Bill and Julie Burke of Medina, Maureen and John Muldoon of Newbury Park, Calif., Bridget and Vince Beringer of Cranberry Twp, Pa.; as well as her siblings, Dave, Jim, Betty, Bob (deaceased), Bill, and Denny. Lauretta was lucky enough to spend her last birthday with all of her children.

Lauretta was born in Chicago on January 24, 1927 to David and Catherine Hearne. She was the oldest of seven children and attended Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wis. Lauretta met Jim during her college years and often told friends that she graduated college with honors and was married four days later on June 5, 1948, time was of the essence. During the years that she was not pregnant, Lauretta worked as a medical technologist at Children's Hospital and later at Barberton Citizen's Hospital. She also was the author of the yet to be published book "Cooking on High", a book she often threatened to write. Throughout her life, Lauretta focused on the four main things she found to be most important: her Catholic faith, family, Irish heritage, and cards. In addition to being an avid church-goer, she also expressed her faith through her decades of participation in Christ Child Society. As for cards, she will forever remain the queen of them, or jack if we're talking euchre. Any guests who stayed at the Burke residence often awoke to the sound of a shuffling deck in anticipation of a game of bridge, pinochle, euchre, or anything in between. She will be deeply missed. A match made in heaven, Jim and Lauretta were married for sixty-four years and now they can happily reside together.

Lauretta's calling hours will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Hummel Funeral Home, 500 E. Exchange St., Akron, from 4 to 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, February 11, at St. Hilary Church, 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. Interment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Archbishop Hoban High School, The Burke Family Scholarship Fund, 1 Holy Cross Blvd., Akron, OH 44306 or Christ Child Society of Akron, P.O. Box 13411, Akron, Ohio 44334-8811. Please visit to share a message of sympathy to her family. Please visit to share memories, condolences and view video tribute.
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  James F Burke (1925 - 2012)
Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
Medina County
Ohio, USA
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Record added: Feb 09, 2013
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