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Lillie Katherine Henkel Burk
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Birth: Jan. 28, 1896
Cheyenne County
Kansas, USA
Death: Oct. 14, 1984
Rawlins County
Kansas, USA


Services for Lillie K. Burk, 88, who died Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood, were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bird City. Pastor Earl Martell and Pastor Larry May officiated with burial in the Grace Cemetery in McDonald.

A memorial has been established in her name and may be left at Williams Funeral Home in Atwood.

Survivors include her husband, William F. Burk, Benita Sramek Beesley of Quinter and Verna Poore of McDonald.

The Citizen Patriot
Atwood, Kansas
Published October 18, 1984, Page 1


Lillie Katherine (Henkel) Burk was born Jan. 28, 1896 to John L. and Anna Henkel Burk at their Cheyenne County home.

As an infant she was baptized and later confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Benkelman, Neb. She remained true to her faith by being an active and dedicated member throughout her life.

Lillie attended grade school in Cheyenne County, where she was an astute student and especially enjoyed spelling and math. She obtained the level of ninth grade.

As a young child she enjoyed herding cattle and helping in the hay fields where she learned to love the outdoors and joys of nurturing life and growth. She continued in this way of life through out her entire life and was always feeling the need to help those in trouble or despair by lending a helping hand or sharing her great wealth of love and understanding.

She was united in marriage to William F. Burk Nov. 17, 1920. From this time forward she and Will made their home on their farm north of McDonald, Kan., where they raised their family and cared for many a niece and nephew with open hearts. To this union four children were born, Ellen, Bernita, William Paul and Verna. She enjoyed raising her family, gardening and cultivating beautiful flowers.

Lillie's was one of the first rural homes in the country to be beautified by lush green blue grass and a multitude of flowers. She was always ready to share her knowledge of plants as well as the plants themselves with neighbors and friends. She received first prize many times at the flower shows, with her dahlias and others. Her flowers were one of her pride and joy and it was her pleasure to escort everyone through her garden to enjoy it with her.

Lillie always prepared bountiful meals and many neighbors and friends were asked to partake of them after she had given thanks.

She gave board and room to many a harvest crew as Will threshed for many years for neighbors. She was always a true and loving companion and always willing to be of service when called.

Her faith in God was strengthened by the grief she endoured from the loss of their only son. Their daughter-in-law remained with them several years before moving to Goodland to care for her parents.

Later in life Lillie and Will enjoyed the pleasure of fishing together. They taught their grandchildren the joys of camping and taking time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them. Some of her greatest pleasures were when she could help or work with family or share with them some of the fruits of her labor.

Children were always a great concern of hers as she provided canned goods and clothing to the Martin Luther Home and to World Relief and the starving people of Africa. For many years she was a member of Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid Association and held several offices during that time.

Lillie entered into eternal rest Oct. 14, 1984 at the Good Samaritan Center in Atwood, Kan., at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 16 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter Eileen; son Billy; sisters Lizzie Lowe, Lena Deyle, Emma (Dorsch) Zwerygardt; and brothers John and Henry.

Lillie leaves to mourn her passing her husband Will, daughters Bernita (Sramek) Beesley and her husband Ray of Quinter, Verna and her husband Jack Poore of McDonald, daughter-in-law Viola Burk of Goodland, sister Anna Miller of Brookings, Ore., six grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1984 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, in Bird City, with Pastors Earl Martell and Larry May officiating.

Casket bearers were her grandsons; Charlie Poore, Jim Poore, Curby Poore, Mike Sramek, Everett Miller and great-grandson Mark Schreiner.

Honorary casket bearers were; Ross Wingfield, Chris Anderson, August Schrader, James Domsch, Bill Damrow, Gene Moser, Royce Smith and C. K. Fisher.

Vocalists were; Hal and Becky Antholz. Organist; Mrs. Phyllis Wingfield. Final resting place was in Grace Cemetery at McDonald.

Safely Home
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illuminated
Every dark and fearful glade.

And he came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you deeply still;
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand,
Do it now, while remaineth--
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting
Oh, the joy to see you come!

The family of Lillie Burk wish to thank our many relatives and friends for their many expressions of kindness, food, flowers and memorial. The Good Samaritan Home for their love and wonderful care. The ladies of McDonald community, St. John Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran for the delicious dinner they provided after the funeral service.

We thank each and everyone of you for all the expressions of sympathy, kind deeds and love extended to us.--Wm. F. Burk, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Beesley and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Poore and family and Mrs. Viola Burk.


Family links: 
  William Frank Burk (1894 - 1988)
  Eileen Margarite Burk (1921 - 1921)*
  William Paul Burk (1925 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Grace Cemetery
Rawlins County
Kansas, USA
Plot: 2, Lot 2
Created by: Marilyn Birkby
Record added: Oct 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77637964
Lillie Katherine <i>Henkel</i> Burk
Added by: Marilyn Birkby
Lillie Katherine <i>Henkel</i> Burk
Added by: Marilyn Birkby
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In loving memory of my cousin Lillie // rest in peace //
- Anonymous
 Added: Feb. 27, 2012

- Marilyn Birkby
 Added: Oct. 12, 2011

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