December 18, 2010 7:43 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. — Angela Jean Burke, 26, a former resident of the Capital District, died after being struck by a drunk driver while walking her bicycle in the bike lane on her way home from work on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
Born March 8, 1984, in Silver Springs, Md., she was the daughter of Michael J. Burke and Linda Santoro, and step-daughter of Athena Burke. She graduated from Berlin High School, class of 2002. She continued her education and graduated in 2009 from SUNY Albany with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
This past summer, Angie gathered all her courage and her adventurous spirit and moved to the west coast. She and a friend went on a well-planned cross-country trip with everything they owned packed into her VW Bug with Portland as the destination. They brought camping gear and visited many spots in the country including the Grand Canyon.
They arrived in Portland in August. Angie was working two jobs and planning to go to graduate school.
Angie was wise beyond her years, creative, a great friend with a brilliant sense of humor. She always rooted for the underdog. She had a strong sense of values and she thought deeply about social issues and the environment. She loved children and was an especially devoted sister.
Everyone who met her loved her; she had a gentle radiance.
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