Suzanne Burke

Suzanne “Sue” E. Burke

November 17, 1934 - February 10, 2018 Avondale, PA | Age 83 Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother

Suzanne “Sue” E. Burke , age 83, of Avondale, PA, died Saturday February 10, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was the wife of Raymond G. Burke, with whom she shared 60 wonderful years of marriage.

Born in Shamokin, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cecilia (Koveleski) Brown.

Suzanne enjoyed a long career working for the state government of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Lansdale and Coatesville. She helped manage the PA Unemployment office in both Lansdale and Coatesville, which gave her great joy in helping others.  As a proud parent to five sons and one daughter, Suzanne enjoyed being a den mother for her son’s Cub Scouts.  Raising her children was her ultimate pride and joy.

She was an accomplished classical pianist and enjoyed sharing her talent with family and friends. Suzanne was also an avid hiker, swimmer, skier, ice skater and reader.  The little spare time she did have, she spent doing cross word puzzles and sewing.  Sue donated to many charities, some of which were the native Indian children as well as St. Luke’s Children’s hospital just to name a few.  To this day, she still receives thank you cards from the Indian reservations.

Sue was a devout catholic. In her early years, she played the organ at church.  Later, she taught in the CCD program, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Clarks Summit, PA.  During her retirement years in Avondale, she was a faithful member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors include, in addition to her husband Ray, sons, Raymond J. Burke (Maura) of Avondale PA, David M. Burke (Renee) of Goodrich MI, Christopher J. Burke (Donna) of Rochester Hills MI, daughter, Suzanne M. Burke (John) of Chadds Ford PA and son Joseph N. Burke (Lisa) of Woodstock GA; two brothers, Bernie Brown (Joanna) of Dawsonville, GA and Casper Brown of Carlsbad, NM, along with many grandchildren.   She was predeceased by her son, George M. Burke in 1987 and brother, Marty Brown.

You are invited to visit with Suzanne’s family and friends from 9:00AM – 10:30AM, Thursday February 15, 2018 at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church 300 State Rd. West Grove, PA 19390. A Mass celebrating her life will follow at 11:00AM. Interment will be at Longwood Cemetery, Kennett Square, PA. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 399 Market St. Suite 102 Philadelphia, PA 19106 or to Willow Tree Hospice, 616 East Cypress Street, Kennett Square, PA  19348.  Arrangements are by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home (610-869-2685) of West Grove, PA.  To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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Alzheimer's Association

399 Market St.
Suite 102
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Willow Tree Hospice

616 East Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348



February 15, 2018 9 - 10:30AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390

Funeral Mass

February 15, 2018 11AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390

Graveside Service

February 15, 2018 12:15PM Longwood Cemetery
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Granny,
    You were the Naomi to my Ruth and I loved you so very much. I still do, and you showed me how to fight against injustice, how to support other minority groups and that I should not be ashamed of who I am. You always supported me in my writing, and taught me about the acceptance of self. Told me that I can do anything I wanted, and I did Granny. I’m writing now, and you and Granddad always, always supported that. You were one of my strongest role models and took me in when my parents needed a break. Taught me that my needs weren’t abnormal, they were just my needs, and one of the last lucid things you said to me was “You have a good heart, don’t forget that.” I was unable to make it to the funeral, but I’m here to tell you that I am living on my own now and with someone that makes me happy, and I won’t forget that. I won’t forget my good heart, and I hope one day to be as strong as you were to all of us. The Sound of Music won’t be the same without you, and I still go to zoos and gardens with awe and wonder in the same way you approached the beauty of this world.
    May I continue to make your memory a blessing.

    I love you so much,
    Your Sweetie

    Adina | March 3, 2018 at 2:36 PM
  2. Ray & Family and Lynn,
    May Sue rest in peace. I’ve thought a lot about Sue and her family these last few months. I just happened upon her obituary this evening. I was saddened to learn I had missed the service just today. I’m sure it was beautiful as Sue always was in my eyes. May you find comfort in your memories of her and may her legacy remain strong in all of our hearts.
    Tiffany Marron

    Tiffany Marron | February 16, 2018 at 1:00 AM
  3. To Ray, young Suzanne and sons: It is with great sorrow to hear of Sue’s passing. Her smile was endless and her spirit admirable over the years. Our family is missing a true angel, but she is in the graces of our God in heaven. Her life was fulfilling and her journey endless. May you all remain strong and cherish the love and fondest memories.

    Gina Koveleskie | February 14, 2018 at 10:48 PM
  4. Mr. Burke and family
    Please accept our deepest sympathies. We have many fond memories of Christmas and Graduations with you Mrs Burke Suzanne and John at Donna and Chris’s in Rochester Hills. Much respect for the love and care you bestowed on your wife and Mother. Mrs. Burke was loved by her family and all who knew her. We hold you in our hearts and prayers.
    Eric Holly Amy and Mark Sandford

    Holly Sandford | February 14, 2018 at 4:17 PM
  5. I would like to express my deep and heartfelt sympathy over the loss of Sue. She was a good, creative and kindhearted woman. Having spent many Christmases with Sue, I have many good memories of her. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Pat

    Pat W. Kendall | February 14, 2018 at 9:41 AM
  6. It was a blessing working for sue Burke ,Ray Burke you it was an honor getting to know your family Suzanne,Ray,joe as longest you guys stay strong and take care of your dad sunshine will be happy

    Alicia steele | February 14, 2018 at 8:13 AM
  7. It was a honor working for you beautiful lady my sunshine princess I thanks to you I got to know your whole family especially your hosp it was a honor working for you beautiful lady my sunshine princess I thanks to you I got to know your whole family Especially Ray Burk’s and the rest of your familyYou will be missed but I forgot you’re going to continue leaving as long as we keep you alive in our hearts

    Alicia steele | February 14, 2018 at 7:50 AM
  8. Ray and family
    O,ur heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Susan. She fought a courageous: battle with
    Her loving family at her side. It seems like only yesterday she was participating at
    Neighborhood functions.. Her warm smile and pleasant ways will be missed.
    The Philippines, Bob and mil.m

    Mil. Phillippe | February 13, 2018 at 8:21 PM
  9. I just remembered another amazing memory of Mrs. Burke. She told me how she dove into a body of water that had a waterfall to save her child. She had to keep diving in because the force of the waterfall kept submerging them. Mrs. Burke was one brave Mom who wouldn’t give up to save the life of her child.
    There is no better tribute to a mom’s love ❤️.
    Lesia Fodell

    Tom & Lesia Fodell | February 13, 2018 at 5:16 PM
  10. Dear Mr. Burke and Family,
    We have so many dear memories from the times we spent together during your trips to Michigan, especially Christmas with Chris and Donna. You were like our family.
    Mrs. Burke had the most heartwarming smile and such a good listener. She will always be remembered as a grand lady❤️
    All our love,
    Tom, Lesia, Patrick, Nick and Stephanie Fodell

    Tom & Lesia Fodell | February 13, 2018 at 2:09 PM
  11. Very sorry for your loss Dave. Keeping you and family in prayer.

    K. Lemons | February 13, 2018 at 8:48 AM
  12. Mr Burke, Ray and Maura
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife, mother. She will surely be missed but just remember she plays piano now with the angels and never misses a note!
    Randy and Lori Smith

    Smith | February 12, 2018 at 5:20 PM
  13. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. She was a wonderful woman and will be missed. God bless

    Karen Powell | February 12, 2018 at 4:33 PM
  14. We are thinking of your whole family. Love and prayers to you all. Steve and Alane

    Alane Inacker | February 12, 2018 at 3:33 PM
  15. My fondest memories of Suzanne were her infectious smile and her kindness towards myself and all the Cullen’s. Mom and Daddy loved their visits with Ray and Sue, and were ever so grateful to call them family! My deepest sympathy, Maura and Ray and May God Bless all the Burke family. Love Sheila #7

    Sheila kelly | February 12, 2018 at 1:49 PM
  16. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Burke family. Ray and Sue, thank you for sharing your cabin with my family and friends. Sue, you’re tenderness and love will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Sue…great mom and great family!

    Bob Shegda | February 12, 2018 at 10:01 AM
  17. It was such a blessing to get to know Sue. The love that Ray and Sue had with one another was one in a million. Such an inspiration to see. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    Michelle Jorgensen | February 12, 2018 at 7:08 AM
  18. Ray and Maura sending thoughts,prayers and love to you both and the family. God has taken his daughter home wher she can do all the things she loved to do. She will watch over you all from above. God rest her soul

    Kelly Boyle | February 11, 2018 at 10:32 PM

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