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773 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-893-6260
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Susan Burke

Susan F. Burke (Spirio)

Sunday, July 14th, 1929 - Saturday, February 6th, 2021
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Susan F. Burke
July 14, 1929 – February 6, 2021

Susan F. (Spirio) Burke, of Waltham, died peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2021, in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving husband and their children after a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

Born in Watertown on July 14, 1929, “Sue” was the daughter of Carmelo and Vincenza (Gaziano) Spirio. She was raised in Waltham and attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and St. Mary’s High School, class of 1947. Sue met her future husband, John E. Burke, around that time while each of them lived on different ends of Alder St. in Waltham’s south side neighborhood. They married on July 2, 1949 and remained in Waltham where they raised their eight children.

In the early years of their marriage, Sue worked nights in the bookkeeping department at Raytheon where she made some lifelong friends. She was a homemaker while their children attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and St. Mary’s High School. After getting the youngest children settled into school, Sue began working at First National Stores in both Watertown and Brighton. Later, Sue held various office and bookkeeping positions, her favorite being at Waltham Federal Savings Bank from where she retired in the mid-90s.

In her retirement she and her husband, John, spent their summers at their cherished home in South Yarmouth, Cape Cod. Regular activities which brought them much joy included cribbage on the deck, watching the Red Sox, Scrabble with her local girlfriends, visits with friends and neighbors, and four o’clock mass on Saturday afternoon followed by dinner at one of their many favorite Cape Cod restaurants. An avid Scrabble player, Sue also became very adept at playing Words With Friends.

In addition to her parents, Sue was predeceased by her sister Emily Sinerate of Waltham, and her brother Salvatore Spirio of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

Sue is survived by her loving husband, John, their eight children John Burke and his partner Rick Arnaud of Hudson, Mary Callahan and her husband Joe of Billerica, Tom Burke and his wife Janice of Waltham, Susan Burke of Norwood, Jayne Marzano of Waltham, Michael Burke and his husband Neil Gannon-Burke of Waltham, Ted Burke and his wife Bonnie of Napa, CA, and David Burke of Attleboro; fourteen grandchildren, Billy Huber, Stephanie Cadenhead, Jaime McManus, Tommy Marzano, Jeff Marzano, Tommy Burke, Kevin Burke, Shawn Burke, Michelle Keniston, Christopher Burke, Allison Burke, Debbie Callahan, Susan Doherty, and Joseph Callahan; sixteen great grandchildren; and her loving sister Ann (Honey) Barnard of Milford, NH.

For the safety of those we love and care about during this difficult time, and for those who wish to pay their respects to Sue and her family can do so in accordance with CDC, Federal, State and Local guidelines in the Brasco & Sons Memorial Funeral Home, 773 Moody Street, Waltham, MA., on Thursday Feb. 11th from 4 - 7 p.m.

Following the Archdiocese of Boston guidelines, family & friends are welcome to gather and celebrate Susan's life and remember the love she shared with those she touched at a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. Her burial will follow at Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham.

For those who can not be present you may view the service live streamed by going to harborviewvideo.com/brasco beginning on Friday at 9:45 a.m.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 11th, 2021 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Brasco & Sons Memorial Chapel Waltham
    Address
    773 Moody St.
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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  • Service

    Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, February 12th, 2021 10:00am
    Location
    Sacred Heart Church Waltham
    Address
    311 River Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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    Officiant
    Reverend Dennis Wheatley OFM
  • Interment

    Friday, February 12th, 2021 |
    When
    Friday, February 12th, 2021
    Location
    Mount Feake Cemetery
    Address
    203 Prospect Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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Patty Bertrand

Posted at 09:53pm
Sue, May you rest in eternal Peace. i enjoyed working with you at the Federal Savings Bank until your retirement.
Prayers for your family at this time. i will sure and let the gang know at the Bank. I still keep in touch with some of them.

Patty Famosi Bertrand
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Donna David

Posted at 02:30pm
Susan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mothers are very special people
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Sincerely
Donna David

Deanna Arseneau

Posted at 08:24pm
My deepest sympathy to the Burke family,my thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Deanna ( Cormier) Arseneau
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Dawn Felicani

Posted at 02:42pm
With heartfelt condolences, Michael and Neil. Thinking of you and your family.
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Posted at 09:33pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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