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Joan Marie (Garrity) Burke passed away peacefully on September 14, 2013 at the Cincinnati Hospice Center, Blue Ash, OH. Joan was the beloved wife of Thomas A. Burke and loving mother of Sarah B. (Paul) Rogozinski and Kelly A. (John Clifford) Burke. She was the proud and loving grandmother of Erin, Caitlin, and Kevin Rogozinski as well as Sean and Liam Burke Clifford. She was also the dear sister of Ann (Garrity) Maher, and brothers Thomas and Edward Garrity, and sister-in-law of Maureen (Burke) Rowland and fond aunt of many nephews and nieces. Born in New York City, she earned her BA Degree in Elementary Education from Marymount Manhattan College (NYC) and taught school in New York City, Warwick, RI, and Arlington Heights, IL. Joan was a former Board Member of the Cincinnati Special Olympics, an active member and past president of Northeast Welcomers (N.E.W.), the Blue Ash YMCA, and Good Shepherd Church where she served as a Eucharist Minister. She was a most personable and caring individual, an enthusiastic golfer as well as having possessed a love for reading and water aerobics. Family and friends are welcome for visitation at the Gilligan Funeral Home, 8225 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH on Wednesday, September 18 between the hours of 5pm to 8pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Good Shepherd Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19 at 12:00 Noon. Internment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery immediately follows the Mass. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to Hospice Of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263 or Hamilton County Special Olympics, 4790 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 206, Cincinnati, OH 45227. Condolences may be expressed at: GilliganFuneralHomes.com
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sept. 16, 2013