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Sr. Ann Francis Burke

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Sr. Ann Francis Burke, SSJ 1913 - 2010 HOLYOKE, MA - Sr. Ann Francis Burke, (Anne Marie), 97, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, Mass., in her seventy-third year, died on Sunday, September 12th at Mont Marie Health Care Center, in Holyoke. Born in Wells River, Vt., she was the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Auger) Burke. Sister entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Vermont in 1937 from St. Francis de Sales Parish, Bennington, Vt.. She became a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two communities merged. Sister received her early education at Mt. St. Joseph, Malone, N.Y. and was graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Academy, Rutland, Vt. She earned her B.S. degree at Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y. Among Sister's teaching assignments were St. Peter's School and Christ the King School, Rutland, Vt., St. Michael's School, Brattleboro, Vt., Sacred Heart School, St. Francis de Sales School, Bennington Catholic High School, Bennington, Vt. and St. Anthony School in White River Junction, Vt. Sister also was on the staff of the College of St. Joseph the Provider, Rutland, in the library. In 1995, she retired to St. Joseph Residence, Rutland and in 2010, she moved to Mont Marie Health Care Center. She is survived by her sister, Sr. Stella Burke, her sisters in community and a niece. FUNERAL NOTICE: The wake will take place at Mont Marie, Holyoke, on Tuesday, September 14th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. There will be a wake on Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Chapel, 130 Convent Ave., Rutland, Vt. The Funeral will be on Wednesday, September 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel with burial to follow in Calvary Cemetery in Rutland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Rd. Holyoke, MA 01040-2739. Arrangements are entrusted to the Sampson Funeral Home in Springfield and the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland, VT.

Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 14, 2010
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