Betty K. Burke

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Betty K. Burke

NEWARK: Betty K. Burke, 95, of Newark, Ohio, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, in Newark, Ohio. She was born June 12, 1919, in Bucyrus, Ohio, a daughter of the late Walter James and Grace Pearl (Staley) Kerr.

She was a graduate of Mt. Zion High School in Bucyrus and received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The Ohio State University. Mrs. Burke retired from the Newark City School District where she was a teacher and librarian. From 1962-85, she taught at Kennedy Junior High School and from 1985-86 at Lincoln Junior High School.

Mrs. Burke held a life-long love of books and the English language. She cherished all creatures' great and small, taking time to appreciate flowers and song birds. Over the years, she had been a member of the Coterie Club in Newark and Monday Talks in Granville.

A devoted wife, mother and friend to all she is survived by her son Roger Michael Burke; her daughter Patricia Anne Burke Row; granddaughter Tara Row Davis and a great-grandchild Mason E. Davis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Roger K. Burke; a brother James Walter Kerr who had resided in Richardson, Texas; and a sister, Marilyn Virginia Kerr who had been a resident of Columbus.

Mrs. Burke will be laid to rest beside her husband in the Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville, Ohio.

The Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home in Newark is honored to serve the Burke family, to sign an online guest book, please visit

After a life time of the pursuit of knowledge and reading the works of many, her favorite quote was from "The House by the Side of the Road", by Sam W. Foss:

"…I turn not away from their smiles and their tears, both parts of an infinite plan—let me live in a house by the side of the road and be friend of man."


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Published in the Advocate on June 25, 2014
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