Burke, Ruth A.
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Ruth Adele (Van Houten) Burke, age 93 of Nunnawauk Meadows, Newtown died July 8, 2014 at River Glen Health Care Center, Southbury. Mrs. Burke was the wife of the late Benjamin J. Burke. She was born in Bethel on January 23, 1921 a daughter of the late Rudolph and Charlotte (Morrison) Van Houten. Ruth was a longtime resident of Danbury where she owned and operated Fancy Fair Cake kitchen. She also managed the kitchens at Hayestown and Beaver Brook Schools and was a cook for the St. Rose of Lima Convent in Newtown. She was a resident of Nunnawauk Meadows for the past 19 years and was a member of the Danbury Senior center.Mrs. Burke is survived by her daughter, Susan R. Brandolin and her husband Ray of Wake Forest, NC; a son, John J. Burke and his wife Linda of Brookfield; grandson Jeffrey J. McKay and wife Kelly of Swedesboro, NJ (Susan's son), granddaughter Melissa A. Burke of Brookfield (John and Linda's daughter); a foster son, Robert L. Coombs of Wichita, KS ; great grandchildren, Amanda White, Allan White, and Kyle White of NC and Sophia, Savannah, and Chloe McKay of Swedesboro, NJ; 2 great-great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Walter Van Houten of Albuquerque, NM, Alexander Van Houten of San Diego, CA and Richard Van Houten of Bethel; several nieces and nephews; her cat and beloved companion, Sophie. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Brenda S. White; 3 brothers, Herbert, Charles and Rudolph Van Houten; and by sisters, Josephine Romaine, Caroline Lockwood, Charlotte Brown and Rosalie Cranston. Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours. Honan Funeral Home 58 Main St. Newtown is serving the family.
Honan Funeral Home
58 Main Street Newtown, CT 06470
Published in News Times on July 10, 2014