Barton Burke, 65, of Rutland, died Thursday evening, October 4, 2012, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center, following a courageous battle with cancer, while his family was by his side.
Bart was born on March 7, 1947, and was raised by a loving, foster family who loved him as their own.
He worked for the Killington Resort in the maintenance department for many years, and then in the maintenance department at Castleton State College. He volunteered as a church family camp counselor for 14 years. He enjoyed entertaining children and adults alike with his puppet ministry and his great sense of humor.
Bart is survived by his wife, Josephine M. (Brown) Burke, and his children: Sandra Loseby and her husband Mark and their two children, Dylan Burke and Joshua Loseby; Jeff Burke and his fiancée Tammy Congleton and their son Tristan Congleton; Brenda Burke and her companion Alfred Bissette; and Casey Burke and his wife Melissa (Pettit) Burke. He is also survived by his foster siblings, Mildred Harrington, Eugene Corey and Wilma Corey; several cousins, nieces and nephews; as well as his wife's family, sisters-in-law Rose Grandchamp, Charlotte Wallace, Elizabeth Brown, and brother-in-law Paul Brown.
He was predeceased by his foster mother, Adele Corey; as well as his wife's parents, Walter and Hazel Brown; and several brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, from 4 p.m. until the time of the service at 5 p.m. at the Aldous Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Barton Burke Memorial Fund, C/O Josephine Burke, 209 Mussey St., Lot 12, Rutland, VT 05701.