Grace Burke

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Grace Burke (Ficken)

passed away August 28th at the age of 98. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 yrs, James Francis Burke. She was the loving mother of Ronald (Gloria), grandmother of Kenneth (Vanessa) and Veronica Hull, and great grandmother of AJ, John Francis, and Alexandra Hull. She leaves behind many other family members and friends. Of course most of her friends preceded her in death including her companion of 20 years, Robert Ham.


Grace and her four siblings were born and raised in SF and attended Galileo. She was a bookkeeper at Marys Help Hospital in the 1950s and a business mgr. at B&H Motors for 25 yrs. After retiring she volunteered at Laguna Honda for more than 20 yrs. In 2011 she left her SF home for an assisted living apt. at Villa Siena in Mtn View, where she received wonderful care and attention.


A memorial mass will be held at Villa Siena on Wed., 11 Sept. at 9:30. A second mass will be held at St Brendans on Mon., 16 Sept. at 9:30. She was interred in a private ceremony at Gate of Heaven next to her husband James on Wed., Sept. 4th.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 8, 2013
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