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Visitation
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home
4800 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ
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Vigil
Monday, Jan. 14, 2019
7:00 PM
Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home
4800 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ
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Funeral Mass
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
10:30 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
4510 N. 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ
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Julia Burke

Phoenix - Julia Margaret Purcell Burke (July 28, 1940 - January 1, 2019) was born into a loving Irish Catholic family in Reading, PA, to John and Katherine Purcell. Early in her career as an accountant, she worked in Philadelphia for the GE Space Science Laboratory, and later, after moving to Phoenix in 1971, for Motorola's semi-conductor group. The capstone of her career at Motorola was traveling around the world training accounting groups in preparation for Y2K.

Julie was a life-long devout Catholic, participating as a member in a variety of religious communities. As a young woman in Philadelphia, she was engaged in apostolic work with the Legion of Mary. After moving to her beloved "big sky" Arizona, she was baptized in the Holy Spirit and became a member of the City of the Lord Catholic Charismatic Community in Tempe, where she treasured sharing everyday life with brothers and sisters in Christ. In later years, she joined the Women's Sodality at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Phoenix.

She will be best remembered for her selfless love, especially for the beautiful way she raised her only daughter, Beth, and for her devotion to her husband of 20 years, Miles Burke, who will miss her greatly. She is survived by her husband, Miles, Miles' children Jim (Sue) Burke (Phoenix, AZ), Maria Robert (Glendale, AZ) and Joe Burke (Phoenix, AZ); her daughter Beth Purcell Kabele (Portand, OR), her son-in-law Daniel Kabele and her 5 grandsons, Peter, Stephen, Luke, James, and Benjamin Kabele, whom she loved so dearly.

A visitation will be on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm with a Vigil service held at 7:00 p.m. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4510 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. Interment will follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 6, 2019
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