Eleanor M. Burke of Oswego, New York passed away October 11, 2009. She was born in Scriba, New York to the late Thomas and Dorothy (nee Dewey) Kelley. Eleanor was a graduate of Oswego High School and Rochester Business Institute. She married the late Robert W. Burke, also of Oswego, in 1946.
Following their marriage, Eleanor and Bob moved to Long Island and eventually New Providence, New Jersey, where they raised their children. Eleanor was an active member of Our Lady of Peace Church for which she was a devoted fundraiser hosting Christmas card and jewelry sales as well as card parties. She was also involved in Overlook Hospital’s TWIGS. In 1972 the family moved to Washington, Indiana, where Eleanor was a loyal and active member of The Monday Club. Following her husband’s death in 2000, Eleanor relocated back to Oswego.
Eleanor took pride in being a native of Scriba, New York, and was a proud graduate of Scriba District # 10’s one room school house. She also often shared warm memories of having lived in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and St. Louis as her father’s business took her family around the country in the years leading up to The Great Depression. Eleanor was an engaging conversationalist, a great lover of words (she delighted in working the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle) and literature, and was well known among her friends and family as a voracious reader. A striking brunette, Eleanor had an eye and flair for fashion marked by a predilection for large bangle earrings and bracelets. Her life was filled with many wonderful friends. Above all she was devoted to her family, and loved telling anyone who would listen all about her three boys and their wonderful families.
Eleanor is survived by her three sons and their wives: Peter and Markie Burke of Bernardsville, New Jersey; Jonathan and Judy Burke of Medford, New Jersey; and, Thomas M. Burke and Nancy R. Mogab of St. Louis, Missouri; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held 10a.m. Monday, October 19, 2009 at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Burial will be in St. PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Operation Smile or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com