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Isabella Burke, 97

January 31, 2014

Isabella Burke, 97, currently of 1300 Circle Drive, Otterbein St. Marys, and formerly of 06523 Glynwood Road, St. Marys, died at her Otterbein residence on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014.

Isabella was born on Nov. 14, 1916, in Carthegena, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Buehler) Hartke.

 She married David T. Burke on Aug. 31, 1940, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Carthegena, and he preceded her in death on July 29, 1986.

 She is survived by five daughters, Ann Deiters of Minster; Barbara Parramore of West Carrollton; Carolyn (Terry) Fenstad of Amherst, Mass.; Elizabeth Caswell of Centerville; Florence (Larry) Smith of Kenner, La.; and Gertrude (Dennis) Bushman of New Bremen three sons, David Burke of Minster, Howard (Debbie) Burke of Union City, Tenn.; and Irvin Burke of St. Marys; 21 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, James; her daughter-in-law, Kim Burke; son-in-law, Frank Caswell; son-in-law, Herman Deiters, two grandchildren, Patrick Deiters and Angela Bushman and her siblings, Loretta Ferdelman, Marie Ankron, Edwin Hartke, Leo Hartke, Rev. Florian Hartke, Victor Hartke and Arthur Hartke.

 Isabella was a 1935 graduate of Coldwater High School.  She was a devoted mother and a hard-working domestic engineer.  She was a very active member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church especially with the floral arrangements for the altar.  She enjoyed playing bridge, gardening and going to Roughrider football games. She was very family oriented and proud of her entire extended family. She will be greatly missed by each of them.

 A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Glynwood, the Rev. David Vincent officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Thomas Cemetery in Glynwood.

 Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys. 

There will be a Rosary at 5:45 p.m.

 The family prefers that memorials be directed to the St. Thomas Cemetery fund.

 Condolences may be directed to the family via

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