Eileen M. Burke, age 55 of Milford, Nebraska, and formerly of Coleridge, Nebraska, died on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at the Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva, Nebraska.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Coleridge, Nebraska with the Rev. David Liewer officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will be at the St. Michael's cemetery in Coleridge. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.
Eileen was born at Osmond General Hospital and raised on a farm near Coleridge, NE. She attended Coleridge Community Schools, Hartington Cedar Catholic High School and earned her GED from Wayne State College, May 20, 1982. She also attended Yankton College, in Yankton, SD.
Eileen was known for her academic gifts, her musical ability and her strong work ethic. She participated in band and the school choir. Eileen enjoyed the peace and beauty of her parents' farm near Coleridge. On the farm, she helped with milking the dairy herd, feeding livestock, gathering eggs, working in the fields. Eileen helped raise her five younger siblings. At age 14, Eileen was affected by severe mental illness. She was disabled for the rest of her life, and the treatment of schizophrenia also severely impacted her physical health.
Eileen lived in Yankton, SD, and attended Yankton College. She was a member of the choir and went on choir tour. She later lived in Norfolk, NE and Lincoln, NE. Most recently, she lived at Crestview Manor in Milford, NE.
Eileen enjoyed crafts and being around people. She had an abiding sense of style and loved coordinating beautiful ensembles. She was very proud of her Irish heritage.
It is her families deepest hope that difficulties of Eileen's life and the grace with which she bore them will show others how to be kind to others with mental illness. Her vision of the world was full of love.
A lifelong Catholic, Eileen had a strong faith, and looked forward to the beauty and happiness of heaven, being reunited with loved ones, being restored to full health, and being in communion with the author of all life, her heavenly Father.
Eileen is survived by seven brothers and sisters: Martin Burke of Salina, KS; John Burke, Jr., of Menominee, NE; Gerry Burke (Mary) of Omaha, NE; Mary Guthrie (Clair) of Lincoln, NE; James Burke (Trisha) of Omaha, NE; Angie Benal of Lincoln, NE; Joseph Burke of Lincoln, NE. Eileen also had 12 nieces and nephews, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rosemary (O'Connor) Burke of Coleridge.
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My condolences to Eileen's family. To my friend Mary Guthrie, prayers for comfort and peace in the loss of your beloved sister.
Mary A. Anderson
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Losing a family member is one of the most difficult things we face but yet knowing they are in a better place, is very comforting too. I remember growing up that she always had a smile on her face.
God bless always.
Lisa (Dennis) Abler
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