• Sr. Stella M. Burke, SSJ
    March 10,2014
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    Sr. Stella M. Burke, SSJ

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Sister Stella Marie Burke (Sister St. Gregory), 102, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield for 77 years, died on March 8, 2014, at Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke, Mass.

    Born in Laconia, N.H., she was the daughter of Joseph and Roseanna (Auger) Burke.

    Sister Stella entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Vermont in 1937 from Sacred Heart Parish, Bennington, Vt. She became a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield in 2001 when the two Communities merged. Sister was graduated from Mount St. Joseph Novitiate High School in Rutland, Vt. She earned her B.S. degree at Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.

    Among Sister Stella’s teaching assignments in Vermont were St. Francis de Sales, Bennington; St. Charles, Bellows Falls; St. Michael’s, Brattleboro; St. Mary’s, Fair Haven; St. Peter’s and Mount St. Joseph, Rutland; Brandon Training School, Brandon; and College of St. Joseph the Provider, Rutland, where she served on the library staff. In her retirement, she resided at Mount St. Joseph, Rutland, and then Mont Marie, Holyoke, Mass.

    In addition to her Sisters in Community, she is survived by her niece, Janet Rogers of Bennington, Vt. She was predeceased by her sister, Sr. Ann Francis Burke, and by her brothers, Joseph Lionel Burke and Joseph G. “Jim” Burke.

    The wake will take place at Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, Mass., on Tuesday, March 11, from 2:00 until 4:30 p.m. with a prayer service at 3:00. Her funeral Mass will follow at 5:00 p.m., and burial will take place in the spring in Calvary Cemetery in Rutland, Vt.

    Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.

    Arrangements entrusted to Sampson Family Chapels.
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