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John Joseph Burke

February 13, 1941 — April 22, 2022

Union Pier

John Joseph Burke

John Joseph Burke, 81, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2022. John was born on February 13, 1941 in Teutopolis, IL, the eldest child of John and Cecelia (Hoban) Burke. He was pre-deceased by his parents, sister Brigid, and his brother Edmund.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 AM Saturday, June 11, 2022 at St. Mary of the Lake Church, 718 W. Buffalo St., New Buffalo.  Online condolences accepted at

John attended St. Eulalia Elementary school (Maywood), Fenwick High School, and Northern Illinois University.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Diane (Supej), of 56 years and his four children: Brigid (Joe) Gilmore, Helen Burke, Deirdre Burke (Tom Joseph), John (Kim) Burke and eight much-loved grandchildren: Burke, Max, and Wolf Moser, Devin and Laney Gilmore, Maggie, Brogan, and Molly Burke.

John is also survived by his loving siblings Mary (Jay) Tonne, Elizabeth Ray, William (Cindy) Burke, Cecelia Burke, sister-in-law Karen Beard, and countless cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

His love for his wife and grandchildren was only slightly surpassed by his love for the Chicago White Sox, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Fenwick Friars. A devoted, proud supporter of his grandkids' sporting events, dance competitions, and board game marathons, his true joy over the last 53 years was spending time with his family and friends at his beach escape in Union Pier, Michigan.

John never missed a chance to enjoy and celebrate life with the ones he loved. In lieu of donations, the family requests you take a moment at your next sunset to sing along with the Eagles and take it easy.

Arrangements entrusted to Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman.

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