OBITUARY: Sister Stella Marie Burke
HOLYOKE – Sister of St. Joseph Stella Marie Burke (formerly Sister Saint Gregory), 102, member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield for 77 years, died on March 8 at Mont Marie Health Care Center, Holyoke.
Born in Laconia, N.H., she was the daughter of Joseph and Roseanna (Auger) Burke. She 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. She graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Novitiate High School in Rutland, Vt. She earned her bachelor of science degree at Nazareth College, Rochester, N.Y.
Among her 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 Mt. St. Joseph, Rutland; Brandon Training School and College of St. Joseph the Provider, where she served on the library staff.
In her retirement, she resided at Mount St. Joseph, Rutland and then Mont Marie, Holyoke.
In addition to her sisters in community, she is survived by her niece, Janet Rogers, of Bennington. She was predeceased by her sister, Sister 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 Rd., Holyoke, on Tuesday, March 11 from 2-4:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 3. Her funeral Mass will follow at 5 p.m., and burial will take place in the spring at Calvary Cemetery in Rutland, Vt.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.