J. Larry Burke


Dec. 10, 1927 - Jan. 20, 2013


J. Larry Burke of Waukesha passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice surrounded by his loving family Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the age of 85. He was born Dec. 10, 1927, in Milwaukee, the son of Edwin J. Burke Sr. and Rose Mary (nee Werner) Burke.


Larry was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He worked at Vince Schneider Crane Service and retired from Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental after many years of service. Larry had been a 35-year member of Operating Engineers Local 139. Most of all, he was an avid motor home traveler and golfer, and enjoyed crosswords, playing cards and boating.


Larry will be sadly missed by his wife, Arlene (nee Konrath); children, Timothy M. (Maureen) Burke, Kevin J. (Sydney M. Tungate-Burke) Burke, Mary Margaret (Michael) Ryan, Patrick J. Burke, William E. Burke, Robert E. Burke, Ann M. (Chris) Grounds and Daniel S. Burke; grandchildren, Margaret “Meggie” Ryan, Philip Burke, Rachel (Philip) Bidwell, Talia Burke, Lauren Burke, Kenneth Burke, Angelia Burke, Kevyn Rae Burke, Caitlin Ryan, Kelly Grounds, Peggy Grounds and Mikayla Topp; step-grandchildren, Dennis (Paula) Ryan and Tom (Tricia) Ryan; and five great-grandchildren. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Margaret Louise “Peggy” (nee Howie); his brother, Edwin John (Jean) Burke Jr.; and two grandchildren, Jacklyn Burke and Lawrence Burke.


The visitation for Larry will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Jan.  24, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Curt Frederick will be officiating. Entombment will immediately follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, with military honors. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Larry’s name are appreciated to St. William Catholic Church (address above); Knights of Columbus, 1800 S. 92nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53214; or to a charity of your choice.

A special thank-you for the care and compassion the staff at Seasons Hospice gave to Larry and his family.


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.