Donna L. Burke
Nov. 30, 1928 — Dec. 7, 2017
Donna L. Burke (nee Swartz) of Elm Grove passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at the age of 89. She was born in Fond du Lac, the daughter of Dr. Kenneth A. and Gladys Swartz.
Donna went to South Ward Grade School and Waupun High School, graduating with the Class of 1946. She also went to Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated with a BA in child development in 1951. Donna married the love of her life, William R. Burke, on January 10, 1951. She was a very social person and active in the Community United Methodist Church in Elm Grove, her high school alumni group, bridge group and has been a member of the Elm Grove Woman’s Club since 1960, serving as president from 1995-96. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
Donna will be sadly missed by her husband, William “Bill” of 67 years; children, William R. Burke Jr., Cynthia A (Steven) Gilligham, Brian K. Burke and Daniel E. Burke; grandchildren, Corey J. and Megan M. Burke, Gail L. and Carol A. Gillingham, and William A. and Natalie R. Burke; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A visitation for Donna will be held on Thursday, December 14, from 2:30 p.m. until the time of the 4 p.m. memorial service at the Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave., Brookfield, WI 53005.
Becker Ritter Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-782-5330 or visit online at www.beckerritter.com.