Marguerite Burke, 88
June 1, 1927 ó May 3, 2016
Marguerite Burke, age 88, of West Bend, formerly of Huron, S.D., passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, May 3, 2016, at the Cottages at Cedar Run Memory Care Assisted Living in West Bend. A memorial service, with burial at St. Martin Cemetery will be held at a later date. Visit www.welterfuneralhome.com.
Marguerite Ann Greenan was born on June 1, 1927, to John and Elizabeth (Johnson) Greenan in Yale, S.D. She was the youngest of seven children. She was always sharing stories of how she rode horses and even had a pet duck. She graduated from Cavour High School in 1946 and attended the Notre Dame Academy in Mitchell, S.D., graduating with a teacherís certificate. She taught school in the Cavour area until her marriage to James Robert Burke on May 26, 1953.
Jim and Marguerite traveled around the state of South Dakota in their trailer to Jimís construction jobs until 1956, when they bought their home in Huron. They raised four children in that home: Robert (Amelia) Burke of Sturgeon Bay, Candace (Mark) Burger of Cedarburg, Gregory (Britta) Burke of Fishers, Ind., and Jayne (Jeffrey) Babbe of Rapid City, S.D. Ours was a home full of activity, laughter and music.
Marguerite worked in the Huron Public School District from 1970 to 1999 in various roles, from lunch lady at Wilson Elementary to Title I aide at McKinley Elementary. She loved teaching children and she shared her love of learning with her nine grandchildren: Adrian Burke, Dominic Burke, Stephen Burger, Michael (Beth) Burger, Lauren Burger, Alexander Burke, Meghan Babbe, Zachary Babbe and Jake Babbe; and her only great-grandchild, Clyde Hernandez Babbe.
Jim and Marguerite were married for 46 years until Jimís death in 2000. She moved to Moraga, Calif., in 2004 at age 77, never losing her spirit for adventure. Then in 2013, she moved to Grafton to be near her children and grandchildren.
She will be remembered for her unwavering faith, love for her family, adventurous spirit, sassy attitude and love of walking. We are forever grateful for all the love, laughter and great stories we have to share.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and her six siblings: John, Leland, Joseph, Leon, Kathleen and Agnes