Eileen C. (Connolly)  Burke
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Lawrence - Eileen C. (Connolly) Burke, age 89, a long-time resident of Lawrence, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, with her loving family at her side. She was the wife of the late John F. Burke with whom she shared 48 wonderful years of marriage.
Born, raised, and educated in Lawrence, Eileen was the daughter of the late Edward and Cecilia (Sullivan) Connolly. Following graduation from St. Patrick High School, she went on to graduate from the Burdett Secretarial School in Boston. She then began working at Lawrence City Hall where she met and eventually married the love of her life, John. The two were so happy together, settled in Lawrence, and started their family. Unfortunately, John was taken far too soon, only 48 years into their marriage. Eileen remained focused on her family, as family was what mattered most to her. Always there for her six children, Eileen loved to make sure they were happy and that their home was inviting to family and friends. She most enjoyed days when the family were at home, especially during the holidays. But, by far, their summer home in Salisbury, was the most cherished place to go as a family, enjoying the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and most importantly, the family and friends that were ever present. Her grandchildren and later great-grandchildren meant the world to her and she was so proud of them. Eileen was also a member of the Ladies Sodality at St. Patrick Parish.
She was predeceased by her siblings, Dan, Edward "Bud", Joseph, and Margaret "Peg" Connolly.
Eileen is survived by her six children, Cecilia K. Blais, Myles E. Burke and his wife, Patricia, Eileen M. Burke and her husband, James Barbagallo, Thomas J. Burke and his wife, Ruthie, John F. Burke, Jr., and his wife, Robin, and Edward P. Burke and his fiancée, Jen. In addition, she leaves behind her adored 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend calling hours from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2019, at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Parish, 118 South Broadway in Lawrence. Burial will follow in St. Mary-Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence. Donations in Eileen's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Published on November 14, 2019


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Brian Durkin
Nov 16, 2019
My sincere condolences go out for the Burke family. Your mom (and dad) did a wonderful job in raising such a great family. Quite a legacy and a legacy of faith. May she rest in peace.
Mark Rivet
Nov 14, 2019
CC, Tom and rest of family.
Sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
Cherish the memories.
Marian R. Ead
Nov 14, 2019
Hello CeCe,
My condolences in the loss of your dear Mother.
Stephanie McMillan
Nov 14, 2019
My condolences to Myles and the rest of the Burke family. I only have good memories of Nana Burke. She was always welcoming and kind to me. The best memories I have of her were at the beach house... after cooking an amazing meal for us all we always looked forward to those Peanut Butter Bars! Now they are my kids favorite:) Although it’s a very sad moment dealing with her loss, we have the hope for a better future. Revelation 21:4 💙
Grace Saffie
Nov 14, 2019
Cee Cee I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I have wonderful and warm memories at your home. My condolences to you and your family. I am truly sorry I cannot attend your services. May she Rest In Peace with your dad now. Prayers to you and your family.