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Joan (Phillips) Burke

April 26, 1935 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Joan Burke Obituary

Joan (Phillips) Burke, 88, wife of the late Edmund P. “Pete” Burke of Wenham, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 25, 2023, at the Herrick House in Beverly where she resided for the past several years.  Born in Utica, New York on April 26, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Richard K. and Evelyn G. (Greiner) Phillips.

Joan was raised and educated on Long Island, NY.  She attended Endicott College in Beverly where she met her future husband, Pete, on a wall by the ocean. Pete and Joan married in 1955 and started their family shortly thereafter in Hamilton.  Eventually, they would move to Wenham where they raised their 7 children. Joan and Pete loved traveling in their motorhome and boat together; she always cherished an adventure. Joan also enjoyed bicycling, gardening, and chocolate candy, but her greatest pleasure in life was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The Burke family would like to thank the Herrick House Staff for ensuring that the Herrick House felt like home to Joan for nearly 9 years. Joan was predeceased by, in addition to her husband Pete, her son Peter E. Burke and her brother Richard Phillips.

Joan is survived by her 6 children: Deborah Lorge and her husband Bruce of Beverly, James Burke and his wife Cindy of Beverly, Julie Fraser of Barrington, NH, Susan King and her husband Kenny of Bozeman, MT, Christopher Burke and his wife Kim of Derry, NH, and Tricia Santiago and her husband Chuck of Hudson, NH.  She is also survived by her 13 grandchildren: Lindsay Burke, Natalie Chick and her husband Alan, Hayley Lorge, Seana Gray and her husband Marcus, Samantha Woodbury and her husband Shawn, Thomas King, Heather King, Adam  Burke and his wife Natalie, Nicholas Burke, Allie McCoy and her husband Sam, Brian Santiago and his fiancée Emily Vadeboncoeur, Caitlyn Santiago, and Danielle Santiago.  Joan is also survived by her 4 great-grandchildren: Riley and Kayla Chick, Roman and Wesley Gray.  

Services will be held on Tuesday, December 5th at the Morris Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street, Ipswich, MA; relatives and friends are respectfully invited. An hour of visitation will be held at 10:00 AM, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM. The burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, 128 Pine Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Joan’s name to: the American Heart Association of Massachusetts, 93 Worcester Street, Wellesley, MA  02481. To send a letter of condolence to the Burke family please go to:



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An hour of visitation
December 5, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Morris Funeral Home
45 North Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

Funeral Service
December 5, 2023

11:00 AM
Morris Funeral Home
45 North Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

Burial will follow in the

Pleasant Grove Cemetery
128 Pine Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944


American Heart Association of Massachusetts
93 Worcester Street, Wellesley MA 02481


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