Lorrinea Fern Burke

Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Former Seward resident Lorrinea Fern Burke died Thursday, June 18, 2009 in The Dalles, Ore. She was 91.

Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sandy, Ore.

Ms. Burke was born August 8, 1917 to Dell and Mary Jadwin in Bull Run, Ore. She married Harry Edwin Burke on Aug. 8, 1938 in Gresham, Ore. She worked at a cosmetology school and as a teacher's aide.

Ms. Burke spent many years in Alaska, primarily in Seward, where she first arrived by steamship.

"She was tough as nails, and related how everyone was sea-sick but her and she was the only one eating in the dining hall on board one evening," her family wrote.

Ms. Burke and her husband enjoyed their airplanes, boats, hunting and fishing trips, and she was known for her great gardens. She planted the long line of birch trees that line Marathon Drive in the Clearview Subdivision in Seward. She and her family survived the 1964 earthquake in Seward and took many fond memories of friends and Alaska to Oregon, where she lived the rest of her life after 38 years in Alaska.

Ms. Burke was active in quilting and other charities related to her church.

"She loved teaching and helping young children, and many of them remember her as being 'like a mother' to them, even today," he family wrote.

Ms. Burke was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sister, Blanch Burke.

She is survived by her son, Paul Burke and his wife, Sally, of Wamic, Ore.; daughter, Jeanne Hayes and her husband, Jack, of Kenai; grandchildren, Jeremy Hayes and his wife, Kristin, of Valdez, Jesse Hayes and his wife, Sasha, of Anchorage, Jodena Hayes of Denver, and Jian GuoXiaoLei Hayes of Kenai; and great-grandchildren Sienna, Aislinn, and Xander Hayes, all of Valdez.

Memorials may be sent to 1111 Fox Ave., Kenai, Alaska 99611.

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