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Joan Burk

Joan Burk

Joan Burk, age 86, of New Athens, IL, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday evening, March 5, 2023. She was born on February 14, 1937, to Harry and Anna Toleta Bradley in Murphysboro, IL.

She met the love of her life on May 28, 1955, in New Athens. The Lord blessed James and Joan with 68 beautiful years of marriage and six children:  Bruce, Elaine, Mark, Sheila, Kathy, and Jane.

Joan loved to garden and planted many flowers throughout the years in her beautiful backyard.  She enjoyed playing games on her IPAD and reading books. One of her favorite prayer books was God’s Word for Growing in Prayer.  She also loved to travel.  Her adventures included France, Germany, Hawaii, and all of the US States.  The last several years she enjoyed being a Snowbird in Destin, FL for the winter.  She was blessed in February 2023 to be able to watch the beautiful sunsets and listen to the ocean for one last time.

Joan was a loving and caring Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.  She loved God and together with her husband Jim ensured their children all knew God.  She took joy in playing and talking with the Grandchildren and the Great Grandchildren whom she adored and loved very much.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Anna Toleta Bradley, Granddaughter Elysia Badgett, Son-In-Law Bob Miller, sisters Mary Lou Stafey, Doris Schneider, Phyllis Jean Bradley, and brothers Clarence, William, Milford, Harry, and Joe (Joan’s Twin) Bradley.

She is survived by her husband James Burk and their six children:  Bruce (Dr Ellen Burk) of Red Bud, Elaine Miller of New Athens, Mark (Rhonda Burk) of Belleville, Sheila (John Barrale) of New Athens, Kathy (Mike Katz), and Jane (Mike Hopkins) of Belleville, two sisters, Janet Bilderback and Annie Tucker, 17 Grandchildren and 30 Great Grandchildren., sister-in-law Arlene Burk and sister and brother-in-law Jake (June) Behnken. She is also survived by special friends, Barry and Dixie Mehner.

Memorials may be made St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL.

Visitation: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday March 11, 2023, at St. Agatha Church.

Service: 12 p.m. on Saturday March 11, 2023, at St. Agatha Church in New Athens, IL with Rev. Von Deeke officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Dorothy Bollmeier says:

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    Please know that I will be praying for comfort from our Lord Jesus for all who loved Joan. She was a beautiful person, one whom I greatly admired. Her faith in God was strong, so I am sure she is now blessed to be seeing Him face to face. May memories keep her always in your hearts.

  2. Shirley May says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Burk family. I pray you will find comfort and peace in your precious memories of Joan. She was my first friend when I moved to New Athens. She was a very kind person with a special smile for all.

  3. Lori Ann Mavers Schneider says:

    My sincere condolences to the Burk family on the loss of your dear mother

  4. Chiyoko Louise Miller Gussin says:

    My condolences to Sheila and all of her family. She was a beautiful lady.

  5. deb rothschild says:

    My beloved Joan, you were an angel on earth to all of us. Condolences to your entire family.

  6. Larry and Mary Jo says:

    Sheila and family-
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. I know she left you with many wonderful memories to make you smile.

  7. Carla (Recker) Wirth says:

    Bruce, Elaine, Mark, Sheila, Kathy and Janie.

    Please accept my sympathies on the passing of your mom. She was so sweet and I was so glad I got to talk to her when you were on your way to Florida. Your mom and dad have been like second parents to me. I spent a lot of time at your house. You know I’m here for you.

    Love Ya Sheila

  8. Jody Mestepey says:

    Bruce and Ellen,

    So sorry for your loss.

    Jody Mestepey

  9. Mark & Sharon Gaubatz says:

    Our sincere sympathy and prayers to the Burk Family. ❤️?

  10. Pamela Sinn Hargan says:

    My sincere sympathies
    And prayers to the Burk family. I hope all of your wonderful memories sustain you during these difficult times. Blessings??

  11. Sharon Askew says:

    Only knew her for two years while she was in Fl .but a lovely and friendly lady. She and her family are good friends to my cousin Dixie and Barry.

  12. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    My sincere sympathy to the entire Burk family. Eternal Rest grant her O LORD, and May Perpetual Light shine upon her. May those who loved her be comforted by the wonderful memories they shared with her.

  13. Cheryl, Marla, & Keith says:

    Bruce and Ellen, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. David Bartsokas says:

    My deepest sympathies. Cherish the moments you shared, smile at the times you enjoyed together and know that you have many friends that know how you feel.

  15. Rickey Schmierbach says:

    Condolences to the Burk family, you are all in my prayers ? ❤

    • Cheryl and Bill Blalock says:

      Shelia and family, sending our sympathy and prayers. May you hold on to the special memories with your Mom.

  16. Phyllis J. Gale {Heintz} says:

    My deepest sympathies to the Burk family. Joan was such a sweet sweet lady.

  17. Robert Kearns says:

    Our deepest condolences got out the Burk family in this time of grieving. Joan was a pleasure to talk with. Grew up knowing the family my entire life. She will be missed.

  18. Paul and Mary Kaiser says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Jim, Bruce, Elaine, Mark, Sheila, Kathy, Jane and family. Joan was such a kind and loving person. Joan was an example of a role model for me as I grew up next door to her. The Lord was always seen through Joan. She is now in Jesus’s sweet arms. May she rest in peace. She is home!

  19. Jon & Ruth Ann(Hacker) Hanft says:

    My sympathies to the Burk family. Heaven is blessed with a beautiful person.

  20. Jeanne Jansen says:

    My condolences to the Burk family. Joan was a beautiful person.

  21. Darlene Louth says:

    Joan was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. She was a beautiful kind women. Love the entire family. Wish I could have met up with them last trip to Destin. She will be missed. So glad she considered me family. Our condolences to Jim and family

  22. Janis Hopkins says:

    Joan was one of the kindest and most gentle souls. She was beautiful inside and out. She will be missed but I am grateful to have had her in my extended family. We lucky to have another beautiful Angel watching over us.

  23. Ron & Kim Hampton says:

    Our condolences to Joan’s family. She was such a sweet lady.

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  1. Our condolences to Joan’s family. She was such a sweet lady.

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  2. Joan was one of the kindest and most gentle souls. She was beautiful inside and out. She will be missed but I am grateful to have had her in my extended family. We lucky to have another beautiful Angel watching over us.

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  3. Joan was one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. She was a beautiful kind women. Love the entire family. Wish I could have met up with them last trip to Destin. She will be missed. So glad she considered me family. Our condolences to Jim and family

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  4. My condolences to the Burk family. Joan was a beautiful person.

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  5. My sympathies to the Burk family. Heaven is blessed with a beautiful person.

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  6. Our deepest sympathies to Jim, Bruce, Elaine, Mark, Sheila, Kathy, Jane and family. Joan was such a kind and loving person. Joan was an example of a role model for me as I grew up next door to her. The Lord was always seen through Joan. She is now in Jesus’s sweet arms. May she rest in peace. She is home!

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  7. Our deepest condolences got out the Burk family in this time of grieving. Joan was a pleasure to talk with. Grew up knowing the family my entire life. She will be missed.

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  8. My deepest sympathies to the Burk family. Joan was such a sweet sweet lady.

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  9. Condolences to the Burk family, you are all in my prayers ? ❤

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    • Shelia and family, sending our sympathy and prayers. May you hold on to the special memories with your Mom.

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  10. My deepest sympathies. Cherish the moments you shared, smile at the times you enjoyed together and know that you have many friends that know how you feel.

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  11. Bruce and Ellen, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  12. My sincere sympathy to the entire Burk family. Eternal Rest grant her O LORD, and May Perpetual Light shine upon her. May those who loved her be comforted by the wonderful memories they shared with her.

    Reply
  13. Only knew her for two years while she was in Fl .but a lovely and friendly lady. She and her family are good friends to my cousin Dixie and Barry.

    Reply
  14. My sincere sympathies
    And prayers to the Burk family. I hope all of your wonderful memories sustain you during these difficult times. Blessings??

    Reply
  15. Our sincere sympathy and prayers to the Burk Family. ❤️?

    Reply
  16. Bruce and Ellen,

    So sorry for your loss.

    Jody Mestepey

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  17. Bruce, Elaine, Mark, Sheila, Kathy and Janie.

    Please accept my sympathies on the passing of your mom. She was so sweet and I was so glad I got to talk to her when you were on your way to Florida. Your mom and dad have been like second parents to me. I spent a lot of time at your house. You know I’m here for you.

    Love Ya Sheila

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  18. Sheila and family-
    So sorry for the loss of your mother. I know she left you with many wonderful memories to make you smile.

    Reply
  19. My beloved Joan, you were an angel on earth to all of us. Condolences to your entire family.

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  20. My condolences to Sheila and all of her family. She was a beautiful lady.

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  21. My sincere condolences to the Burk family on the loss of your dear mother

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  22. My deepest sympathy to the Burk family. I pray you will find comfort and peace in your precious memories of Joan. She was my first friend when I moved to New Athens. She was a very kind person with a special smile for all.

    Reply
  23. ,
    Please know that I will be praying for comfort from our Lord Jesus for all who loved Joan. She was a beautiful person, one whom I greatly admired. Her faith in God was strong, so I am sure she is now blessed to be seeing Him face to face. May memories keep her always in your hearts.

    Reply

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