September 15, 2019

Sue C. Burke

Died Feb. 4, 2019


The cornerstone of our family, Sue Carol Burke, 75, of Lupton passed away peacefully Feb. 4, 2019, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit with her loving family by her side.

She was born in Royal Oak on Dec. 23, 1943, being the firstborn to Wayne and Margaret (Buck) Mayhew, thus beginning her loving and maternal nature. Married on Nov. 19, 1963, she became a beloved wife and best friend to her one and only love of 55 years, Bobby Burke. Sue resided in Lupton for 45 years. She retired from West Branch-Rose City Area Schools after working 25 years as a cook, and took special pride in knowing all the names of the children who came through her line.

Sue's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking for them, taking walks with friends, tending to her flower gardens and watching the variety of birds that came to her feeder, and loved getting her hair done at Joanie’s Country Curls in Lupton. Sue was also a lover of music, specifically Elvis, and sang beautifully in her church choir. Her adventurous spirit and love of travel took her on many escapades, most recently a trip to Ireland and Arizona.

Sue is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Bobby L. Burke of Lupton (originally from Lee County, Va.); children, Dawn L. Burke of Whitmore Lake, Gregory L. Burke of Bay City, Terry H. (Laurie) Burke of Clinton Township and Amy S. (Jason) Long of Berlin Township; grandchildren, Krista (Kenny) Fritz, Lisa (Brian) Globke, Corey (Keri) Allie, Trevor, Emily and Logan Burke and Jennah and Tessa Long; great-grandchildren, Karmen, Dakota, Landyn and Kenzington Fritz, Isabella and Clayton Globke and Kate, Addison and Grady Allie; mother, Margaret Mayhew of Rose City; siblings, Lonnie (Lee) Mayhew, Laronna (Larry) Barnes and Bradley Mayhew; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wayne; and brothers, David, Ricky and Mickey Mayhew.

Per Sue’s request, a short visitation at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in Rose City will be held Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by an intimate burial at Lane Heights Cemetery in Lupton.

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