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“RIP Norma. Will always remember you singing to my husband John when at St Teresa's.You were a sweetheart. ”
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“It was my sincere pleasure to spend time with Norma over the last three years. We enjoyed singing together very much. We also took many walks...Read More »
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“My Condolences To The Family; I'm so sorry for your great loss. May the God of all comfort be with you all during this difficult time. ”
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Norma M. (Johannessen) Burke, of Manchester, NH, formerly of Melrose, died January 23rd, 2020 at the age of 100. She was born in Everett, MA on June 17, 1919 to the late Christian and Henrietta (Hanson) Johannessen. She was raised in East Boston and attended East Boston High School. She would later move to Melrose with her late husband William where they would raise their family and live for over 30 years.

Norma was a member of St. Mary's Church and the St. Mary's Ladies Sodality. She loved to travel, taking many trips to California, Florida, Washington D.C., and Chicago. She enjoyed spending time reading and doing crossword puzzles. Norma also loved to sing, she had a beautiful voice. She devoted much of her life to babies and children, believing they were "God's greatest creation".

Norma was the beloved wife of the late William F. Burke with whom she shared 69 years of marriage. Loving mother of Norma M. Mannion & her husband Nicholas of IL, William F. Burke Jr. & his wife Marlene of Chester, NH, Christine A. Burke of Auburn, NH, and John J. Burke & his wife Janice of Chester, NH. Proud grandmother of seven, and great-grandmother of nine. Predeceased by five siblings. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, on Wed., Jan. 29th, from 10:00AM-12:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home at 12:00 PM immediately following the visitation. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Norma's memory to a charity of your choice.