In Memoriam

Sister Noreen Burke, OP (Peter Margaret)


Sister Noreen Burke, formerly known as Sister Peter Margaret Burke, died on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 88 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Noreen was born in Detroit to Peter and Marjorie (Reske) Burke. She graduated from Visitation High School in Detroit and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian. She received master’s degrees in American history, school administration/supervision, and human services and counseling, all from DePaul University in Chicago.

Sister Noreen spent 33½ years ministering in elementary education in Chicago, Hometown, and Elmhurst, Illinois. This includes being principal for 10 years at Our Lady of Loretto in Hometown and seven years at Visitation School in Elmhurst. She was also a guidance counselor for 18 years at Maria High School in Chicago. She later served the Adrian Dominican Congregation in Hometown for one year as an Assistant Retirement Director.

Sister Noreen became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Carole Burkhardt; and two brothers, Lawrence and Donald. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Due to COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the Dominican Life Center is closed until further notice to all guests or visitors. All are welcome to participate in Sister’s wake and funeral via live stream.

The Vigil Prayer will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021, in St. Catherine Chapel. A Funeral Word Service will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Prayers of Committal will be held in the back of St. Catherine Chapel.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.

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Vigil for Sister Noreen

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Avatar  John Hamilton 4 days agoReply

Dear Sisters and Family of Sr. Noreen Burke, We will meet again in heaven and know you will be there to Welcome us! We will miss your words of comfort and love over the years! Love, John Hamilton, Maria High School

Avatar  Shannon 5 days agoReply

I am sorry I never had the chance to meet sister noreen. I knew her brother, Larry, when he lived in village manor. He had a special place in my heart. He was a mentor to me in a difficult period of my life. I’d love to share some stories of him with his sons. I’ve always wished I had a picture of him too. And to know if there is a burial plot. When he died in July, we were told it was a private affair. Please reach out to me- Shannon combs #810-772-3981
You can call or text.
Larry was so proud of his sister and carried her picture of being ordained a young nun in his wallet.

Avatar  Laura Stokes-Gray last weekReply

I was privileged to know Noreen and fortunate to have her as my teacher. Her classes in American History were extraordinary because she made every character come alive. She was truly a gift to her students.

Noreen was there for me when my dad passed away. Her many kindnesses coupled with her calm and steady nature made all the difference. My deep affection and gratitude will never cease.

Rest well, Noreen.

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