Bette A. Burke

May 9, 1932 ~ December 13, 2021 (age 89)


Bette Ann Doris Bellin Burke, age 89, of Damascus, MD, died peacefully into eternal life at home on Monday, December 13, 2021. The family, including her 5 Grandchildren, were blessed to surround her with love while Storming the Gates of Heaven with prayers.

Born May 9, 1932, in the Bronx, NY, she was the wife of the late John Joseph Burke (Pop Pops) who was in the U.S. Navy and lived in Japan, Midway, and Hawaii before settling in Rockville and Damascus then retiring in Berkeley Springs. Bette Ann and her husband were heavily involved with activities uplifting the Kingdom of God through their own local Catholic parishes: St. Jude's Rockville, MD; St. Paul's Damascus, MD, and St. Vincent de Paul Berkeley Springs, WV.

Bette Ann was a faithful and loving servant of our Catholic Faith, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Blessed Mother. Some of Bette Ann's activities along w/ her husband included: starting Cub Scout Pack 1084 at St. Paul's Church & Den Mother; running a Birthright Center to help young pregnant mothers; being a pastoral visitor for the sick and elderly; helping publish a Catholic newsletter called The Defender; assisting with getting Catholic radio in the West Virginia panhandle; membership in the Legion of Mary & Catholic Daughters at St. Paul's in Damascus, MD.

Grandma is known and loved by her humble service to her family and neighbors. Her house was always immaculate, and she was a superb cook. She was also a Certified Nursing Assistant who cared for the elderly.

Bette is survived by her daughter, Eileen Marie Miller and husband Dale of Damascus, MD; son, Phillip Robert Burke of Berkeley Springs; five grandchildren: Colin, Brandyn and his wife Julie, Kristen and her husband Ben, Claire, and Patrick. She was predeceased by her son, John Joseph Burke Jr. and her brother Robert Bellin.

Friends are invited to attend a viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 22, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9250 Damascus Road, Damascus, Maryland, a rosary at 10:30 a.m., family eulogies at 10:50 and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Msgr. Edward Filardi at 11:00 a.m. For anyone attending a mask or adequate face covering will be required.

Interment will follow in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, 16 East High Street, Hancock, Maryland 21750

In lieu of flowers, contributions on the behalf of Bette Ann Burke may be made to The Source of All Hope, a Catholic missionary community with the Baltimore Basilica whose mission is to give Christ a home especially in all the places He's been neglected—the Eucharist, the homeless, and our own souls.

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Mass of Christian Burial
December 22, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Paul's Catholic Church
9240 Damascus Rd.
Damascus, Md. 20872

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