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Lena "Eileen" (Sullivan) Burke

June 10, 2018

Lena Burke (née Sullivan), best known as Eileen, 90, passed away on June 10th, 2018. She was born in Toureen, Co. Galway, Ireland and immigrated to the US in 1953. She was the beloved wife of the late Jimmy Burke and sister to Patrick. Preceded in death by her siblings Michael, Aggie, Mary, Bideen, and Nora. Her life will forever be remembered in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her children are: Robert, Noel (Tom) Norris, Jim (deceased) and Susan, Michael (deceased) and Kathy, and Patrick. Her grandchildren include: Valerie, Jimmy, Rebecca, Bridget, Katie, Diana, Megan, Bobby, Amy, Crystal, Gerald, Sean, and Lily. Her great-grandchildren are Zach, Kylie, Grace, Devlin, Regan, and Emma. She was the last surviving aunt of many nieces and nephews in the US, Ireland, and England. She enjoyed knitting, cooking, gardening, caring for others, and storytelling. She was known for her homemade apple pies, chocolate chip cookies, and Irish bread. Her Catholic faith and Irish heritage were very important to her throughout her life.
Visitation will be Friday, June 15th, 2018 from 3:00-8:00 pm at Cooney Funeral Home 625 Busse Hwy Park Ridge, Il. Funeral mass will be 10 am on Saturday, June 16th, 2018 at St. Benedict Church 2215 Irving Pk Rd Chicago, Il.  Friends are requested to go directly to the church on Saturday. Interment is private.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (, or to Alzheimer’s Association ( For info 847-685-1002

Donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1700, Chicago, IL 60601, AL
Tel: 1-312-335-8700

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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