Maria, 83 of Natick passed away on April 29, 2020. Beloved wife of George R. Burke. Devoted mother of Joseph M. and his wife Ann of VA, John F. and his wife Elizabeth of TX, Robert E. and his fiancé Habiba of TX, Rachael A. of Dracut, and Daughter-in-law Pamela of Natick. Sister of Hilary Pollock and his wife Katherine of Natick. Sister-in-law of Firman H. Burke of Zurich Switzerland. Grandmother of Cynthia Crum and her husband Daniel, Deborah Burke, 1st Lt Eric Burke, U.S. Air Force and his wife Lauren, Adam Burke, Michael Burke, Kelsey Burke, Travis Burke, Connor Burke, Shane Burke, Hunter Burke and Sasha Burke. Great Grandmother of Grace, Madeline, William and Abigail Crum. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late John B and Blanche (Violette) Pollock and Mother-in-law of the late Donna Burke.
Maria spent most of her life in Natick as a member of Saint Patrick’s Parish. Growing up in Natick, she attended and graduated from Saint Patrick’s Elementary School, then Our Lady’s High School in Newton as a member of the Class of 1955. At the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, as a member of the Class of 1959, she studied jewelry and silversmithing. She had a lifelong love of the arts, expressed through her floral arrangements, photography and music. Maria shared her love of music as the organist of Sacred Heart Church in South Natick from 1955 through 1958 and in singing with the Saint Patrick’s church choir. After raising her family, she worked for many years as a homemaker at Quality Care, Inc., then Alternative Care, Inc., providing support to the elderly in Natick.
Funeral Service and Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Burke may be made to Catholic TV, PO Box 9196 Watertown, MA 02471.
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