Barbara Burke

Barbara Jean Burke, age 79, of Eyota, MN, died peacefully on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Barbara was born September 30, 1941 in Haverhill Township, MN to John and Laura (Milbrandt) Kurth.

Barbara received her practical nursing degree in 1982 and was a nurse at Mayo Clinic. After leaving Mayo Clinic she was a licensed day care provider in Eyota until her retirement.

Barbara enjoyed driving down to the Mississippi River watching the eagles and deer.

Barbara was survived by her husband, LaVerne Burke; 3 children, Charlotte (Ken) Fagerlind, Steve (Cassandra) Burke, Tammy (Rick) Johnson; 4 grandchildren, Christopher (Kate) Fagerlind, Travis (Kristine) Johnson, Nicole (Laith) Alkhalil, Paige Johnson; step granddaughter, Jessica (Ray) Peterson; 5 great grandchildren and 1 on the way; and siblings, Lorraine (Dave) Hutson, Margaret Harrison.

Barbara was preceded in death by parents; siblings, Delores (Jim) Pollara, Arvilla (Don) Hain, Norman (Martha) Kurth, Marie (Rev. James) Murray, Janet (Richard) McElhenie; and brother-in-law, Gene Harrison.

No services, a private family gathering.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Barbara may be shared at

8 thoughts on “Barbara Burke

  1. Barb and Sonny were fans with MY mom and dad watching Char and I play softball for years! Oh they had fun! I spent many a day at their house growing up as we were neighbors growing up. .well I grew up. Char maybe not! LOL.My deepest sympathy to the Burke family. Love them!!

  2. Our deepest condolences on your loss. We remember Barb as the kind, funny person she was. Our prayers are lifted up for all of you.

  3. Sonny and family– our deepest sympathy!! Always enjoyed visiting at the restaurant and family get togethers.. Barb will be missed!

  4. Aunt Barbara & Uncle Sonny were very genenerous to me when I was kid . I remerreered that !

  5. Sonny – we are so sorry to hear about Barb. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family.

  6. So sorry, Aunt Barb will be missed. I remember years ago brushing and brushing and more brushing of her hair, she loved it.
    Love and hugs to all of you.

  7. I am sorry to learn of your loss! My sympathy is extended to your family. Barbara, her sister Janet and and their parents, John and Laura’s farm was adjacent northeast of our farm. My brother Marvin and I (Dale) used to hang May baskets on them and play over there on summer nights. My parents, Martin and Aleva Reinecke and us, would in the winter nights, go to their house to visit. We all attended school District 44, which was located on the south edge of our farm. Barbara was one grade below my brother, and two above me. Janet was one or two grades above Marvin. I have a picture of us kids in the school house, taken in 1950. If the family would like a picture, you can call me at 507-775-6715, and I could send the picture to you on e-mail. Dale Reinecke

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