Charles Thomas Burke, age 89 of the Hollandale and Blanchardville area died on Friday morning, June 29, 2012 at the New Glarus Home. He was born on November 16, 1922 on the family farm in Waldwick Township, Mineral Point, Wisconsin to Thomas J. & Genevieve (Schaaf) Burke.
Charles attended the Waldwick school until starting his farming career. On June 19, 1946 he was united in marriage to Terese Regan. Charles and Terese then moved to Marengo, IL, where he was a herdsman for the Curtiss Candy Cattle Company for four years. Then he was promoted as a master herdsman for the company in Tupelo, Mississippi. In 1954 they moved back to Hollandale to farm. In 1986 they purchased a farm in the Blanchardville area. After semi-retiring he moved to Blanchardville where he lived until the past four years when he was a resident of the New Glarus Home. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Blanchardville. Charles loved all aspects of farming from raising cattle to spending time on his Oliver tractors. Above all he cherished his wife Terese of 66 years, his children and his grandchildren.
Charles is survived by his wife, Terese Burke of the New Glarus Home; two children, Barbara (Jeff) McArdle of Monroe, and Mark (Pam) Burke of Blanchardville; five grandchildren, Rebecca, Mitchell, and Kristin McArdle, and Ben and Katie Burke; a sister and brother-in-law, Theresa Jane (Frank) Hamilton of Sun Prairie; sister-in-laws Mary Burke of Mineral Point and Marguerite Bernards of Madison; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother George Burke, his sister and brother-in-law, Tom and Mary Spellman; and a brother-in-law, Joe Bernards.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Blanchardville. Fr. Thomas Gillespie and Fr. Ken Klink will officiate. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Blanchardville. Friends may call on Monday evening, July 2, 2012 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardville. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.saetherfuneralhome.com
The family wishes to express special thanks to the New Glarus Home staff for their love and care of our father these last years.
We love you so very much. You were a wonderful husband, father and friend to all. Our hope is that you are at peace and can look down on all the things you loved most. You will be deeply missed.