Heidi Ann Burke
Saturday 22nd of November 1958 - Monday 13th of June 2022
A beloved mother and wife, Heidi Ann Burke, 63, passed away in the late evening Monday, June 13, 2022. Heidi was born in Plattsburgh, New York on November 22, 1958 to Wolfgang Karl and Barbara (Sutton) Kressin.
Heidi pursued a bachelor’s degree in education at Texas Tech University, and was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. As a freshman, Heidi met her husband, John S. Burke, of whom she married on June 23, 1979 and together, they celebrated 43 years of marriage. Early in their marriage Heidi was a kindergarten teacher, and shortly after the birth of her first child, elected to pursue substitute teaching. Other jobs included being a stay at home mother for her three children, a sales associate for Kohl’s, and an insurance customer service representative. Heidi engaged in many hobbies that included gardening, crocheting, knitting, and reading.
Left to cherish Heidi is her loving husband, John Burke; daughters, Linda (Frank) Carrillo and Pamela Burke (fiancé Julius Dean Means, Jr); son, John (Amanda) Burke, Jr.; grandchildren, Rory Ann, Ava Grace, Claire Marie, Catherine Elizabeth, Francisco III, Savannah, Jadyn, Chloe Chanel, Logan Krischen, Micah Alexander, Camden Matthew, Liam Dean, Jenny Lynn, Braden Charles, and Lauren Elizabeth; her mother, Barbara Kressin, and brothers, Wolfgang Kurt (Dianna) Kressin, Robert (Robin) Kressin, and Richard (Diane) Kressin. Heidi was preceded in death by her father, Wolfgang Karl Kressin and grandson, John Soholt Burke, III.
In honor of her legacy, Heidi’s family would like memorial donations made in her name, directed to the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation, a charity personally dear to her: https://www.sjogrens.org/ .
A memorial gathering for Heidi will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, June 20th at Milward – Man O’War - located at 1509 Trent Blvd. Mass will begin at 10:00 am, Tuesday, June 21st at the Cathedral of Christ the King, located at 299 Colony Blvd., with interment to follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Lexington.
To share a remembrance of Heidi or to offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
I knew Heidi in late 1970s before she became my sister-in-law. As John’s brother, I was first in John’s family to meet Heidi when she came to Dallas to meet our family. I’ll say this. In the roughly 45 years I knew Heidi, not one time was she ever unkind to me. Whether on the phone, by text, or in person, she was always so nice to me. Every time I visited Little Rock, Detroit & Lexington, she treated me almost like I was her brother. We liked each other! I’ve rarely met a nicer person than Heidi. She was intelligent &, as noted, had multiple careers, including as a Teacher. However, I know how much she valued being a stay at home mom to Linda, John Jr., & Pamela. When I visited when the kids were young, I viewed them as an All-American family. There was magic in Heidi & John’s home of 5, which is hard to put into words: a mixture of love, passion, individual talents, & 5 different personalities that fit together as one, like a glove. I’m one of many who will miss Heidi for the rest of my life. She is gone long too soon, but during her time on earth she made her mark on life and positively affected the lives of countless others, including mine. What a special person! I love you Heidi Sincerely and respectfully, Kevin Thomas Harrison Burke
There are people that we encounter on life's journey that leave an impression that we carry with us always. Heidi, you were one of those people for me. I will never forget how welcoming you always were and those summer nights that we spent on your front porch laughing and carrying on. Your life was absolutely infectious. You were definitely a Mama Bear and you loved and protected your children fiercely. I always admired that about you. Please keep close to them always. To the entire family: my heart aches with you during this time of mourning. You are all in my prayers.
I miss you Heidi. We were married for 43 years and I was so happy to be your husband and I cherished you as my wife. We had so many plans for our golden years. I was devoted to you and looked forward to taking care of you after your return home. I will do my best to make you proud. I think back about our happy times. We did so many things together over the years. You were a great mother to your children Linda, John Jr, and Pamela. We honor your memory. You were a great friend to all. You were a very spiritual person. I know you are with your Dad and all the relatives. Please guide us. We love you Heidi.
John Burke Jrsays
Momma, My heart is broken that you are gone. You are the greatest mother a son could ever ask for. You are kind, caring, loving and faithful. You are always for God and your family. We talked about Psalm 23 every time I visited you in the hospital and how you were in the valley moving towards the light. Whether it was recovery or heaven you remained strong and faithful as you fought so hard for everyone who loves you. We had so many plans and I’m sad that we will never get to enjoy those plans on earth. You were recovering and so full of life that was coming back to you in your last week on earth. I’m not sure why God calls those we love home when he does but I find comfort in knowing that you are in Heaven now feeling no more pain and suffering. The lord has wiped every tear from your eyes and you are smiling down upon us protecting your family as you always have. Until the day we meet again in Heaven, mom, you will always remain in my heart. I love you mom. Love, Johnny
Pamela Burke (your sunshine 🌞 ☀️ 💛)says
"You are my sunshine, My only sunshine, You make me happy, When skies are gray, You'll never know dear, How much I love you, Please don't take my sunshine away." That was our song and what we called each other. The first music box you gave me as a child played "You Are My Sunshine." The music box I gave you for mothers day plays "You Are My Sunshine." The last video message I have from you is singing me "You Are My Sunshine." The last message you wrote me on my birthday on June 11th was "happy birthday sunshine." You promised me you'd fight for me and you did. I begged you to stay for my birthday and you did. You're the person who holds my world together. You make even the darkest day seem possible. You made every birthday, holiday, and gathering together so much fun and something to look forward to. You're my spiritual soul sister. You're my everything. I hope you know how much I love you and I pray with everything in me that you walk with me through the rest of my life because I don't know what I'm going to do without you. I need you. I'll do my best to make you proud. You always told me after I was hit by a car when I was little that I had a guardian angel and a purpose here. The truth is that you were always my guardian angel. You ran out into the road to stop oncoming traffic. For a while recently I thought my purpose must be to care for you and help you get better and I was so happy to do it. I looked forward to seeing you every day and talking about our shared interests...meditating in the hospital, just laying down in the chair next to you holding your hand. Until the day we meet again I want you to know that I love you sunshine. Remember, this isn't "goodbye." This is "see you later." You are my forever guardian angel and sunshine. Bis dann Mutti. Ich liebe dich 💛 Always, Pamela (your sunshine)
Lisa Y Ratliffsays
Deepest condolences, I’m so sorry for your families loss🙏🙏🙏