A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Lorraine Burke

August 3, 1934February 8, 2019
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Lorraine died peacefully on February 8th, 2019 after complications from stage IIIc ovarian cancer after an emergency surgery. She was 84.

Lorraine was born in Philadelphia, PA moved to San Diego when she was 2. She was first to graduate from St. Charles of Borromeo Catholic School in San Diego. She attended Cathedral Catholic High School where she first worked with the Southern Cross Catholic Newspaper in High School with Bishop Buddy and ended her career at the San Diego Union-Tribune working in Special Projects and Display Advertising as department secretary. She studied nursing in college, but ended up working in various places, from dental assistant, to testing metals at Electronic Specialty Company in Portland, Oregon, to owning her own wordprocessing and typing service and she also spent some time working for the City of Chula Vista at the Chula Vista Nature Center as an administrative assistant and a Realtor-Associate at Century 21.

She worked very hard to raise all of her children. She loved going to church activities like the Fall Festival at Guardian Angels and being with friends from church, Cathedral High reunions, kept in touch with many at the U-T, and enjoyed being with her ovarian cancer support group.

She was very smart, was in MENSA, loved reading historical novels and medical mystery novels, cooking, crafts, parakeets, casino trips, all things Scottish and watching the cooking channel and British dramas on PBS.

She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Novack, her four children, Steven Beacock, Pamela Clevenger, Timothy Burke, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Burke, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Family and Friends are welcome to her viewing and celebration of life slideshow Monday 2/18, 4-8 PM at El Cajon Mortuary, El Cajon, CA. Funeral Tuesday 2/19: Rosary at 9:15, Service 10-11 Guardian Angels Catholic Church, Santee, CA, Interment 12 PM - 1 PM After her Funeral, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, San Diego.

  • FAMILY

  • Elizabeth Burke, Daughter
  • Pam Clevenger, Daughter
  • Tim Burke, Son
  • Steve Beacock, Son

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, February 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Lorraine Burke

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1934 with Anna Nix, her Mother

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1934 as a baby

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Anna Nix with Lorraine Nix as a baby, Philadelphia, PA.

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Pushing her baby brother, Joe, who they called Brother.

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Grandma Nix, Uncle Joe, Mom (Lorraine) as a baby

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Mom looking like Shirley Temple as a little girl.

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Lorraine and her Brother with their dad, Joe R. Nix.

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Mom and her little brother, Joe

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Grandma Nix, Mom, Uncle Joe, Grandpa Nix

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1934 with Anna Nix, her Mother

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1934 as a baby

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Anna Nix with Lorraine Nix as a baby, Philadelphia, PA.

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Pushing her baby brother, Joe, who they called Brother.

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Grandma Nix, Uncle Joe, Mom (Lorraine) as a baby

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Mom looking like Shirley Temple as a little girl.

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Lorraine and her Brother with their dad, Joe R. Nix.

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Mom and her little brother, Joe

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Grandma Nix, Mom, Uncle Joe, Grandpa Nix

Biography

Personal Qualities

She raised all of her children to be well-mannered gentlemen and ladies which her children who had children have passed on to their families. It is a quality that you don’t see too often these days.

She was a very strong woman who passed down her strength to her children and grandchildren to teach them how to become independent.

Her children and grandkids always loved that she remembered them during the holidays and always sent themed cards with confetti and letters that made you feel special and loved.

Catholic Faith Involvement
She was first to graduate from St. Charles of Borromeo Catholic School in San Diego. She attended Cathedral Girls Catholic High School and she kept in touch with many of her friends there her whole life.

She would volunteer to help with the office work while her children attended CCD. Often prayer groups were met at her house where church friends and priests would attend which was common in the 1960s and 1970s.

In her later years, she loved attending the Guardian Angels Fall Festivals as her health permitted and had fun chatting with people from church, especially the ushers who would often joke with her.

In her final days at the hospital after her surgery, even though she was intubated and could not speak, she wrote and asked for a priest and was given the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick by Fr. Devdas from Santa Sofia Church in Spring Valley, and it made her so happy she squeezed his and Betsy’s hands hard afterwards in appreciation. Also, Fr. Danny, the regular hospital priest at Grossmont Hospital also gave her the anointing of the sick.

Her last requests were for her daughter, Betsy, to pray the rosary aloud which she did every day after her request and she signaled by drawing a cross with her finger on her pillow that she wanted to hold the cross of her rosary as she took part in the Lord’s Passion.

Jobs work experience and organizations
She first worked with the Southern Cross Catholic Newspaper in High School with Bishop Buddy and ended her career at the San Diego Union-Tribune working in Special Projects and Display Advertising as department secretary. She studied nursing in college, but ended up working in various places. From dental assistant, to testing metals at Boeing in Portland, Oregon, to owning her own wordprocessing and typing service and she also spent some time working for the City of Chula Vista at the Chula Vista Nature Center as an administrative assistant and a also worked as a Realtor-Associate with Century 21. She was very intelligent and was a member of MENSA for over 26 years.

Hobbies, favorite Activities, Experiences enjoyed
When she was young Lorraine enjoyed visiting her father’s parents farm in Tennessee, and visiting relatives in Philadelphia.
When she was young she played accordion and had fun modeling for Walker Scott which was a major department store downtown San Diego. She enjoyed travel to visit family in Oregon, going to destinations like Scotland, England, Hawaii (Oahu & Kuai), Victoria and Vancouver British Columbia and has been to about half of the United States. She also loved to go to on casino trips, visits to the missions, gardens and museums.


Her hobbies and favorite pastimes included crocheting and knitting, doing crossword puzzles, paint by numbers, cooking, reading, watching British dramas on PBS, watching the cooking channel, listening to talk radio, and loved to decorate for the seasons like Martha Stewart.

Likes and Dislikes
She liked all things Scottish, parakeets, Mary Engelbright, conservative news, St. Gianna who opted to save the life of her unborn baby rather than to save her life, and loved when people… especiailly her doctors would pray for her. She loved eating lobster, lima beans, chocolates, cookies, bagels, shrimp, and fresh squeezed orange juice from her yard. Also her children say when they were kids she really liked when they would move the rockpile in the backyard from one place to another.

She did not like it when her son Steve would plop his baby alligator, Alli, on her stomach to wake her up. She also did not like it when she found out her son Tim, had brought home rattlesnakes and was storing them in a buckets out in the sideyard shed.

Favorite Songs/Books/Sayings or Quotes
She loved the music during Saturday Mass, listened to classical music, opera, folk music, musical comedy, her large Christmas album collection, golden oldies, ‘50s and ‘60s music, and bagpipes.

She loved to read historical novels, biblical history, medical mysteries, scientific books, medical books, and English literature.

Her favorite quotes are:
“Listen to what your heart already knows . . .”

“There are things that I know, and I know that I know, and I don't have to explain them to anyone because the Truth simply IS!”

Relatives and significant guests attending:
She is survived by her sister, Charlotte Novack (who may be watching the service which is being streamed over cell phone.) Also her four children, Steven Beacock (who also may be watching the streaming service as he’s had high blood pressure), Pamela Clevenger, Timothy Burke, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Burke, 5 grandchildren Nick Beacock, Angel Ware, Tommy Burke, Wednesday Farrington, little Rocky Clevenger, and 1 great grandchild, Avery (who might be watching the live stream of the service on facebook).