Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI


Clara M. Burke

August 9, 1931November 5, 2019

Clara M. Burke of Farmington Hills, Mi and Venice, FL born August 9, 1931 passed away November 5, 2019. Beloved wife of the late James Burke. Cherished partner of the late John Harnett. Proud mother of Matthew (Peggy) Burke, Gerald (Kathy) Burke, Emily (Mike) Reinhard and Sarah (Scott) Orwig. Loving grandmother to Stephen, Brendan, Michael, David, Megan, Claire, Katie, Harrison, Grace, Kennedy and Shepard. Dear great grandmother of Benjamin, Winston, Sawyer, Brady, Graham, Iris and Cormac. Survived by her sibilings Janet Hoffman, Stash Kovalcik, Josephine Yancho and Virginia Newton. Clara was always on the go.

After retiring as a claims agent from an insurance company, she spent much of her free time with family. She enjoyed gardening, tennis, golfing, crossword puzzles and reading. Clara had such a special spirit about her that was contagious. She will be deeply missed by her family and close friends.

A memorial service will be held at St. Kenneth Catholic Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army in Clara’s honor.


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Clara M. Burke

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Janet Hoffman

November 9, 2019

Dear Matt,Jerry,Emily, Sarah & to your beautiful families, We spent a lot of holidays together--trading Thanksgivings & Christmas. As you kids grew, we vacationed together--what fun, what wonderful memories . Your Mom was a very special & easy sister to share all that we did together. She will always be Clada to me. Love to you all. Aunt Janet

Amy Waddell

November 7, 2019

I remember your mom in your cozy house on Appleton, pictures everywhere, food cooking, your hot tub, your mom's garden- everything, and there were lots of things - in perfect order. I remember your mom driving us to school with a cup of coffee in her hand, driving with the other hand...she was fiesty, opinionated, she talked to me like I was an adult. And when your young, that feels so good, she easily made me feel like a real person, not just a kid. And she made you, and you were my friend, and we were all family. There's nothing better than that. That's what I remember about your beloved mom, and I am grateful for all of it. I wish for a moment we could be there again with your mom.