Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI


Matthew T. Burke

April 12, 1957April 12, 2020

Matthew Thomas Burke, of Livonia, passed away on April 12, his 63rd birthday surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Burke was born in Detroit to James and Clara Burke, the first of their four children. Matt was a 1975 graduate of Farmington Harrison High School. From there he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland University. Matt spent his career as an Account Manager in sales of pneumatic equipment to automotive parts manufacturers. In 1976 Matt met Margaret “Peggy” Gardner through mutual friends. They married on April 15, 1978. Together they raised their two sons in Livonia. Matt’s past-times included reading, listening to and playing music on his guitar. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus George F. Monaghan Council #2690 and his faith was very important to him. Matt liked to be involved in church activities. He loved cars of all types and enjoyed viewing the vehicles at the Woodward Dream Cruise. In addition to his wife of 42 years, Peggy, Matt is survived by his sons, Stephen (Laurisa) Burke and Brendan (Kristan) Burke; five grandsons, Benjamin, Brady, Winston, Graham, and Sawyer; brother, Gerald (Kathy) Burke; sisters, Emily (Mike) Reinhard and Sarah (Scott) Orwig; father and mother-in-law, Thomas Gardner and Carol Gardner; sisters-in-law, Nancy Bearden, Mary Gardner, Teresa (George) Wrathell, Patty Tosto, Janet (Dustin) Popa; and brother-in-law, Tom (Elena) Gardner. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Private burial services at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 25800 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield 48033 on Friday, April 17, 2020.

A memorial funeral mass and celebration of Matt's life will be held Saturday, August 8, 2020 at St. Kenneth Catholic Church, 14951 Haggerty Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170 at 11:30 a.m. Friends may gather and visit with the family at church from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Donations in memory of Matt may be made to the Salvation Army 33600 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150 (www.satruck.org).

Please share a memory of Matt or condolences with his family at his online guest book.


  • Burial Services

    Friday, April 17, 2020

  • Visitation before Mass

    Saturday, August 8, 2020

  • Funeral Mass and Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 8, 2020


Matthew T. Burke

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Nancy Trimmer

April 20, 2020

Dear Peggy and Family,

I just wanted to extend my sympathies over the loss of Matthew. It is such a loss at such a young age. I hope you find comfort in your memories of Matthew, and the life you shared together.

I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Nancy Trimmer

Carol Rusinowski

April 17, 2020

Dear Peggy:

So sorry for your loss especially at this time when we cannot comfort you directly. Matt was a very special man and will be dearly missed. Together, you both raised a wonderful, loving family and prayers go out to all of you at this time.

Kathleen Stark

April 17, 2020

Our deepest sympathies for your loss. I remember Matt from all the family gatherings growing up, such a sweet man. We’re thinking and praying for you today❤️.

Joan Schmidt

April 16, 2020

Dear Peggy,

I just heard about Matthew, and I just want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. It was just July 2019 when I saw him at Aunt Catherine's funeral. I am so sorry, and I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Joan (Fischer) Schmidt

Monica Ziraldo

April 16, 2020

Dear Peggy,

I just now learned of Matt's passing. My heart aches for you and your family at this time. I will be ib touch with you soon.



Carol Newton-Walding

April 16, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about cousin Matthew. I remember going to Aunt Clara and Uncle Jim's house when we were growing up. Riding our bicycles, playing in the driveway. Their house was so modern, I loved it! Aunt Clara was so beautiful, I remember. All our cousins were close back then. When time passes, we lose touch, but the memories are always close at hand. My prayers go out to all of you and may God Bless you. Cousin, Carol Newton-Walding.

Dottie Wunchel

April 16, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. I worked with Matt at Parker Hannifin & found him to be such a gentle human being. My deepest sympathies to Peggy & his children.

Jane Parsons

April 16, 2020

Dear Peggy and family,
We are very sorry to hear about Matthew. My Mom, Aunt Virg , remembers babysitting him and his siblings when they were young. Many years have passed since then, but we will be keeping you all in our prayers. Much love to you,
Cousin Jane Parsons and family and Aunt Virg (Newton)

Stella Vassallo-Peltier

April 16, 2020

Dear Peggy. So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Love Stella

Teresa Wrathell

April 16, 2020

So many memories, all will be cherished forever. But most recently, last year for his birthday fundraiser he raised money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, I feel it was me he was thinking of as he always did. Always thinking of others. Love you Matt. You will be missed. Rest In Peace

So sorry Peggy, if you need anything at all please let us know. Love you.


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