Barbara Burke Biewer

December 17, 1917November 14, 2011

Barbara Burke Biewer

December 17, 1917 to November 14, 2011

Died early Monday morning at home with family. Survived by her brother, John Burke of Honolulu and her daughters, Elaine, Connie, Barbara, Julia and Virginia; sons-in law, Bob and Rejean; grandchildren Kristen (her husband Aaron), David, Adrienne and Julien and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Frank Biewer, Capt. USN Ret. predeceased her in 1991.

Barbara was born in Burley, Idaho to John and Julia Burke. She was raised in Portland, Oregon with her three brothers.

Barbara graduated from Marylhurst College. She met her future husband, Frank in New York while pursuing an operatic singing career. The pair married in 1945 after the war. After extensive travel during Frank's Naval career as a submariner, the family settled permanently in San Diego in 1962.

Her love of music was surpassed only by her love of family. She volunteered with the San Diego Opera Guild, taught music appreciation at Sacred Heart Academy and sang in numerous church choirs. She loved golfing, gardening and reading mysteries. She enjoyed people, loved telling stories and participated in life to the fullest.

A Viewing will be held at Beardsley-Mitchell Mortuary on Sunday, November 20, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the Rosary starting at 5:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, in Point Loma on November 21st at 9:30 a.m.


  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 21, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, November 20, 2011

Barbara Burke Biewer

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Bill Lindblad

March 19, 2012

I remember the gracious Barbara from 1954 when Frank was my skipper on the submarine Catfish. She illuminated a conversation with her descriptions of their young family life and their children's aspirations. Memories of those happy days are now my cherrished property.

January 3, 2012

I remember vividly my early association with Frank and Barbara. My thoughts from day one were, these are two wonderfully decent human beings. When Frank passed, Barbara, with the help of her loving family, carried on with great strength and character. My thoughts go out to her family. Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of Barbara. I know she will be missed. Reed Thompson (Solana Beach)

Mary Schuh Newton

December 24, 2011

To Elaine and family,
We lived across the street from you when both our Navy fathers were stationed in Norfolk,Va about 1961. Though its been 50 yrs,I have fond memories of many happy days at your house.Your mother, Barbara, was a warm and gentle lady, always welcoming. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and I know you will miss her greatly. My deepest sympathy to you all.

Patty Blake

December 1, 2011

So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Ginny. We've lost touch, but I think of you often-especially in December, or whenever we have the wedding pics out. Please know that you are all in my prayers at this difficult time.

Janet Stagnaro

November 24, 2011

I have fond memories of third grade music class from Mrs. Biewer at Sacred Heart Academy in Ocean Beach. My sympathy to the family.

Mary Bowman

November 22, 2011

Julie, we are very sorry for your loss and we are thinking about you. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Mary, David, Katharine, Elise and Rebecca Bowman

Valerie Sullivan

November 21, 2011

I may not be able to be by your side right now but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Ginny and your family in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Your friend Valerie Sullivan

Fernande Sylvain

November 21, 2011

Nos plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille de Madame B.Biewer et particulièrement à Julia et Réjean.

Fernande et Jean-Claude Sylvain de Saint-éphrem-de-Beauce (Qc)

November 20, 2011

Please accept our most sincere condolences.
Ann Burkhardt Simmons and Family

Vicki Maler

November 20, 2011

Sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. She was a wonderful person and my Mom (Jeri Clark) loved to walk over from Savoy St. to visit.