OBITUARY

Viviane R. Burke

January 14, 1938September 30, 2020
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Viviane R. (Mercier) Burke, RN, age 82 of Fall River passed on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. As was her wish, she passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife and best friend of 53 years to the late Matthew F. Burke Sr.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Honore and Amanda (St. Pierre) Mercier, she was a graduate of St. Anthony High School in New Bedford and received her degree in Nursing from the St. Anne’s School of Nursing in Fall River.

Mrs. Burke was a Registered Nurse at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River for 30 years until her retirement. She went on to become the Parish Secretary at St. William’s Church in Fall River where she was awarded the Marian Medal Award in recognition of her dedicated service to the diocesan parish. After St. William’s closing, she followed Rev. Jay T. Maddock to Holy Family Parish in East Taunton where she served as Parish Secretary for several years.

She is survived by her five devoted children, Matthew F. Burke Jr. of Fall River, Tracy Santerre and her husband Gary of Swansea, Kelly (Burke) D’Ambrosio of Rehoboth, Timothy Burke of Fall River, and Patrick Burke and his wife Krissy of Swansea; Grandma to her nine grandchildren who she adored: Allyson, Jenna and Casey Santerre, Kylie, T.J. and Emily D’Ambrosio, and Tyler, Sydney and Cameron Burke; her sister Cecile McGoff and her husband Leo of Brentwood, California, her sister-in-law Mary Nadeau and her husband Gilbert of Somerset and many loving nieces and nephews.

Viv enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren’s sporting events and especially nights spent at Maplewood Park. She also loved hosting annual Christmas parties with a house full of family and friends. In her retirement, she enjoyed casino trips with her husband, as her children would often say “spending their inheritance”, knitting, reading, playing cards with her “wandering eyes”, and looked forward to weekly Sunday gatherings with her family.

Her funeral will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020, at 8:30 am from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Rd., Swansea followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Holy Name Church, 709 Hanover Street, Fall River followed by her interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Fall River. Visiting hours will be Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Darcy Nientimp Scholarship Fund at St. Anne’s Hospital 795 Middle Street Fall River, MA 02721, which provides scholarships for nursing students.

For online tributes and directions, please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com

  • DONATIONS

  • The Darcy Nientimp Scholarship Fund at St. Anne’s Hospital

Services

  • Visiting Hours

    Sunday, October 4, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, October 5, 2020

  • Interment

    Monday, October 5, 2020

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Deanna Boyle

October 13, 2020

Tracy, Kelly, Matt, and family,

So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Scott and Deanna Boyle

Scott Alves

October 4, 2020

Tim, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Scott and Lisa Alves

Steve Cateon

October 4, 2020

My sympathy to Matt and Pat, and the rest of the Burke family.
May God Bless her, and she rest in peace !

Rose Marie Swenson

October 4, 2020

To all the Burke children,

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. No matter wherever we met her, she was always so pleasant and always made us chuckle.
She was very fortunate to have such loving caring children. Hold all your special memories close to your heart.

May she Rest In Peace.

Sincerely,
Wayne and Rose Marie Swenson


Lee Cabral

October 4, 2020

I've known Mrs. Burke since I was a child and I will always remember the way she treated me like I was one of her own children, especially when she made those delicious peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. She was a great neighborhood mom and everybody loves her. A great asset to our neighborhood and community just as Mr. Burke was. I always enjoyed going to 95 Carter St .and being with the Burke's. My thoughts and prayers to all the Burke family and friends.
..thank you Mrs. Burke ❤️ R.I.P.

Raymond and Beverly Arruda

October 4, 2020

Matt, Timmy, Patrick and siblings, we are so sorry to hear about your mother. May your good memories stay with you during this difficult time.

Raymond & Beverly Arruda

Arthur St.Pierre

October 3, 2020

So sorry to hear this sad news, our thoughts and prayers to the family. Unfortunately due to the Covid virus , we will not be able to attend the services but please know that our hearts will be with you now and always. Love, Arthur & Beth

Donna Fortin

October 2, 2020

Although I did not know you personally, I did attend elementary, Jr and high school with your kids. Matt, Kelly and Tracy. May you fly high with the angels and rest in heavenly peace.

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