Margaret M Burke

February 7, 1934November 21, 2021

BERKELEY TWP. – Margaret Burke passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Complete Care of Holiday City. She was 87.

Born in New York City, she resided in Union City and then Rochelle Park before settling in the Holiday City South community of Toms River 36 years ago.

Prior to retiring, Margaret was a secretary for United Parcel Service in Secaucus (where she met her husband), then for Tenneco in Saddle Brook/Paramus and Becton-Dickinson in Franklin Lakes. She was an avid reader and one of the first volunteers at the Rochelle Park Library.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 25 years, John in 1981; her parents – Michael and Margaret Petrula, her siblings – Mary Garver, Dolores Kulik, Ann O’Rourke and John Petrula. Surviving are her children: John Burke, Jr., and Maryellen Martinelli; and her grandson, Daniel Martinelli (Sara).

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at 10AM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Toms River under the direction of Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, Toms River. Interment will immediately follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

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  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021


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Henry and Felice Tatgenhorst

November 28, 2021

It is with great sadness that we learned of Margarets passing. We all have such fond memories of Margaret from the moment we moved in next door in Rochelle Park to the numerous holidays we spent together. Margaret was always there to help and offer advice. She was pleasant and cheerful and always added to the holiday fun. She will be missed though we will always think of her in our fondest memories.