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Celebrating the life of
Clemens Stephan"Steve" Burke
January 18, 1928 - February 27, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 11:00am - Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • White Bluff Presbyterian Church
  • 10710 White Bluff Rd. (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 927-1731

Billy. Jon and Andy. So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. He was a good friend and he will be missed.

Willis Shellman, Savannah, Ga

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in Isaiah 26:19 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

Trotty Family, Snellville, GA

Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will always remember how lively Steve was and how he loved to reminisce about the good old days!

Jenifer Paul , Pooler , GA

Our sincere condolences in the loss of your father/husband.

Robert Rees Family, Savannah, GA

I believe that Steve was a wonderful person. I wasn't fortunate to have known him a long time, but I always enjoyed Steve and Margaret's Company. Steve was always enthusiastic, happy and laughing a lot. I know his Love for Margaret was dear to Steve. He was always talking about his Margaret and couldn't praise her enough. Steve was not the least bit selfish. He shared his time, his memories and his music with all that would listen. I enjoyed being his friend and Steve will really be missed by many friends. I really loved Steve.

Roger Maine, Eden, Ga.

Sorry to learn of Steve' passing. Larry will miss Mr.Burke but will never forget his "neighbor". We are out of town and sadly regret we can not attend this funeral. God speed dear friend.

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My condolences to the Burke Family on the passing of your loved one. Please find comfort in knowing that your loss is shared and that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has promised to bring our loved ones back to life. John 5:28[Do not be amazed at this,for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hwar his voice and come out] Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA

Clemens “Steve” Burke passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the age of 89, after a period of declining health.

Steve was born in 1928 in Mahanoy City, PA to Dr. Clemens Stanley Burke and Sarah Fry Burke.  He was the oldest of six children and developed a love for music at an early age.  He learned to play the piano, a talent he would enjoy and share with others for the rest of his life.  Steve loved to entertain people with his piano playing and joke telling, and really enjoyed being the center of attention.

After graduating from high school, Steve joined the Army in 1946 for an 18 month tour.  He was assigned to the 20th infantry, 6th division, and served at Camp Sykes in Kwangsu, Korea.  After serving in the Army, he returned home to continue his education at Franklin and Marshall College, graduating in 1951, and then at Middlebury College, graduating in 1958 with Masters’ degrees in Spanish and German languages.  Steve was also the recipient of several study abroad scholarships that allowed him to study in Europe and Mexico.  He met his first wife, Patience “Pat” Lovell, in Vermont and the two were married in Bennington in 1959.  They had three children, William, Jonathan and Andrew.  Steve taught Spanish and German at the high school level for over 40 years.  His early teaching career was in Blairstown, NJ teaching at the prestigious Blair Academy.  In 1972 Steve and his family moved to Savannah where he began teaching at Savannah Country Day School.  He would teach there for four years before finishing his career at Effingham County High School.  He had many fond memories of teaching kids in Savannah and Springfield and would always enjoy seeing them again in his retirement when out and about.

 

Steve was twice a widower in the 90’s.  After that, Steve said he was never going to get married again unless it was to somebody considerably younger and in excellent health.  Several years later he was blessed to find that person in Margaret Foster.  Steve and Margaret married in 2002.  Steve enjoyed his retirement traveling all over the world and enjoying a vibrant social life in Savannah as a member of the Elks Club, the Penguin Club, and several other social clubs.  He enjoyed playing the piano with regularity in nursing homes around Savannah, and he was an active member of White Bluff Presbyterian Church since 1972.  Steve would like to be remembered for his anecdotes and jokes, which always induced hearty laughter from family members and anyone he encountered in his daily activities.  He especially loved to play and sing “Good Morning Breakfast Clubbers” to his children and grandchildren when they visited.  Steve had fond memories of his years spent in New Jersey, ice skating on Blair Academy Pond, his summers spent in Vermont, hiking and picking wild raspberries, and especially the special times when his children and grandchildren would come to Savannah to visit.

Steve was preceded in death by his first two wives and his sisters, Sally and Nancy.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret Foster Burke, siblings Patsy Hametz, Tim Burke and Sue Marley, sons Bill Burke (Leslie), Jon Burke (Tami), and Andy Burke (Lisa), and grandchildren Alex, Kyle, Kaci, Halle, James, Joci and Adam.

A memorial service to celebrate Steve’s life will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 11th at White Bluff Presbyterian Church, 10710 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31406.  The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Bluff Presbyterian Church.

 

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GUEST BOOK

Billy. Jon and Andy. So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your families. He was a good friend and he will be missed.

Willis Shellman, Savannah, Ga

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in Isaiah 26:19 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

Trotty Family, Snellville, GA

Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will always remember how lively Steve was and how he loved to reminisce about the good old days!

Jenifer Paul , Pooler , GA

Candle tribute lit by Liz Dadin — Georgia

Our sincere condolences in the loss of your father/husband.

Robert Rees Family, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by The Rees Family — Georgia

I believe that Steve was a wonderful person. I wasn't fortunate to have known him a long time, but I always enjoyed Steve and Margaret's Company. Steve was always enthusiastic, happy and laughing a lot. I know his Love for Margaret was dear to Steve. He was always talking about his Margaret and couldn't praise her enough. Steve was not the least bit selfish. He shared his time, his memories and his music with all that would listen. I enjoyed being his friend and Steve will really be missed by many friends. I really loved Steve.

Roger Maine, Eden, Ga.

Sorry to learn of Steve' passing. Larry will miss Mr.Burke but will never forget his "neighbor". We are out of town and sadly regret we can not attend this funeral. God speed dear friend.

, ,

My condolences to the Burke Family on the passing of your loved one. Please find comfort in knowing that your loss is shared and that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has promised to bring our loved ones back to life. John 5:28[Do not be amazed at this,for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hwar his voice and come out] Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, Lawrenceville, GA


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