Lavern Burke, 92, of Mayville, ND, formerly of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Mayville Lutheran Memorial Home with loving family at her side.
Lavern Burke, 92, of Mayville, ND, formerly of Devils Lake, ND, passed away on Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Mayville Lutheran Memorial Home with loving family at her side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Devils Lake at 10 a.m. with the Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. Lavern Olson was born May 22, 1927, to Alfred and Ruth Olson at Hampden, ND. When she was two, the family moved to a farm two miles west of Derrick, ND. She attended grade school at Derrick, graduated from Edmore High School and went on to receive her teaching certificate from Minot State Teacher’s College. Her first teaching job was in Fancher School Township, rural Edmore. On June 12, 1947, Lavern was united in marriage to John M. Burke at Starkweather, ND. They moved to Fort Meade, Maryland, where John was stationed in the Army. While living in Maryland, Lavern worked in the Credit Department of Montgomery Ward in Baltimore, later at Boulevard Motors in the Bookkeeping Department in Laurel and also taught first and second grade at Jessup Public School for two years. When John was deployed to Korea, Lavern returned to ND and was the cashier at Citizens State Bank in Edmore, ND. They moved to Kansas City, Kansas and Lavern was a secretary to the Vice President of Owens Corning Fiberglass until they returned to ND. In 1956, they purchased the Utgaard Funeral Home in Maddock, ND, and later the Furniture Store. In 1961, they purchased the Toomey-Sorvick Funeral Chapel in Devils Lake and lived, worked and raised their family here through the years. In 1968, Lavern started the Gift and Hobby Shop. Lavern was very talented as an artist, a seamstress, rosemaler and gardener. She created so many beautiful items which she shared with family and friends and also sold in her Gift Shop. She was also an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Gerard’s Circle, Catholic Daughters and sang in the church choir. She also enjoyed membership in Beta Sigma Phi and the Shakespeare Club. In 2016, Lavern moved to Mayville to be closer to family. Lavern is survived by; her sons, Dr. Larry Burke and his wife, Susan of Williston, ND, and John Bruce Burke and his wife, LouAnn of Portland, ND; grandchildren, Kara (Brent) Wolf, Tanya (Matt) Strand, Dana Burke, Sara (Mike) Engen, Ryan Burke (Kelly Vranicar) and Chris (Ashley) Burke; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Lavern was preceded in death by; her parents; her husband, John on November 14, 2012; and her sister, Ruby Johnson.