Mary Burke

Mary Burke (Trondsen)

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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Mary Trondsen Burke passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. She was born in Corning on November 12, 1947, the daughter of Florence and Carl Trondsen.

She attended East High school as a member of the graduating class of 1965. She graduated as salutatorian of her class at Corning Community College 1967, holding a degree in Applied Science. She worked for Corning at Sullivan Park. She then transitioned to a full-time homemaker.

In addition to her parents, Mary was also predeceased by her beloved aunt, Frances Personius (2002) and several other dear family members.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Burke; daughters, Deborah (Gregory) Allen and Holly Burke; sister, Nancy Morse; brother, James (Jane) Trondsen; and sister-in-law, Patricia Buchinger. Also, surviving are her three beloved grandchildren; Emma, Madeline, and Charlie Allen (triplets). All of whom she loved so very much.

In addition, survivors include nieces, Kathleen (Steven) Halm and Eileen (Chris) Arthur; nephews, Joseph (Lisa) Morse; Matthew (Angela) Morse; Jeffrey (Lauren) Trondsen; William (Denise) Trondsen and their children.

Mary was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She so valued her family and poured her heart into loving, caring, and always being present for them. Mary made her home a place of comfort and provided it as a steadfast refuge for her husband and children, their friends, and her grandchildren. She always had a prepared meal or snack to offer; all were welcome. Her famous, homemade chocolate-chip cookies were one of her trademarks and symbols of her love. She also enjoyed the arts, especially attending musical theater, plays, band performances, doing ceramics, and painting watercolor. Mary always had art supplies ready for her grandchildren.

Mary had a calling to care and attend to others, such as her parents in their later years and her daughter and son-in-law when they welcomed the birth of triplets. She always kept a running list of what was needed. Mary offered her love through unwavering support and deeds of service in so many ways; they cannot all be listed. Her family takes comfort, knowing that her memory, love, and spirit lives on in all of those lives she touched.

Family and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W Pulteney St., Corning. A private memorial service will be held immediately following. Burial will take place in the family plot in Hope Cemetery, Corning. All COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Facemasks and social distancing will be required.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's name may be sent to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Ave, Elmira, NY 14903.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service
    17 W. Pulteney Street
    Corning, New York 14830
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  • Interment

    Hope Cemetery
    Park Avenue
    Corning, New York 14830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email Passcode: 719857


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Posted at 04:59pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Cecilia Stiles

Posted at 09:21am
Mary and I have been neighbors for 43 years and most importantly she was my friend, I will miss her deeply. I remember when My husband Jim and I moved into our home next to her house and she came up to me and we talked and talked. At that moment that was where our friendship started. My children Shannon and Kristopher played with Holly as they were growing up. Becky was our trusted babysitter. Shannon send the Burke family her love especially to her best childhood friend and Kristopher sends condolences to the Burke family. We all have gone separate ways but we all still have good memories of our years in the past. Good by friend and neighbor. I will see you again. Cecilia Stiles, Shannon and Eric Rappa and children Ashlynn. Aryn, August James, and Kristopher and Tami Stiles and daughter Kira. With all our love.

Love, the Blake, Klines and Bills families

Posted at 08:51am
Sending love and prayers for a wonderful Mom and amazing family. We are thinking of you all.
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Deborah Allen

Posted at 11:47am
Mom was easy to get giggling, Holly and I always enjoyed getting her giggling just as she was about to place an order in the speaker and the drive-thru or when playing Balderdash, handing her definitions she couldn’t read with a straight face.

Kathy Scolaro

Posted at 09:51am
Debbie & family,
Mary was a very special person who was loving, kind & considerate. I am proud to say I knew her & how she touched my life. Memories of her are priceless. God bless your family during this difficult time.
Kathy & Dom Scolaro 💕

Deborah Allen Posted at 11:41am

Thank you so much Kathy, you and your family have a special place in our hearts

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