John E. Burke

ROCHESTER, NH – John E. Burke, 80, resi­dent of Rochester, NH, died on Oct. 31, 2015 at Riverside Rest Home, Dover, NH surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Wilton, NH on Jan. 16, 1935, a son of Edward and Cathe­rine (Faustine) Burke. He resided in Rochester for several years and former­ly made his home in Law­renceville, GA for 10 years and Milford for 44 years.

While living in New Hampshire, John had been employed as a pro­duction manager for Ingersoll-Rand for 34 years and after relocat­ing to Georgia, he went to work for Sunds Defibrator.

He was active in his community having served on the Milford Board of Selectmen from 1989- 1990 and as a MCAA Lit­tle League Baseball and Biddy League Basketball Coach. In addition, he also coached Legion Baseball.

John was a commu­nicant of Holy Rosary Church in Rochester and St. Patrick’s Church in Mil­ford. He was a longtime member of Milford Coun­cil Knights of Columbus #3035, 3rd and 4th degree.

He was a loving hus­band, a devoted father and grandfather whose great­est joy came from spend­ing time with his family.

Family members in­clude his wife of 59 years, Lena C. (Saraceno) Burke of Rochester; a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Laurie Burke of Farmington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pa­mela and Dean Larpenter of Sunapee, Sharon and Michael Wells of Green­field; six grandchildren, Shawn, Stephanie and Faith Larpenter, Tyler Lebs, Whitney Dore and James Burke; three great-grandchildren, Arlo Burke, Levi Burke and Ad­dison Dore; a sister, Terese Mullally of Marlborough; a niece, Susan Bobbin; and a nephew, Michael Mullally.

There are no calling hours. A memorial Mass will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to American Parkinson Disease Asso­ciation, New Hampshire Chapter, P.O. Box 838, Man­chester, NH 03101 or on­line at nhapda@apdapar­ Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Mil­ford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, visit