Joanne E. Burke, 61

Joanne E. Burke, 61

LYNN — Joanne E. (Moller) Burke, age 61, of Lynn, died on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, surrounded by her loving family, following a year-long, courageous battle with cancer. She was the loving and devoted wife of Richard C. Burke, with whom she shared 36 years of marriage.

Born in Marlborough in 1956, she was the daughter of Janet (Young) Moller of Ipswich and the late James A. Moller, who predeceased her in May. Joanne was raised and educated in Danvers and graduated from Danvers High School in 1974. She attended Westfield State College and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in 1978. She met the love of her life at the former Towne Lyne House, Lynnfield. They relocated to Denver, Colo., for three years, before moving to Lynn.

She worked at Star Sportswear Manufacturing Co., LEO (Lynn Economic Opportunity Inc.) and Ben Peralta Shoes. For the past 25 years, Joanne worked as an accountant at Paul Law, Inc. She was a member and supporter of the Lynn Museum.

Joanne had a big heart and always made sure the people in her life felt loved. She enjoyed cooking and throwing parties, especially the annual 4th of July party she held at her Pine Hill home. She loved her kids’ friends as though they were her own and always set extra places at the dinner table. Joanne cherished her relationships with her friends, clients, and, through her illness, her doctors and nurses. She loved spending time with her family and the trips they would take to Cape May, N.J. Most of all she treasured her time with her granddaughter Erin.

In addition to her husband Richard and her mother Janet, Joanne is survived by her loving children, Christine E. (Burke) O’Hara and her husband Daniel of Beverly and Steven R. Burke of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her cherished granddaughter, Erin O’Hara; her brothers, Jeffrey Moller and his wife Rosemary of Norristown, Pa., and Jon Moller and his wife Laura of Exeter, N.H.; her sister, Jane Bitchell and her husband Michael of Peabody; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marianne Burke, Pat and Rita Burke, Regina and Tom Creeley, Chris and Denise Burke, and Dan and Maddie Burke, and her many nieces and nephews who she loved.  

Service information: A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at a later date. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Route 129), Lynn. Donations in Joanne’s memory may be made to: To Show We Care at Directions and online guestbook at


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