Dr. James Leo Burke

Born: Tue., Nov. 15, 1938
Died: Sun., Jun. 17, 2007

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Dr. James Leo “Jim” Burke Dr. James Leo “Jim” Burke, age 68, of Greensboro, Georgia, died on Sunday, June 17, 2007 at his home. Dr. Burke was born on November 15, 1938, in Lewiston, Maine to the late Francis John Burke and Margaret Irene Young. After graduating from Lewiston High School in 1956, he entered the University of Maine where he received his bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering in 1960. The next six years were spent at the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin where he received his Doctorate in 1966. He married his wife of forty-two years, JoAnn Mary Joosten in 1965. His career began at Mead Paper Company in Chillicothe, Ohio as a Chemical Engineer. He lived in Ohio until 1969 and then transferred to Escanaba, Michigan. From Escanaba he went to Waterloo Brussells Belgium and then back to Chillicothe, Ohio. After leaving Mead he moved to Claremont, California to work with Garden State Paper Company. In the summer of 1986 he transferred to Upper Saddle River, New Jersey with Garden State. He then went to Dublin, Georgia in 1991 as Vice President of Southeast Paper Manufacturing which later became South Pacific Paper Manufacturing. On January 1, 2004 he retired as President and CEO of South Pacific Manufacturing. He and his wife, JoAnn, came to Greensboro, Georgia in March of 2005. He was a member of Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Mary Joosten Burke, in January of this year. He is survived by a daughter, Kelly Ann Burke of Minneapolis, MN; a son, Robert Keith Burke of Virginia Beach, VA; a sister, Elaine Sylvia of Kesar Falls, ME and a host of other relatives and friends. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Our King & Savior Catholic Church in Greensboro, GA with Father G. Philip Ryan officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge. Serving as pallbearers are Thomas Hahn, Joe Gorman, David Vandenberg, Ronald Sylvia, Dominic Ingrando and Pete LaBella. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Leukemia Cancer Research at Winship Cancer Institute, Development Office, 1762 Clifton Road, Plaza 1000, Atlanta, GA 30322. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.

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Jeannette Piette
   Posted Fri June 22, 2007
To Fran, Kelly and Robert, My deepest sympathy to all of you. Fran is a very dear friend of mine. Kelly, I met you recently here in Appleton. Rob, I only saw you at your mother's funeral. I feel like I know both of you, Kelly and Rob, because your grandmother has often spoken to me about her grandchildren since you were little children. Losing both parents in so short a time is very sad. You are in my prayers. Your faith will keep you strong. With my love and prayers, Jeannette Piette

Sharon Hamner
   Posted Sun June 24, 2007
I am a real estate agent in Gulf Breeze. I sold your parents their home in Willowood and the one on Harbor Lane. They were both warm and wonderful people. When Hurricane Opal damaged our home on the beach, they very generously allowed me and my family to stay at their home in Willowood. They had many, many friends here. The world is a better place because they were here. You have my deepest sympathy. Sharon Hamner

Debbie (Steinetz) Denton
   Posted Fri July 06, 2007
May our Lord watch over and keep you during this difficult time of loss. With sympathy, Debbie