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Updated: 04/27/2014 08:00:02AM

Margarette E. Burke

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Margarette E. Burke, 95, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Friday, April 25, 2014.

She was born June 16, 1918, in Hamilton, Ohio.

Margarette moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1959 from Sandusky, Ohio, and devoted her life to loving, caring for, and nurturing her family until the very end. She was a beautician by trade, but gave up her “career” for the never-ending occupation of motherhood. That continued with raising her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Her life was centered by her unwavering faith and devotion to the Lord. Margarette was a founding member of the Port Charlotte Civic Association and Peace Lutheran Church.

Margarette will be greatly missed by her son, Forest E. (Cherie) Burke; daughters, Mary Burke and Elizabeth Bowling; grandsons, George (Theresa) Abele, Franklin (Debbie) Abele, Richard Abele, Michael (Amber) Bowling and Forest P. Burke; granddaughters, Sheri (Wade) Pearson, Keri (Richard) Cagiano, Erica Campbell and Kaitlyn Burke; niece and God-daughter, Jackie Fowler; 17 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Charlotte, with the service in celebration of Margarette’s life following. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens in Port Charlotte. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2565 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33952. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest book.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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