Donna M. Burke, 54
Donna M. Burke, age 54, of New Hampton, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at MercyOne North Iowa Hospice from unexpected complications of an aneurysm.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Holy Family Parish with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating the mass. For family members attending the funeral mass, face masks and social distancing are required. The family welcomes those not in attendance to view the mass via Facebook Live through Conway-Markham Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton. In Lieu of flowers and monetary gifts, memorials may be directed to Comprehensive Systems of Charles City, IA. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com.
Donna Marie was born December 13, 1966, the daughter of Irvin and Marie (Balk) Blong. She attended and graduated from Turkey Valley High School in the class of 1985. After completing her education, Donna worked at Mabe’s Pizza in Decorah as a waitress where she met her future husband, Craig Burke. The couple were united in marriage on September 9, 1989 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas. They made their home on the Burke Family Farm where they welcomed three boys, Jeremy, Joshua and Jordan. Donna obtained her CNA license and worked at the Cresco Care Center and then as a Home Health Aid for Winneshiek County Public Health Department for a number of years. After leaving the public health field, Donna continued to provide care in private home settings. Throughout the years, Donna was an avid golfer, and bowler. She traveled as a school chaperone with her son Josh to a number of events with ELP, including a trip to Washington D.C. It was easy to see that her children were her pride and joys. This past year, Donna welcomed her first grandson, Sebastian Charles. Donna loved to chat and never met a stranger! She was a member of Holy Family Parish and Rosary Society.
Those left to cherish Donna’s memories are her husband of 31 years, Craig Burke of New Hampton; her sons, Jeremy Burke of New Hampton, Josh (Kayla) Burke of Cedar Falls, IA and Jordan Burke, also of New Hampton; her grandson, Sebastian; her parents, Irvin and Marie Blong of Fort Atkinson, IA; her siblings, Ron (Donna) Blong of Fort Atkinson, Dr. David (Brenda) Blong of Chariton, IA, Karen (Jon) Kiss of Mason City, IA and Leon Blong of New Hampton, IA; her mother-in-law, Marcella Burke of New Hampton; sister-in-law, Michele (Alan) Kirkdorffer of Harrisonburg, VA and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Charles Burke and several aunts and uncles.