Helen Frances Burke, 92, passed away peacefully at home Monday, May 25, 2020.She was born June 2, 1927, in Claremont, NH. The daughter of Joseph and Amelia (Yurek) Madeja, she was a lifelong resident of New Hampshire.She worked for Sylvannia, Homestead Industries, and Ames Department Store retiring in 2002. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Virgil H. Barber #892 and Claremont Area AARP Chapter. Helen enjoyed doing puzzles and playing bingo. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and visiting Maine. She was known for her ability to make her friends and family laugh with her stories, Facebook posts, and sharing her life advice.Members of her surviving family include her daughter, Jane (Burke) Hamilton and her husband Mark of Fayetteville, GA; her son, Robert Burke and his wife Jennifer of Claremont; two brothers, Joseph Madeja of Bennington and Robert Madeja and his wife Sherri of Claremont; one sister-in-law, Elaine Madeja of Claremont; grandchildren, Erica Burke and her husband Trevor Barr of Burlington, Stephanie Burke of Laconia, Spencer Burke of Concord, and Rylie Hamilton of Fayetteville, GA, and numerous other family members and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Leo Burke; one brother, Stanley Madeja; three sisters, Jane (Madeja) Adams, Sophie Madeja and Elizabeth Madeja; nephews, Nathan Madeja, Curtis Madeja, Joseph Madeja, and one great nephew, James Thedford.Due to the pandemic, funeral services will be private and open to the Burke family only. A celebration of life will be scheduled later in the year for all to attend.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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