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Phyllis Marguerite Burke | obituaries

KEOKUK – Phyllis Marguerite Burke, 98, of Keokuk, died on Wednesday November 23, 2022 at River Hills Village in Keokuk.

She was born in Keokuk on March 26, 1924 to Phillip Edward and Marguerite Schmid Filz.

Phyllis graduated from Wayland High School with the class of 1942. She then attended Gem City Business College in Quincy, Illinois.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1945, Phyllis was married to Raymond Burke in Kahoka, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1972.

Phyllis has been employed by several local businesses over the years including Midwest Carbide, Drydens, Swifts Turkey Processing and the Keokuk Community School District. She later served with the Lee County Recorder’s Office as an assistant recorder until her retirement in 1987.

Phyllis was a Catholic and attended St. Francis DeSales Church in Keokuk and later All Saints Parish where she served on several committees including the Rosary Society and Ladies of Charity where she assisted at funeral banquets. She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women.

Phyllis was an avid reader and enjoyed going to the library. She loved working in her vegetable garden and preserving all the green beans she grew every summer. Phyllis was a wonderful cook and prepared delicious meals for her family. She loved to travel and never missed an opportunity to go on an adventure with her sister and cousin.

She leaves behind two sons, Dennis Burke (Melody) of Montrose and James Burke of Keokuk; a daughter Jeanne Ferris of Rock Island, Illinois; four grandchildren, Daniel Burke, Robert Burke, Scott Burke and Jenna Schofield; a stepdaughter Michelle Sage; and three great-grandchildren, Sean Burke, Dylan Burke and Keegan Burke. She is also survived by a sister Joanne Hopson (Karl) of Eerie, Illinois; a brother Robert Filz (Edith) of Bowen, Illinois; a sister-in-law Pat Felt of Quincy, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, her parents also preceded her in death; a sister of Vera Zinnert; and two brothers, Alan “Peanut” Felt and Richard Felt.

A Christian funeral service will be held Tuesday at 10:30 am at All Saints Parish in Keokuk, where Rev. David Brownfield, Ph.D. will officiate. Burial will take place at Keokuk National Cemetery.

Memorials can be made at All Saints Parish.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.vigenmemorialhome.com.

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