In Memory Of BURKE nee Johnson, Katherine


Visitation Information

Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec
May 1, 2019
13:00 - 15:00 /

Service Information

Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec
May 1, 2019
Burke, Katherine Nee Johnson passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on April 23, 2019.
Beloved wife of the late Gerald Burke. Loving mother of Kerry (Yan Lortie) and Lindsay (Joshua Spence). Cherished grandmother of Quentin and Elliott. Sister to the late Kevin Johnson. She will be greatly missed by her brother Brian Johnson (Diane) and Joanne Johnson (Arnie). She was the daughter of the late Bernard Johnson and the late Katherine Hammill.
Kathy grew up in the Town of Mont Royal and had fond memories of family vacations to Ocean Park, Maine and Cape Cod. In 1970, she graduated from St. Joseph's Teacher's College where her passion for education began as well as many enduring friendships. She taught in many different schools in Montreal, sharing and inspiring youth to find the joy in reading and writing. Kathy went on to complete her Master's degree in Education in 1994, focusing on children's literacy development. She was an active member at St. Patrick's Square and continued to share her love of children's literature with a weekly story hour.
Kathy will be remembered by her family and friends who often shared trips together to Ocean Park, to Lake Champlain and later on in life, to H.O.G. Rallies with her husband, Gerry always by her side.
A funeral service will be held at Kane and Fetterly Funeral Home Chapel, 5301 Decarie Blvd (corner Isabella) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Family will receive condolences from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Fraser Hickson Library at would be appreciated.

Messages for the Family of BURKE nee Johnson, Katherine

From: Robert and Dorothy Bacchiochi

Dear Kerry and Yan

Bob and I are so deeply sorry for your loss. We are praying for peace and comfort for your family during this difficult time.
From: Lianne Laurin & André Bouchard

Dear Kerry and Yan, Lindsay and Josh, Brian and Dianne, Joanne and Arnie,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss.

May she rest in peace.

Lianne & André
From: Lyn French

Joanne, Arnie, Brian, Dianne, Lindsay and Kerry and families - we were so sorry to hear about your loss - will always remember the good times in NB with she and

John and Lyn French
From: Victoria Howard

My sincerest condolences to your family.
From: Judy Matthews

My deepest condolences to Kerry, Lindsay, Brian, Joanne and your families. My heart goes out to all of you.

Judy Matthews
From: Belinda Rother

Dear Kerry and Lindsay, I was so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. The years we shared at LCC showed me that, despite her calm and serious demeanour, Kathy was indeed a “character”. I will remember her always for her keen wit and wonderful sense of humour. Rest in peace with your beloved Gerry, dear Kathy.
From: Johnny

Dear Kerry & Fam,

Every time I saw Kathy, since the 90s, she was always smiling, like in this photo, and treated me kindly as if I was one of her kids in her home. She will be missed!

We are with you in spirit, and sending much love and strength from Turkey and Guatemala.

Johnny, Alejandra, Felix & Lucas
From: Sandy Dettman

R.I.P. Kathy
Many happy memories of good times together.
From: Kerry Ballard

Dear Lindsay and Family,

I am so sorry to hear about your dear mum. She was a lovely colleague who had a generous spirit and a wonderful, sharp sense of humour. I will always remember her love of literature, in particular, of Roald Dahl stories. She took great pleasure in reading to children and encouraging them to write their own pieces of magic. God bless you and your family at this very sad time. - Kerry Ballard
From: Julie Anne Lafleur

Dear Kerry and Lindsay,
I am so sorry for your loss.
I have very fond memories of working with Kathy. She taught me so much. We also shared a lot of laughs!
Please accept my most sincere condolences.
Julie Anne
From: Sandra Davies

I am so sad at the loss of my dear old friend, many good times were spent together. Rest in peace.
From: Betty Morazain Azeff

So sorry for your loss. Share great memories of Kathy.
Peace be with you all.
From: The St. Joe's Girls

Dear Kerry, Lindsay, and family,
When she first walked into the St. Joe’s student lounge over half a century ago, all heads turned and seemed to ask in one breath: Who is that beautiful girl? Over the years we were fortunate to share her life and find out firsthand that her beauty did not end on the surface. Kathy, with her sparkling eyes, easy smile, and innate friendliness seemed to naturally draw you to her. She was an exceptional human being.
Losing one of ours, the St. Joe’s Girls, is sad beyond belief. It’s like watching the face of a glacier fall into the water. What remains will be forever changed. But, what we gained because of her friendship through the years are wonderful memories of shared milestones: marriage, children, careers, travels…more specifically, we will remember she shared her laughter, offered her genuine support, reveled in our girlish camaraderie, and mostly, infected us with her joie de vivre.
Forever in our hearts, Kathy. Rest well, dear friend.
Stas, Donna, Niki, Anne, and Marisa
The St. Joe’s Girls
From: Christopher Shannon - Headmaster, LCC

Deepest sympathy to all family members. Kathy was a much-loved and dedicated member of the LCC Junior School Staff. Special thanks for all of her years of extraordinary dedication to our students and her warm personality and humanity.
From: Janice Naymark and Stephen Hamilton

All three of our children were students in Mrs. Burke's grade 2 class, and she taught our eldest in Kindergarten as well. She encouraged children and made them so proud to be able to read and write. She would "publish" their stories by diligently typing them up (and we had no clue how she could decipher what they were trying to write in Kindergarten), adding their drawings and laminating the package. They would come home so proud to share their published stories.

Our sincerest condolences to her family.
From: Enza Ricci

Sending my sincerest condolences to the family. I worked with Ms. Burke for a short time and have very fond memories of her.
From: Helen Stanczyk and Marilyn Cusson

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Kathy. We had the pleasure of working with Kathy at St. Gabriel's School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
From: James Angelopoulos

Kathy was a wonderful teacher. I enjoyed working with her especially with the grade two musicals. She had a good sense of humour, and we shared quite a few laughs together. I always admired how she she read to the students. She was a gifted story teller. My deepest sympathies to the family.
From: Sonja and Stephen Dowbiggin

We am thinking of you all today as you gather to remember your mother and sister. Comforting happy memories relived with friends and family is our wish for those whom we have come to know through Joanne.
From: Steve Avram

On behalf of the SGWUAFC I would like to send Kathie's family our sincere condolences. We are so sorry for your loss. For many years Kathie was an active member of our alumni group. She was very much liked and appreciated by all our members. May she rest in peace.