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SR. MARY FLORENCE (ROSEMARY) BURKE, 93, died peacefully at Mount St. Joseph on March 19, 2021, in the company of her sisters. Her death was considered natural and came after a period of decline attributed to aging. She was born in Wheeling, W.Va., on June 15, 1927. She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. and Agnes (Garrity) Burke; her brothers, Wilbert and George Burke; her sisters, Kathleen Arbogast and Margaret Reinbold; and her nieces, Virginia Susan Gallaway and Rosemary Robinson. She is survived by many nephews and nieces as well as grand-nephews and grand-nieces. Sister Mary Florence Burke entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Wheeling, W.Va., on September 8, 1945, having been taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph for twelve years. She served as teacher and principal in schools throughout the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston including Williamson, W.Va., Weston, W.Va., Charleston, W.Va., Clarksburg, W.Va., and Wheeling, W.Va. She worked as the librarian at Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, W.Va., for many years and was an active member of Cathedral Parish. Sr. Mary Florence loved her students and the faculty, staff and parishioners with whom she served. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph Auxiliary, the Wheeling Hospital Auxiliary, CCHS/SJA Alumnae Association, CCHS School Advisory Council and the National Catholic Educational Association. In 2020, Sr. Mary Florence celebrated 75 years as a Sister of St. Joseph. Sr. Mary Florence’s funeral liturgy at Cathedral Parish in Wheeling, W.Va., on March 24th at 10 a.m. Visitation at the Cathedral from 9-10 a.m. prior to the funeral. The funeral liturgy will be livestreamed via Tribu-Cast. A link is available at by clicking on sister’s name. Graveside services will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Following COVID-19 safety guidelines, family and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements are provided by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling, W.Va.

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