Martina Charlotte Burke

January 15, 1923 - November 16, 2015

01/15/1923 - 11/16/2015

Past Services

Thursday November 19, 2015
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Wheeling Chapel
1400 Eoff Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 232-0330 | Directions
Friday November 20, 2015
Mt. Calvary Cemetery-Wheeling
1685 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-0460 | Directions
Friday November 20, 2015
10:30 am
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
1508 Warwood Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003

Martina Charlotte Burke, 92, formerly of Warwood, died Monday, November 16, 2015 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home.
She was born January 15, 1923 in Weston, WV, a daughter of the late Martin and Johanna Pope Burke.

Martina devoted her life to her family, church and diocese. She taught at Cathedral Catholic Grade School and Corpus Christi Catholic School for 36 years. Martina was the organist at Corpus Christi Catholic Church where she played for masses, weddings and funerals. She was a graduate of St. Patrick High School, Weston, WV and won a full scholarship in music to St. Theresa of Avila College, Kansas City, MO, where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music. She played piano for the Wheeling Symphony during the 1950’s and at the Steak House Restaurant in downtown Wheeling.

In addition to her parents, Martina was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent Burke, and 4 sisters; Esther Jane Burke Nagem, Sister Mary Charlotte, SSJ, and Alice Burke Kelly and Anna Burke.

Surviving is a nephew and Godson; Peter S. Nagem and his wife, Natasha of Cleveland, OH, a niece; M. Charlotte Kelly Miller and her husband, James of VA, great nephew and Godson; James W. Miller II and his wife, Lynn of Dallas, TX, great nieces; Charlotte Michele Miller Dempsey and her husband, David of Richmond, VA, P.J. Nagem and her husband, Daniel of Raleigh, NC, Sarah Lyndsey Nagem Quick of Raleigh, NC, 3 great great nieces; Ireland Miller, Bridget Dempsey and Madelyn Estep, 3 great great nephews; Lincoln and Benjamin Estep, along with several cousins.

Friends will be received on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 2-7pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling, WV.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 10:30am at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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8 years ago

Dear Charlotte and family , My thoughts and prayers are with you. Martina { Miss Burke as she was known to so many students}} inspired so many and left an everlasting memory with them. My older son was one of her students . He somehow had a knack for mischief ,but he always said “I only care if Miss Burke believes in me. She is the most important person and I do not want to disappoint her.” She was an angel on earth!!!

8 years ago

Ms. Burke was my music teacher at Cathedral Grade School. She instilled in me a love of singing church music. I have continued to sing in church choirs throughout my life. What a gift she gave me!

Vivian Pack
8 years ago

Dear Charlotte,
Sincere sympathies to you and your family of the passing of your wonderful Aunt Martina. She was such a lovely woman. Her grace and kindness were models of dignity and sincerity that we young and impressionable Cathedral Grade and St. Joseph’s Academy women could imitate.