Lorena C. Burke, 99, Celestine

Lorena C. Burke, 99, of Celestine, died Sunday (September 3) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born March 6, 1919, to Herman and Matilda (Schnell) Reckelhoff. She married Herman Burke November 12, 1938. He died January 10, 1956.

Lorena was a homemaker and a lifelong member of St. Celestine Catholic Church and its St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann Boeglin and husband Randy, Huntingburg; one son, Eugene Burke, Celestine; one daughter-in-law, Patty Burke, Celestine; one sister, Marcella “Sally” Davis, Sharpsburg, Georgia; two brothers, Frank Reckelhoff, Jasper, and Roman Reckelhoff and wife Rosie, Cincinnati, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Diann Haas, Yvonne Haller, Chris, Adam and Phil Burke, Brandon Boeglin, Jayme Tevault, and Shannon Scatena; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son, Herb Burke, one daughter-in-law, Rita Burke, four sisters, Emma Hovelkamp, Louise Loesche, Veronica Koch, and Adeline Seger; and one brother, Oscar Reckelhoff.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday (September 6) at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Members of St. Isidore Parish will pray a rosary at 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish, Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Celestine Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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