Age 88, of Baldwin Township, died May 7, 2022, at VA Heinz Hospital - Aspinwall. He was born on June 20, 1933, to Martin P. Burke and Rose Carroll Burke of Mt. Washington. He attended St. Justin and St. Vincent Prep Academy, graduating in 1953. The proud and decorated Cold War Army veteran served in U.S. Forces Austria from 1953-1955. He married Bernadette Ann Kunz on May 11, 1957, and they had four children: Rose Marie Burke Newman (John), Martin P., Matthew P. (Lisa), and Mark P. (Susan) Burke, who survive him, along with three grandchildren, Alexandra Burke, Emma Burke Newman, and Owen Burke, as well as many nieces and nephews.
The steelworker, known as “Fred” by millworkers, retired from J&L Steel (LTV) after 39 years of service. He found great pleasure in painting - he assisted renowned artist Robert Qualters with an installation in Hazelwood honoring Pittsburgh steelworkers - hunting and archery, woodworking, stained glass, his Irish heritage, growing Dahlias and following the Steelers. He belonged to the American Legion Post #156, VFW, USFA, Greater Pittsburgh Dahlia Society, and the Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club. Most important, he had a strong and generous heart.
He is survived by his brother Martin P. Burke of Columbus, Ohio, and was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Patricia, Rosemary, and Anna.
Friends and family will be received at Frank F. DeBor Funeral Home, Inc., 1065 Brookline Blvd., 412-561-0380, Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, 2-4, 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, at 10 a.m., in St. Pius X Church, Brookline. Interment to follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. www.deborfuneralhome.com
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