Brenda Burke

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Brenda M. Burke, nee Tipping, 91, of Belleville, IL, born January 17, 1929, in Manchester, England, died Thursday, November 5, 2020, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Brenda was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her kind spirit and gentle soul left an impression on everyone she met. Her extraordinary life journey is one to be admired. Brenda’s love to travel started at a young age when she crossed the ocean to marry her ‘Sweet William’. Brenda met Bill when he was stationed in England during WWII and was a member of the British Wives Club, later the Transatlantic Brides. Mrs. Burke, along with her husband Bill, was a very involved member of First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL. She was a living example of her faith: with a compassionate, selfless, and tender heart, she served the Lord by showing grace and patience for all who crossed her path. In her early years, Brenda enjoyed working as a Tea Room Model in St. Louis, and then spent 16 years at the Greater Belleville Savings and Loan. She was also a member of Belleville Elks Lodge 481, Belleville/Swansea Woman of the Moose Lodge 1221. She had a permanent reservation at Fischer’s Restaurant, where many memories were made throughout the years. You could find Brenda on the dance floor, kicking up her heels to Big Band music. She enjoyed her “cuppa tea” and sharing her English traditions, painting, and entertaining friends during happy hour. Above all, her family was the light of her life. Her greatest joy were her precious children, including their dear spouses and dearest Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, William R. Burke, whom she married on May 11, 1946, and who died on November 2, 2017; a son-in-law, Fred Leone; and her parents, William J. and Mary Jane, nee McCrum, Tipping.

Surviving are a son, Robert (Judi) Burke of Greensboro, NC; two daughters, Linda Leone of Belleville, IL, and ​Kimberly (Dale) Hindman of Belleville, IL; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Laura) Leone, Nicholas (Alissa) Leone,​Kevin (Emily) Burke, Andrew (Laura) Burke, Amanda Cox (fiancé Matt Ahlberg), ​Broc Hindman and Cory (Grace) Hindman; ten great-grandchildren, Isabella Leone, Matthew, Jonathan, and Ryan Burke, Holden Burke, Caleb and Carly Cox, Hailey Hindman, Piper and Arya Hindman, and one more on the way; dear friends, Denver Russ and Beverly Crum of Belleville, IL; special cousins, Norma, Paul, Edna and Edna Dell; and many other wonderful friends and cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Esquiline ‘A Life Plan Community at the Shrine’ for the love and care given to our Mother.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church or pay it forward by offering a kind gesture to a stranger, in memory of Brenda Burke. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Due to current restrictions, Private funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Friday, November 13th, 2020 via zoom, at First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating. A celebration of life and graveside ceremony will take place next spring.

Zoom information:

Meeting ID: 816 8779 2322
Passcode: 479818

Burial will be at Kolmer Memorial Cemetery, Waterloo, IL.


17 Comments on Brenda Burke

Enrico and Grace Farinas said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2020 at 4:31 PM

Our condolence, thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Burke family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Jerri Lorenz said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2020 at 8:05 AM

Hugs to Kim, Linda and Bob. Your Mom was one of a kind. I loved her smile and twinkle in her eye. Words fall short of describing her welcoming & kind spirit. She touched so many lives, including mine.

  • Missoula
  • MT
Rosemary & Russ Neu said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2020 at 12:37 PM

Our sympathies to the extended Burke family. Your mom/Nona was a great person - who's pleasant smile will be missed. Be glad she is now smiling with Bill.

  • St. Charles
  • Missouri
Lisa Willaims said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2020 at 11:07 AM

So sorry for your loss. Brenda and Bill were friends of my parents Vernon & Ina Wissehr. My mother and Brenda were in the British Wives Club together and remained friends throughout her life. She was a lovely person and I know she will be greatly missed.

  • Braselton
  • Georgia
Kimberly Moore said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 6:52 PM

My condolences to the family. I have such fond memories of how patient your mom was with us when we were kids. She was a woman of grace at all times. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of grief.

  • Hagerstowm
  • Maryland
Joan Gibbs said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 12:59 PM

My deepest sympathy to Brenda’s family. Brenda was such a sweet and thoughtful person. I loved hearing stories from my parents, Art and Ruth Weinel, about how Brenda and Bill met, and how romantic it was when she moved to the States from England. The four of them had many fun times over the years, and I was fortunate enough to be invited to some of those joyous occasions when I came back home for a visit. Brenda will be greatly missed. Sending love and blessings.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Edna McCall said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 12:25 PM

I am sending my deepest sympathy to the Burke family and to convey my deep love and affection for our dear Brenda who was a most kind, thoughtful and loving cousin.

  • Mississauga
  • Ontario
Lorna Hendry said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2020 at 12:13 PM

Brenda and my mother Edna were cousins, but were more like sisters, sharing vacations in Manchester and Glasgow as children. Even after marrying their ritual continued in Belleville and Toronto, sometimes with the addition of their families, for more than seventy years. Lois and I have very fond memories of the love these two women shared as 'sisters.' We send our heartfelt condolences to the family.

  • ON
Deborah Trentman said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 12:36 PM

My Mom had no better, loving friends than Mr & Mrs Burke - as a young woman, I worked with Mrs Burke & they became Brenda & "Mr" Burke. I learned to love her even more. Her New Year's parties were legendary - even for we kids! Watching from the stairs & sleeping on the coats was a ritual. She was a big part of my life - I will always love & remember her.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Ken and Jackie Woodome said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 11:01 AM

Everyone loved Brenda. Worked with Brenda and a number of her friends for many years. Even worked with Bob a few years. Beautiful family We will miss her, but will always have the great memories.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joyce & Kimberly Moore said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 8:44 AM

Our most sincere condolences to all of the family. Brenda (& Bill) were such good friends and an extended family to us during our years in Belleville and our friendship lasted through the years. Her kindness and love of humanity should stand as an example for all of us.

  • Hagerstown
  • MD
Sharron Calvanese said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 8:25 AM

My family and I offer our deepest sympathy. Brenda was a very dear friend of mine. I'm sure Bill and Cal are waiting with open arms to welcome her into Heaven.

  • Fort Myers
  • Florida
Sue Ann (Strotheide) Gallagher said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2020 at 7:56 AM

I loved Brenda dearly as a second mom and best friend. We met at GBSL and we stayed in touch as much as possible thru the years. She was the world to me at a difficult time in my life that I am forever grateful for and told her so often. I still have the Christmas English teacup she gave me. I had many wonderful times at her home with her lovely family. My sincerest condolences. Heaven gained another Angel.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Keith abd Debbie Cornell said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2020 at 5:46 PM

Our deepest sympathies to the family. We will always remember the many parties with high spirits and the warm hearted feeling we had when going over to Brenda's home. Much love!

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Robert and Betty Rust said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2020 at 5:44 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and healing thoughts???

  • Swansea
  • IL
Paul Walker said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2020 at 5:40 PM

My heart goes out to all who have deeply felt the loss of our dearly beloved Brenda, gentle and loving matriarch of a beautiful clan. The love that she and Bill shared with each other and with all of us lives on forever. They are models for us all to follow to remember and cherish for generations to come.

  • Webster Groves
  • MO
Jennifer Eversole said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2020 at 4:46 PM

Deepest sympathies on your loss. Heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Ballwin
  • Missouri

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