Frances Noella Burke - Ava, Mo.

Frances Noella Burke - Ava, Mo.

Frances Noella “Fran” (Palmisano) Burke, 69, passed to heaven on July 1, 2013, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo.

Fran was born Jan. 12, 1944, in Providence to Angelo and Ruth (Larsh) Palmisano. Fran was a resident of the Ava community for several years.

On May 26, 1962, Fran and James “Jim” Burke were united in marriage in Bellingham, Mass., and to this union one daughter, Angie, was born.

She was a retired machine operator from Copeland Corporation in Ava, Mo., and she also worked for Hagales Clothing Co. in Ava for several years.

She was a longtime member of First General Baptist Church in Ava. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Silver Sneakers. Fran enjoyed painting, doing crafts, gardening, fishing and especially being with her grandchildren.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; Michael Palmisano; and a brother-in-law, Mike Munschy.

Fran is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Burke, Ava, Mo.; one daughter and husband, Angie and Chris Burress of Ava; two grandchildren, Dustin Burress and Jessica Burress; one great-grandson, Artemis Adams; two sisters, Evelyn Munschy and Nancy Palmisano, both of North Smithfield, R.I.; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Services for Fran were held July 5, 2013, in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo., with burial in the Ava Cemetery. Rev. Marvin Wray and Pastor James Hathcock officiated. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Services conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo., www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome.com