Possible changes to service times: Because of concerns over the novel coronavirus, events like visitations and services may be rescheduled or canceled. Please check with the funeral home or church before leaving to attend an event.

Looking for a particular obituary?

Obits submitted to The Gazette are published online and in the newspaper the next day.

Patricia Burke All Obituaries

MEMORIAL MASS HAS BEEN POSTPONED! Information regarding the rescheduled Mass will be published when available.


Cedar Rapids

Patricia Powers Burke, 86, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Marion, Iowa, passed away Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Arbor Place within The Meth-Wick Community.

A memorial Mass will be held for family and friends at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marion with Father David O'Connor officiating. All guests are required to wear a face mask and abide by social distancing guidelines. A livestream of the funeral Mass may be accessed on the St. Joseph's Catholic Church website www.stjoesmarion.org. Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Marion will be assisting the family.

Pat "Patty" was born Nov. 27, 1934, to Joseph A. Powers and Julia F. (McMahon) Powers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from Franklin High School and was then employed by Allis Chalmers, where she met the love of her life, Jim Burke. Pat and Jim were married on June 2, 1956, in Cedar Rapids. Pat loved spending time with her family, camping, traveling, baking pies, sewing, going to auctions and garage sales, and helping to shape the lives of her children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pat is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Jim Burke; her five children, Linda (David) Schultz of Naples, Fla., Peggy Chute of Marion, John (Sheryl) Burke of Robins, Carol (Dave) Kraayenbrink of Waukee, Iowa, and Brenda (Bill) Stroschein of Marion; 12 grandchildren, Carrie (Ted) Semelroth, Emily (Wes Mallgren) Schultz, Sara (Brandon) DeWitt, Dan Chute, Ava and Olivia Burke, Danielle and Nicole Kraayenbrink, Jordan (Kaelin), Austin, Ryan and Madison Stroschein; as well as seven great-grandchildren, Landon, Addyson and Aiden Semelroth, Gavin and Quinton Mallgren, and Grace and Atlee DeWitt. Pat is also survived by her brothers, George Powers and Joe (Janet) Powers; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Julia Powers; her sisters, Mary (Oliver) Klein, Joan (Wallace) Kann and Julia Darlene Powers; and sister-in-law, Holly Powers.

Our hearts go out to all who loved Pat and cared for her throughout her illness. Memorials in Pat's memory may be directed to the Alzheimer's Foundation on their website at www.alz.org Please leave a memory of Pat you'd like to share with the family at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries. The family will share your loving memories as they celebrate the holidays without their loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Buy flowers
Share a memory of