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Regina F. Burke

Regina F. Burke

Regina F. (Wolpert) Burke passed away with the love and comfort of family by her side, Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Born March 28, 1924 in Columbia to the late George and Helen (Courtney) Wolpert, Regina was one of ten children in the Wolpert family. A lifelong member of St. Peter's Church, she participated for years as a choir member and entertained so many as part of the choir's several cabarets. She was also a member of the National Council of Catholic Women and St. Peter's alumni association.

Regina worked in Columbia Banking for 29 years as a teller, then administrative secretary, before joining the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home after a year's retirement drove her crazy. Regina worked as a beloved hostess for Clyde W. Kraft, touching the lives of not only the people who were grieving families, but those who attended those funerals. Regina loved working for Kraft and, after she retired, was often told by other employees of the home that people attending funerals still asked where that "little lady with the white hair" was. It brought tremendous pleasure to her to be a part of the funeral home services knowing she may have positively touched another's life. She was very proud to say she worked for the Clyde Kraft Funeral Home because they were like family to her.

Regina is survived by Paula, her only child, who loved and will miss her with all her heart. She is also survived by sisters, Veronica (Wolpert) Carrigan; Dolores (Wolpert) Stipe and Rose (Wolpert) Smaling. Regina was proceeded in death by her husband, James H. Burke; sisters, Mary (Wolpert) Newcomer and Helen (Wolpert) Hughes; brothers, George, Jr.; Joseph T.; Kenneth R. and, just recently, Lawrence E.

Regina was a kind, gentle, generous and loving woman who helped, touched and brought such joy to the lives of so many people, especially her family. She also loved each and every one of the pets her daughter continually brought into their lives over the many years.

Knowing that her mom and dad are together with so many other beloved family members brings great peace to Paula and the hearts of all those still here on earth mourning her passing.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial from St. Peter's Catholic Church, 212 S. Second St., Columbia, PA 17512 on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Anthony Swamy, Celebrant. Final Commendation and Farewell to follow in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery. There will be no viewing on Wednesday, however family and friends may view at the Clyde W. Kraft Funeral Home, Inc., 519 Walnut St., Columbia, PA on Tuesday evening, April 11, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The recitation of the rosary will begin at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions to St. Peter's Catholic Church in Regina's memory. www.cwkraftfh.com

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