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“I'd like to extend my sympathies to Agnes' family and her friends. Agnes was a superb tour guide, beloved by her colleagues and appreciated by the...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Naomi Wheatley - Cambridge, MA

“Bo Mike and the rest of the Burke family, I was real sorry to hear of your loss. I often think about the times growing up on Adams St. with all of...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Stephen Maddens - melrose, MA

“My Mother wasa wonderful lady in so many ways ON behalf of the entire Burke family we like to extend a special thank you for all your kind support...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: mary lou - mashpee, MA - daughter

“Dear Burke Family, To be the mother of a large family takes a very special person, and indeed Mrs. Burke was. I will always remember her as kind,...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Dan Foley - Mont Vernon, NH

“Although I haven't seen Ms. Burke in many years she was always a wonderful lady and host to me in the days that I hung around with son Tom and...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: John Scarpa - Ipswich, MA

“To All of the Burke Family My deepest sympathy to all of you Your mom was one of the nicest people I ever met such a sweet lady I will keep you...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Linda Stevenson(Slavin) - Melrose, MA

“Dear Burke Family, I was sadded to hear of the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. All the...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: Paul Chasse - Magnolia, MA

“To The Burkes so Sorry To hear About Your Mother She Was The Best My Second Mother Thank You For Being A Big Part Of My Life AG I Love You And Miss...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Ernie Cathy Karelas - MA

“My dear friend Mary. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. Your...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Suzanne and Frank Walker - MA

“To the Burke Family thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Beth Olivier Ribble - NC

“To the Burke Family thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. ”
11 of 19 | Posted by: Beth - Elizabeth City, NC

“To the Burke family: Heartfelt thanks to your Mom 38 years belated. A wonderful CCD teacher, loving mother and woman of phenomenal strength and...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Prendergast - Sandwich, MA

“Dear Tim & Bo, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Peace and Love, Darlene Hyldburg ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: Darlene Hyldburg - Boston, MA

“We will all miss Agnes so much, she and I had so many great trips together. Lots of fun and laughs everywhere we went.I will miss her so much.Our...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Kathleen Gamage - Cornville,, ME

“I am so sorry to hear about your loss. She will be missed. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: JENNIFER HALLISSEY - MALDEN, MA

“Dear Cindy and your entire family, Our deepest and sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Joyce Terrio - Norfolk, MA

“My Mother has always been my very best friend in good times and bad She was alaways the rock of our family She was alwawys there for each and and...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: mary lou - daughter

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as we fondly remember the wonderful times spent with Aunt Agnes. With Love. Charlie, Susan , Alex...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Charlie, Susan , Alex and Sam - ME

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
19 of 19 | Posted by: John W., John H. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Barthlomew


Agnes J. (Perrault) Burke, of Melrose, died at the Golden Living Elmhurst Nursing Center in Melrose on Dec. 28, 2012 at the age of 89. Agnes was born and raised in Skowhegan, ME and was a graduate of Bloomfield Academy in Maine. She resided in Melrose since 1966 and worked as a Historic Tour Guide for Michaud Tours in Salem and Yankee Holiday Tours for over 25 years before her retirement. Agnes was a founding member of the New England Tour Guide Association and taught CCD at home for many years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, cooking and telling stories.

Agnes was the beloved wife of Robert J. Burke for 65 years. Loving mother of Michael Burke of FL; Mary DePalma & her husband Jerry and Cynthia MacDonald & her husband Kevin, all of Cape Cod; Daniel Burke & his wife Susan of Malden; Timothy Burke of Melrose; Robert Burke & his wife Eileen of Melrose and the late Thomas, John Hector and Kevin Burke. Cherished grandmother of Thomas, Kristen, Mikki, Katie, Alex, Jack, Shannon and the late Jacob. Caring great- grandmother of Tivoli, Ari, Emori, Amiti, Kenneth and Kellen. Sister of Katie Gamage of ME, Joan Scheferman of NY and the late Marguerite Buteau and Joseph Perrault. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday January 4th at 9:45 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial in the Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose at 11 AM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4-8 PM. Burial will be at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose, following the Mass.