I am researching this same family.I believe that I am related to Virgie Effie (Haney) Burke.She was born in Arkansas and I believe her parents to be Charles Wilson Haney and Mary E. Hale.I am trying to learn anything I can about Virgie and her parents - especially when/where her parents died.I know almost nothing about her.
In response to your query, I just found this obituary for John "Harrison" Burke (1910-2005).His sister Ellen (Burke) Rogers died in Sept. 1992 in Oklahoma.His younger sister Mabel L. "Mablelue" (Burke) Shelton is still living in Oklahoma City, I believe.Mabel's husband, Wilmer G. Shelton, died June 17, 2001.
Tracy Press (published on web site: June 22, 2005)
John Harrison Burke
Oct. 23, 1910 — June 11, 2005
Services will be Friday for former Tracy resident John Harrison Burke, 94, who died Saturday at Oak Valley Hospital.
Mr. Burke was born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma. He moved to California in 1937 due to the Dust Bowl. During World War II, he worked in construction for the government, building runways for fighter planes. He also helped build camp parks in Dublin.
In 1941, he married Winnie Craford. After the war, Mr. Burke worked for Owens-Illinois Glass Co. in Oakland where he retired after 22 years. They lived in Yuma, Ariz., for a few years, then moved to his son’s ranch in Tracy, where he lived 20 years. He then moved to Oakdale with his son in 1999.
Mr. Burke loved and worked with horses all his life. He often told stories about his cowboy days and his hard trek from Oklahoma to California during the Dust Bowl. His stories of old times will live on in the hearts of his family and friends, and his wisdom, dedication and inability to complain, no mater what the circumstance, will never be matched or broken.
Mr. Burke is survived by children Bob Burke, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Oakdale, and Sue Simpkins, and her husband, Gerry, of Sacramento; grandchildren Debra Farinelli, and her husband, Nick, of La Grand, Donna Gardner, and her husband, Ken, of Livermore, Tammy Loprieato, and her husband, Frank, of Ripon, Kate Mendes, and her husband, Joey, of Hilmar and Sally Simpkins of Boston; great-grandchildren, Bobbi, Megan, Sam and Jesse Silva of LeGrand, Ian Hughes, and Haley and Gretchen Gardner, all of Livermore, Garret and Katelin Mendes of Hilmar, and Harrison, Joseph and Luke Loprieato of Ripon; his sister Mabel Shelton of Oklahoma City; many nieces and nephews; and his very good friends, Jean and Richard Neven Feldt, of Tracy.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Winnie Burke; and his sister, Ellen Rogers of Oklahoma City.
Friday’s services will begin at 1 p.m. at Park View Mortuary, 3661 E. French Camp Road, in Manteca, followed by a picnic. A viewing will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.
Published on Wednesday, June 15, 2005, in the Tracy Press.