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Constance M. (Graffum) Burke

Constance M. “Connie” (Graffum) Burke, 78 lifelong Ipswich resident, died Easter Sunday April 4, 2010, in the Beverly Hospital following her brief illness. She was the loving wife of the late Richard J. Burke who died in 1996.

Born in Gloucester January 15, 1932, daughter of the late Edward and Edna M. (Wile) Graffum, she was a 1949 graduate of Ipswich public schools and a student of the former Catherine Gibbs School of Lynn. Married 1953 in First Church in Ipswich, she made her home and raised her family in  Ipswich. For many years she was employed as a teller at the First National Bank of Ipswich and  the Essex Bank, later the Sovereign Bank from which she retired.

In addition to spending time with her family she enjoyed home crafts, watching NASCAR racing, long rides  with stops at her favorite local restaurants, and her special friends, “the club girls.”

Connie was a member of Ipswich V.F.W. #1093 Ladies Auxiliary and a  lifelong member of the First Church in Ipswich and a member of their Women's Guild.

She is survived by a son, Richard E. Burke of Charlotte, NC; four daughters, Linda A. Ryan and her husband Rich of Lowell, Sharon L. West and her husband Donald of Dover, NH, Susan M. Bouranis and her husband Scott of Claremont, NH and Debra A. Sweeney and her husband Scott of Ipswich; eleven grandchildren, Mathew Bouranis of Newport, NH, Christopher Bouranis of Austin, TX, Rachael Bouranis of Claremont, NH, Jillian Ryan of Sleepy Hollow, NY, Heather Dalton, F. Joseph Ryan, Jennifer Sweeney all of Lowell, Kandie Cook of Dover, NH, Lori Roberts of Beverly, Sarah Teague of Seabrook and Nicole Ryan of Concord, NH;  eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Graffum of Rowley and James Graffum of Ipswich; two sisters, Barbara Chapman of Exeter, NH and Doris Gagnon of Ipswich, and many nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Norman Graffum formerly of Ipswich.

Her Funeral Service will be held Thursday 10 am in the First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Wednesday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral; Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Friends of the Caldwell Home, 16 Green Street, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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