Ernest C. "Butch" Burke

Born: Fri., Feb. 20, 1948
Died: Thu., Apr. 16, 2020


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Ernest C. "Butch" Burke, 72, of Pittston, passed away on Thursday April 16, 2020 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Leona Leonard.

Mr. Burke was a graduate of Ashley High School and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville.

For many years he worked in the  home improvement business and was a manager of contractor services at the Home Depot.

He also was the proprietor of the Frog Pond Restaurant and Bar, Wilkes-Barre and also the Lakeside pizza, in Lake Silkworth.

He was preceded in death by his son Ernest Burke, and 7 other brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, the former Mary Jo Farber and children, Jodiann and her husband Brian Burgit, Shavertown, Lisa and her husband Mark Kropa, Sweet Valley and Michael and his wife Kimberly Burke, Longs, S. C.; 12 grandchildren and 3 great grand children,  a brother Joseph and his wife Lynn Ziebro, Kingston.

Due to the federal, state and local requirements regarding the COVID-19 virus, funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are in the care of Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.

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Bob and Laura Nevolas
   Posted Mon April 20, 2020
Mary Jo and family,
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

Charles F. Luce
   Posted Mon April 20, 2020
MJ & all of Butchie's loving family,
Antoinette and I have you in our prayers. He was a great guy and will truly be missed by all. God bless you.
Charlie and Antoinette Luce

Paulette Mickno (Ronczka)
   Posted Mon April 20, 2020
Mary Jo, Jodiann, Lisa and Michael and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Butch was a fun loving, kind hearted man and with a great laugh that I will always remember. His children will definitely have wonderful memories of his prankster jokes. Going to his store after church here at Lake Silkworth was always a treat-fresh donuts, the Sunday newspaper and a joke and laugh with Butch. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Peace be with you Butch. Paulette

Ernest J. Pawloski
   Posted Mon April 20, 2020
Mary Jo, I am very sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Michael Kravitsky IV
   Posted Mon April 20, 2020
Mary Jo and family, so sorry to read about Butch. He was a funny guy, to this day we still talk about him and laugh every time. He will be missed.

Tina &Rich Hritzak,
   Posted Mon April 20, 2020
MARY JO and family , Sending much heartfelt sympathy and thoughts your way thinking of you during this very sad time.....

Walter Kolesa
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
I worked with hundreds of people over the years, but no one better. One of the nicest people I have ever known. He will surely be missed.
My condolences.

Cindy Lefko and Jeanette Carter
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
MaryJo and Family, we are sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. May you find peace in his memory during this difficult time.
Love to you.

The Kempas
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
Dear Mary Jo and loved ones,we were very sad stricken to hear that Butch is now at peace and no longer suffering. Please know that if there is anything and we do mean anything, please feel free to contact us at any time in this time of need.
We loved Butch as part of the family and loved his personality. Please always know that he is with you and will always love all of you......



Bob and Karen Mattina
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
Dear MaryJo and Family,

May the wonderful memories of Butch continue to support you during this difficult time. Bob and I have you in our thoughts and prayers.

With our deepest sympathy and love,

Karen and Bob

June, Dave and Kirby
   Posted Thu April 23, 2020
Dearest Mary Jo and family,

Our deepest sympathy at the passing of Butch.. Knowing you, Butch and your family has given us many fond memories and you will always be in our hearts and prayers.

John Hopkins and Chrissy Zambeto
   Posted Sat April 25, 2020
Mary Jo, Lisa and family we are so sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers

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