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Agnes M. (Orten) Burk

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

March 25, 1921-June 29, 2009

BIRD CITY -- Anges M. (Orten) Burk, 88, died Monday (June 29, 2009), at Emory Midtown Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

She was born March 25, 1921, at Fort Morgan, Colo., to Charles and Cora (Haller) Orten. She was raised on a farm near Beardsley, Kan., and attended White Lily country school. She continued her education at Catholic boarding high schools in Chadron and Anaheim, Calif. She graduated from high school in Sidney in 1938 and attended Grand Island Business College for one year.

On Nov. 25, 1941, she married Elmer Charles Burk at St. John's Catholic Church in Beardsley. He died in 1998. After he completed his military service during World War II they settled on a farm northeast of McDonald until 1994.

She was active in the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, community organizations, and in 2006 was honored as the Tri-State Thresher Show queen in 2006.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Arthur and Duane; and sisters, Betty Frye and Patricia Loper.

Survivors include sons, Elmer Burk of Tucson, Ariz., Robert Burk of San Rafael, Calif., and Denis Burk of Atwood; daughters, Nancy Williamson of Augusta, Ga., and Cheri Smith of Othello, Wash.; sisters, Lucene Krueger of Belmont, Calif., Jean Brickell of Denver, Colo., Thelma Phifer of Fort Collins, Colo., Dolores Graff of McCook, and Janice Brown of Stockton, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

A concelebrated Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, 10 a.m., at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church north and west of Atwood, with the Revs. Daniel Scheetz, Roger Meitl and Stephen Folorunso officiating.

A parish vigil and rosary is today, 7 p.m., at the church.

A memorial has been established.

Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.