Kathryn E. Burke, 98, of Baldwin, New York passed away on January 29, 2020. Beloved sister of Gladys Zsunkan. Loving aunt to Paul (Ellen), Robert (Alison), James (Loretta), Eileen, Donald (Lori) and Rosemary (Don). Cherished by many great nieces and nephews. Longtime employee for Traveler’s Insurance Co. Reposing at the Fullerton Funeral Home, Inc., 769 Merrick Road, Baldwin, New York. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9:45 a.m. at St. Christopher’s Church in Baldwin, New York. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Visiting on Friday, January 31, 2020 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. fullertonfhny.com  

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Thoughts & Prayers

Posted by Robert Zsunkan on
Aunt Kay had an infectiously positive personality. She could see the bright side of every situation and person she came across. Her Catholic faith was prevalent throughout her day-to-day living and contributed to her altruistic character. Kay was faithful to her God, family, and friends. Her outgoing and talkative nature lent itself to her magnetic ability to attract friends everywhere she went. She loved adventure and continuously sought out new experiences. Be that trying out water skiing for the first time at age 40 or confronting a life long fear and touching a snake at 96. Her life was a series of good stories. From roller-skating across the Brooklyn Bridge, to playing golf with the president of Travellers, and even a bit of mischief in her younger years. And she documented just about all of it in her autobiography The Amazing Kay. From her earliest days, Kay Burke was a woman of deep faith. To her each day was a gift from God. An opportunity entered into with full enthusiasm.
Posted by Robert Zsunkan on
From Pat Lovaas, retired from Travelers Corp: It is with much sadness that we have learned of the passing at age 98 on Wednesday of Kay Burke, formerly of our John St. office and also one of our original Regional Trainers.

Well known to, respected and with a positive impact on many, many of us, Kay always carried an incredibly enthusiastic outlook wherever she went and to all with whom she dealt. And she always had a bubbly smile and kind word for everyone. For those of us regional trainers whom she helped better understand the rating process, especially as new automated systems were being implemented in the Field, that smile and kindness went an awfully long way in helping us better understand and appreciate the process. I last spoke with Kay a few months ago and she had both of us laughing as she explained how she was determined to continue navigating her walker along the very cracked sidewalks of her street … not too hard to imagine that determination knowing that she was also well known for roller-skating to work across the Brooklyn Bridge during the New York City Transit Strike of 1966. Kay was definitely always one of the truly good guys and a good friend … and her family's loss is shared by all whose lives she touched in both the Field and Home Office.
During this difficult time, we know Kay's family would really appreciate our keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.
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