She worked many jobs in the area including as manager of the Gaslight Motor Inn and at the James-town Teachers Federal Credit Union, but her source of pride was as own-er of the Fairmount Shoppe. This was her bliss, where she created memories and joy for anyone with the good fortune to know her as a shopkeeper. Everyone who happened into her world came away feeling better, feeling wanted, feeling understood. It was a precious gift that will be sorely missed. She had a passion for gardening, crafts and the home, weaving the space around her into a comfortable community. She was the guiding light of her robust and active family, a dedicated wife, friend, mother and grandmother, an irresistible confidante, a sanctuary and a safe haven.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, W. Willi-am Burk; a daughter, Felicia A. Giambruno of Jamestown; two sons: William T. Burk of Ashville and Richard E. (Caryn) Burk of Long Island; six grandchildren: Sarah M. Giambruno, Benjamin J. Burk, Sydney G. Burk, Jordan N. Burk, Adam M. Burk and Samantha B. Burk; a sister, Patricia M. Baker of Lakewood; and a brother, William E. Bogard of Florida.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
As Barb was a consummate follower of the sports that her family played, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Village of Lakewood Non-Endowed Baseball Diamond Fund, c/o Chautauqua Region Community Foundation 418 Spring St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
Click here to DONATE to the Village of Lakewood Non-Endowed Baseball Diamond Fund in memory of Barbara A. Burk.
Published in The Post Journal August 28, 2016