Stanley J. Burke, Sr.

November 3, 1926 ~ May 7, 2022 (age 95)

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Stanley J. Burke, Sr., age 95, of Port Carbon, PA passed away Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital in Orwigsburg.

Born in New Philadelphia, PA on November 3, 1926, he was the son of the late Alphonsus S. and Elizabeth (McGowan) Burke.

Stanley served in the U.S. Navy in WW II. After the war, he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Scranton in 1950. He first worked as a chemist at the Calvert Distillery in Baltimore and then went to Temple University in Philadelphia and earned his Law Degree in 1958 while working as a claims adjuster for the Philadelphia Electric Company. After law school, Stanley first worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company in Philadelphia as an Admiralty Lawyer and later came back to Schuylkill County working for the Noonan Pace and Lavelle Law Office in Mahanoy City. He then met Joseph Burke and they became partners forming what is known as Burke and Burke Law Offices and worked there until retiring.

Stanley was a member of the former St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Port Carbon, the Schuylkill County Barr Association, the Pennsylvania Barr Association, the A.P. DeMatto Legion Post in Shenandoah, the J. Harry Bowe in Port Carbon, the New Philadelphia AMVETS, and the Port Carbon Rotary Club. He was and avid hunter and fisherman and loved reading and traveling the world with his wife Melvia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Melvia Anne (Brennan) Burke on March 2, 2016, a daughter Mary Brennan, and a brother Thomas W. Burke.

Stanley is survived by two sons: William L. J. Burke and his wife Lori, Port Carbon and Stanley J. Burke Jr. and his wife Mary, Pottsville; a daughter Susan E. Miller and her husband Derek, New Hope, PA; five grandchildren: Twins Lieutenant Stanley A. Burke, US Navy, Groton, CT and Kathleen S. Burke, Providence, RI, William L. J. Burke Jr. and Anna C. Burke, both of Port Carbon, and Charlotte Anne Miller, New Hope; two sisters: Regina Shearn, Miami, FL and Evelyn Reiley, Shrewsbury, MA; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in New Philadelphia at 11AM on Friday, May 13th, with Msgr. William Glosser officiating.

Relatives and Friends are invited to a viewing on Friday morning from 9-11AM at the Church.

Interment with Military Honors will be held at the Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery in Pottsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Port Carbon Janet Eich Free Public Library 111 Pike Street Port Carbon, PA 17965 or Goodwill Fire Company No. 1, 88 Washington Street, Port Carbon, PA 17965.

The Robert A Evans Jr Funeral Home in Port Carbon is in charge of arrangements. Please send condolences to

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May 13, 2022

9:00 AM
Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church
99 Valley Street
New Philadelphia, PA 17959

Mass of Christian Burial
May 13, 2022

11:00 AM
Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church
99 Valley Street
New Philadelphia, PA 17959


Goodwill Fire Company, No.1
88 Washington Street, Port Carbon PA 17965

Port Carbon Janet Eich Free Public Library
111 Pike Street, Port Carbon PA 17965

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