Rita M. (McNally) Burke, age 86

of Braintree

Rita M. (McNally) Burke, age 86

Rita M. (McNally) Burke, age 86, a longtime resident of Braintree, died peacefully, Thursday, August 4, 2022 at South Shore Hospital, in the comfort of her loving family.

Rita was born in Boston, to the late Robert and Lillian (Nowell) McNally. She was raised in Dorchester, Saint Margaret’s Parish, and had lived in Braintree for over forty-seven years.

She had worked as an admitting officer at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester for twenty-five years.

Rita was a woman of faith and had been an active member of Saint Clare’s Parish in Braintree for many years.

Most of all, she was dedicated to her family, especially to her five cherished grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for sixty-one years of the late William T. Burke, who recently passed in 2021.

Devoted mother of William M. Burke and his wife Jill of North Weymouth, John M. “Jake” Burke, Braintree Fire Department of Braintree, Dennis P. Burke and his wife Lisa of Weymouth.

Loving grandmother of Meghan Reilly and her husband Thomas, Cameron Burke, Kelly Fisher, Peter and Benjamin Burke.

Dear sister of Kathleen Barnes of Marshfield. Rita is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, August 8, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Church of Saint Clare, 1244 Liberty Street, Braintree, on Tuesday, August 9, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s memory may be made to Catholic Charities Boston, 275 West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127 or by visiting www.ccab.org.


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  • Goodbye Rita my long time friend and RIP
    Dotty Fahey

  • To the Burke family, I’m so very sorry for your loss of Rita. She was a kind and gracious lady. Praying for you all at this most difficult time. May you find peace in your memories.
    Fondly, Donna and Ken Melanson

  • Kathleen, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry.

  • Bill, Jake, Dennis, and your extended families, I will always recall Auntie Rita as a lovely, faith-filled woman with an easy laugh and a kind heart. May your memories of her bring you comfort now and in the days ahead.

  • You are in the arms of the Angels up in heaven and at peace. May your children and grandchildren find solace knowing your physical pain is over.
    Fond farewell my lovely cousin

  • Dear Dennis and family, so sorry for your loss.

    Peace be with you,

    Marta Rodriguez