Mark C. Burke, 56, of Ver­non Cen­ter

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Obituaries -

VER­NON CEN­TER » Mark Charles Burke, 56, of Ver­non Cen­ter, N.Y., passed away un­ex­pect­edly on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 22, 2017 due to a heart at­tack. Mark was born in Oneida, N.Y. on Sept. 30, 1961, the son of Charles Burke of Ver­non Cen­ter and Ar­lene (Sim­mons) Wag­ner of Verona, N.Y.

He was a 1979 Ver­non-Verona- Sher­rill Cen­tral School grad­u­ate. On June 30, 1994 he mar­ried Tamela Ann Cong­den and to­gether they raised five chil­dren.

Mark worked as the Deputy High­way Su­per­in­ten­dent for the Town of Ver­non High­way Depart­ment for 38 years, along­side his fa­ther for 28, both sons, and many co-work­ers that he con­sid­ered fam­ily. Mark was an ac­com­plished heavy equip­ment op­er­a­tor, car­pen­ter, welder, fabricator, me­chanic and elec­tri­cian. He was a true mas­ter of all trades.

Mark had a pas­sion for good food (es­pe­cially fried foods, but­ter, any­thing meat, and mo­lasses cook­ies). He re­fused to up­grade from his an­cient flip phone, loved sneak­ing naps on the couch, snug­gling with his dogs and shar­ing corny jokes. He en­joyed be­ing out­doors (rid­ing his horse Joey, hunt­ing, fish­ing, bon­fires) and any­thing Carhartt, Mossy Oak or “comfy.” He spent many hours with his fa­ther, cut­ting down trees and split­ting their wood, both to sell and to heat his self­built home.

Mark (Poppa) cher­ished time with his grand­chil­dren, play­ing silly games, hair ties and all he was at their beck and call with a smile and a laugh. There’s not enough words to fully honor Mark and the legacy he’s left be­hind. He showed us that life can be lived to the fullest, that love can be un­con­di­tional, that kind­ness should be ef­fort­less, and that hap­pi­ness is what we make of life.

Mark is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife, Tamela, of Ver­non Cen­ter; fa­ther, Charles ( Elaine) Burke; mother, Ar­lene Wag­ner; chil­dren, Christy (Jonathan) Pittman of Fish­ers, Ind., Charles (El­iz­a­beth) Burke of Ver­non, N.Y., Jen­nifer (Jesse) Lloyd of Rome, N.Y., Gar­rett (La­cie) Burke of Ver­non Cen­ter, Tiffany Fe­dor of In­di­anapo­lis, Ind.; grand­chil­dren, Nashya, Kay­lani and Den­zel Lacy of In­di­anapo­lis, Olivia and Zachary Lloyd of Rome, Trece and Mya Pittman of Fish­ers, Char­liee Ann Burke of Ver­non Cen­ter; sib­lings Rhonda (Scott) Hum­mer of Madi­son, N.Y., Su­san Ot­toway-Buechi of Phoenix, Ariz., Son­dra (Jimmy) Shear­ing of Gainesville, N.Y., Timmy Burke and fi­ancée Ni­cole Stock­bridge of Oneida, Krista ( Marc) Way­land-Smith of Oneida, Jeff Sprague of Wheel­ing, W.V., Deborah (James) Wag­ner-Brownell of Utica, N.Y., Doug (Bon­nie) Wag­ner of Parish, N.Y., Robert Wag­ner (de­ceased) and many nieces, neph­ews, un­cles, aunts, cousins and friends.

In keep­ing with Mark’s wishes there will be no pub­lic call­ing hours or funeral ser­vices and the fam­ily will have a pri­vate gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate and re­mem­ber Mark’s life at a later date.

Ar­range­ments are with the Malecki Funeral Home of Ver­non. On­line con­do­lences may be sent to maleck­i­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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