Members of Escondido Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1513 are mourning the passing of Sr. Vice Commander Michael Burke, who died Friday March 9 at 10:25 p.m.
Burke passed away from complications relating to breathing the smoke from the Ventura fires as he and his wife Gina were driving through on vacation to see family. He spent three months in four different hospitals before succumbing. His wife and his family were at his side when he passed.
Burke’s funeral will take place on Friday April 27 at 10 a.m at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Escondido. After the funeral mass, VFW post members will go to Oak Hill Memorial Park for his burial. The reception will take place at St. Mary’s Church Hall and will start when members arrive from Miramar until 4 p.m.
Schedule for April 27:
9 a.m.: Rosary at St. Mary
10 a.m. Funeral mass at St. Mary
noon: Oak Hill Memorial Park, Escondido
1 p.m.-4 p.m.: Reception at St. Mary Parish Hall