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Josephine Burkey

December 27, 1927 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 94)

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Josephine V. Burkey, age 94, of Mt. Sterling, Illinois passed away at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mt. Sterling. 

She was born December 27, 1927 in Brown County, Illinois the daughter of Charles Leonard and Mary Elizabeth Ashbaker Roberts.  She married George Robert Burkey on October 5, 1946 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois and he preceded her in death on December 19, 1984.  

Josephine was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who truly loved spending time with her family.  

She attended Brown County schools and then graduated from nursing school in Quincy, Illinois. 

Josephine worked as a nurse for Modern Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling and Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville for several years.  She truly loved her community exemplified by her 40 years of dedication to the Brown County Ambulance Service.  She was so proud of the fact that she responded to the first call ever handled by the Brown County Ambulance Service in October of 1974 and then did not retire until the age of 90.  Josephine was recognized by the Illinois Emergency Medical Technician Association as the oldest serving EMT in May of 2014 

She was also a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the Mt. Sterling American Legion Post #374 Auxiliary.  

Survivors include 3 children Rose Morrison of Madison, Wisconsin, Dr. William Burkey of Apopka, Florida and Michael Burkey of West Point, Illinois.  7 grandchildren Scott and Shawn Davis, Deanna Morrison, Michael Burkey Jr., Leah Kulas, Heather Brock, and Micah Burkey.  4 great grandchildren Jessica, Jeremy, Joslin and Emory also survive along with several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 daughter Sandra Burkey, 2 grandsons Joseph and Adam Burkey, 1 sister Alberta Manar and 3 brothers Leonard Eugene, Francis Wayne and Ronald Roberts.  

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial mass will be held at a later date. 

Memorials are suggested to the Brown County Ambulance Service and may be left at or mailed to the Hendricker Funeral Home, 406 South Capitol Avenue, Mt. Sterling, IL 62353.

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The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


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Memorial Services will be held at a later date

Holy Family Catholic Church
401 West North Street
Mount Sterling, IL 62353

Cremation Will Be Accorded


Brown County Ambulance Service

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