Janine L. Burke

HOPKINTON, R.I. — Janine L. Burke, 59, of Hopkinton, R.I., passed away on July 5, 2012 of cancer after a long, hard-fought four-year battle.

Janine was the daughter of Martin and Irene Burke of Falmouth. She attended Falmouth High School, where she participated in track and field and cheerleading. She worked for AT&T as a coin collector for several years. She was employed at Toys R Us for over 20 years, managing stores in Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

She was an avid and skilled gardener turning the backyard of her Hopkinton, R.I. residence into a garden paradise. Amongst her many hobbies were creating stained-glass pieces of beauty and complexity, flower arranging and cooking. Later in life, she took up golf with her husband, often besting him at nine holes. She enjoyed fine wine, dancing, friendship and laughter.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Ivar G. Babb; her parents, Martin and Irene Burke of Naples; three brothers, Eric Burke of Syracuse, N.Y., Wayne Burke of Naples, and Kelvin (Tux) Burke, of Naples; and two nephews and three nieces.

A celebration of her life was held on Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Health for Humanity, a charitable organization inspired by the Baha’i faith that Janine practiced during her adult life.

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