Burke

Hanna Burke (nee Krasnoff) of Beachwood died suddenly on Dec. 8, 2019, at age 77. Hanna was born in Shanghai, China, and immigrated to Israel at age 8. She then moved to Australia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biochemistry. 

Several years later, she, her husband, Morris, and young son, Danny, moved to the United States. While earning her master’s degree in clinical chemistry, Hanna worked as a clinical chemist at Cleveland Clinic. She then taught chemistry to nursing students at Case Western Reserve University, Ursuline College and Cuayhoga Community College. Before retiring, she was an editor at ASM International in Russell Township.

Hanna and her husband were world travelers, and Hanna was an avid reader and seeker of knowledge. Her passions also included music and theater, and she regularly attended performances by the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Playhouse. Fluent in Hebrew, Hanna enjoyed participating in a Hebrew book club and regularly attended the annual Cleveland Jewish Film Festival. She was a longtime member of the Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

Hanna was the devoted wife of Morris, mother of Danny (deceased) and Karen (Bruce) Phillips, and loving grandmother of Mark and Robbie; sister of Dolly and Eva, and cousin of Shaul and Chaim in Israel, and sister-in-law of David (Rosemary) Burke in Australia.

Funeral services were held Dec. 12 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel in Cleveland Heights. Interment was at Mount Olive Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to JNF Plant a Tree in Israel Fund or to a charity of your choice.