Gloria Burke Gee Werner, or "Goge," as called by her family, 79, passed away peacefully at Cayuga Medical Center on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, after an extended illness. Born on October 19, 1930, she grew up in Ludlowville as the 2nd of 6 children born to Martin and Virginia Burke.

Gloria had many interesting stories about her youth. At 16, she would sing on the local radio stations and in some local bands, one of which played Big Band music. In her later years, she sang with a group of women who performed for senior citizens in various nursing homes.
She truly loved life, making the best out of the things that it threw her way. This included such ailments as rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, and multiple compression fractures in her back.

She had many jobs over the years that included being a live-in nanny for a family in Cayuga Heights, a key punch operator for NYSEG (where she met her first husband, William Gee), a telephone operator at the Ithaca Journal and a Real Estate agent. She always liked to keep busy, whether it was cooking, baking, sewing, caring for her 3 children, working at her jobs, or enjoying some of her favorite leisure activities. These included playing bingo, cards, doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles or going to garage sales. She also enjoyed fishing and camping with her second husband, Floyd "T.O." Werner. On their honeymoon, she caught a shark, which they had cast and then mounted on their wall. This and many other stories and memories will forever live in our hearts. She lived a full, exciting life and will be missed more than you can imagine.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors, wonderful nurses and caregivers, respiratory therapists and anyone else involved in her care at Cayuga Medical Center. We can't express enough how grateful we are that she received such great care in her time of need.

Gloria was a kind, wonderful and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who offered great support to her family and friends. Gloria was predeceased by her parents and her older brother, Francis "Junie" Burke. She is survived by her children, Gail Pulsts of Brooklyn, Daniel Gee of Lansing and Lori Gee of Ithaca, her brothers, Stanley "Stosh" (Mary) Burke, Carl "Pooch" (Dorothy) Burke, Glen "Ronnie" (Jerry) Burke, and sister, Verla Gabriel of Carolina Beach, NC. She is also survived by her grandson, David Gee, granddaughters, Tanija (Glenn Miller) Pulsts, Liena Pulsts, great-grandson Keegan Miller, great-granddaughters, Kyla and Brelynn Paul, and many nieces and nephews. We would also like to mention her feline companions, "Angie", "George", and "Buddy Boy".
As Gloria wished, there will be no calling hours or funeral. A graveside service will be held for family and friends at Pine Grove Cemetery in Lansing on Sat., July 3, at 10a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the SPCA of Tompkins County at 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or a charity of your choice, in her memory.