, Newburyport, MA

February 14, 2014

Diane M. Burke, 62

AMESBURY — Diane M. (Thomas) Burke, 62, of Amesbury, formerly of Salem, died Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014, at the Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, with her family at her side.

Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late John and Patricia (Dodd) Thomas. Raised and educated in Salem, she was a graduate of Salem High School with the class of 1970.

Diane was employed for over 33 years as a customer service rep for A. W. Chesterton in Groveland.

A resident of Amesbury for the past 30 years, she enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends, quilting and was a member of a quilting club in the Merrimack Valley area.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Scott and Sheila Burke of Roswell, GA, Gregory Burke of Amesbury; two grandchildren, Mary Burke and Madison Burke, both of Roswell; one sister, Carol Johansson of London, England; three brothers, James Thomas (wife, Nancy) of Chula Vista, California, Edward Thomas of Orlando, FL, John Thomas of Los Angeles, CA and her niece, Alexandra Johansson of London, England and nephews, Christopher and Jimmy Thomas of Chula Vista, CA.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Full-Spychalski Funeral Home, 84 Washington Square East, by Salem Common, Salem. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Diane’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or online at For online guest book and directions, visit