Carol Burket Simon Ireland Obituary

Carol Burket Simon Ireland

Carol Burket Simon Ireland, formerly of Berrien Springs, died March 20, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Ga. Carol was born Jan. 27, 1927 in Osceola, Ind. to Norris and Effie (Tharp) Burket. In 1949, Carol married Louis Simon, Jr. who predeceased her in 1950. Carol worked at the Osceola branch of Mishawaka National Bank and it was there she met Eugene R. Ireland. They married in 1956. In 1961, the family moved to Berrien Springs. For 18 years, she was Director of Food Service for Berrien Springs Public Schools. Carol always had a stack of books on the end table. Her love of reading resulted in her serving as the Secretary of the Board of Berrien Springs Community Library. She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Sweet Adelines, the women’s branch of the Barbershop Choruses. Her joy was time spent with her family. She was the queen of rump roasts and black cherry salad. Carol was our family rock, always ready with a smile and a kind word. Carol was a faithful servant to Our Lord and served as Treasurer of the Board of Berrien Springs United Methodist Church for many years. “Amazing Grace” was her favorite hymn. She is now living in eternal peace by the amazing grace Our Lord gave her. Carol is survived by her two daughters: Kathy Simon (Roger) Kesterke of Berrien Springs and Anita Ireland (Scott) Chapman of Lilburn, Ga.; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Kirk Ireland of Kalamazoo; grandchildren: John (Denise) Kesterke of Walker, Mich., Amy Kesterke (Tim) Kissman of Mason, Mich., Lauren Ireland, Christopher Ireland, Molly Ireland of Kalamazoo; great-grandchildren: Autumn and Sage Kissman and Sydney and Jacob Kesterke. Carol was predeceased by son, Jeffery Dean Ireland in 2008; husband, Gene in 2014; siblings: Clifford (Lillian), Carl (Edith), Cecil (Bunnie), Dean (Freya), Charles Burket, Doris (Paul) Spake and Kate (George) Walters. Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Berrien Springs Community Library or the Alzheimer’s Association, 107 April Dr. Suite 1, Ann Arbor MI 48103. Messages online UPDATE: Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Allred Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 17, at the Berrien Springs United Methodist Church, followed by a graveside service at Rose Hill Cemetery.
January 27, 1927 - March 20, 202001/27/192703/20/2020
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Terry and Bonnie Klinect
July 16
May the love and peace of the Lord be with you as you celebrate the life of your amazing mother. With love to you all.

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Jan & Steve Chaudoir
May 29
Kathy and family--Our sympathy in the loss of your mother. Eternal rest, grant unto Carol, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen. Jan & Steve Chaudoir
Love Diane
April 21

1 memorial tree were planted in memory of Carol Burket Simon Ireland.

Sandy Swartz
March 30
Mrs. Ireland was the first "friend mom" I met when we moved to Berrien Springs when Kathy welcomed me to the community and often let me hitch a ride to school. I would later interact with her when we both worked for the BSPS. She was always quick with a smile and greet... Continue Reading
Tami Walton
March 25
Mr. & Mrs. Ireland and their family were part of my neighborhood "family" growing up, and I have many memories of them also from the B.S. Methodist Church services & activities. Such kind people, both. Kathy, you & Roger have had such loss - my thoughts are with you and ... Continue Reading
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Judi Maruk Sheldon
March 30
I first met Carol in 1974 at Berrien Springs Schools. She was then and was always one of the nicest, most kind ladies I had the pleasure to know. When I was employed at BSPS from 1976 ~ 1988 she could always brings a smile to anyone's face with her Grace and Kindness. Hav... Continue Reading
Linda Moody
March 24
Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss, I didn’t know your mom, but I know you and what a great person you are, a most loving person I am happy to call my church family. You and Rodger are in my prayers and thoughts, and your mom’s beautiful soul I will be praying for. ... Continue Reading