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Henrietta “Sunny” Sweeney

Oct 28, 1925 - Feb. 2, 2015

Henrietta “Sunny” Sweeney


POSTED February 17, 2015 4:46 p.m.

Henrietta was born in Turlock to Henry and Ellen Gustafson, the youngest of 8 children.  She peacefully passed away at Paramount Court in Turlock, her home for the past year and one-half. 

  Henrietta attended Turlock schools and married Peter Burke of Turlock at the beginning of World War II in 1942 in a double ceremony with Ping and Tubby Wenell.

After the war their daughter Connie was born in 1948, followed by the birth of sons Jerry in 1950 and Randy in 1953.  Henrietta’s biggest priority in life was in raising her children, and she thoroughly enjoyed the years of being at home as a loving mother and wife.  Her greatest happiness was in being a mother.

After her children were grown she worked in the office of International Paper Company in Turlock for over 20 years.  In retirement she lived in Modesto where she met and was married to Bud Sweeney until his death in 2006.

In her last years she returned “home” to Turlock where she enjoyed the loving friendship and companionship of Alvin Baptista.

Henrietta is survived by children Connie Burke-Ferriera (Bill), Jerry Burke (Germaine), and Randy Burke (Janelle).  Also surviving are grandchildren Garrett Burke, Maci Burke, and Brienna Burke.  

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 21, at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd.  Interment will be private.

Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice of Modesto or to a charity of your choice.  

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