Gail Burck

Gail Pauline Burck (Karp)

Friday, December 12th, 1941 - Saturday, April 18th, 2020
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On April 18, 2020, Gail Pauline Burck, beloved wife of the late Charles ‘Charlie’ Edward Burck Jr. passed away at an age she never wished to be defined by, after a long struggle with various health complications. At the time of Gail’s passing she went peacefully as she was held by her family and surrounded by and cared for by one of her favorite nurses.

Gail was born on December 12th in Baltimore, Maryland and was the daughter of the late Bennie and Beatrice Karp. Gail is survived by her daughter Christine B. Kraft and her husband Michael Kraft of Littlestown, Pennsylvania and two grandchildren, Megan Rogers and her husband Scott Rogers of Buffalo, New York and Mace McCauley and their fiancé Shane Cunningham of Middletown, Ohio.

Gail and Charlie were married for 53 years and both highly valued time with their daughter and grandchildren. Gail was the caregiver of the family, having taken care of her mother in her mother’s later years as well as being very involved in the lives of their grandchildren, Megan and Mace. Gail worked a variety of jobs including that of school bus driver in Baltimore City. Eventually, after first volunteering in a kindergarten classroom at Emmanuel Lutheran School in Catonsville, MD, Gail successfully received her Master Degree in Education from Towson University and then served as the full-time kindergarten teacher at Emmanuel until her retirement. Gail valued education, was an avid reader and advocate for being a lifelong learner.

In addition to Gail's service at Emmanuel Church and School, she was faithful in her service to the Southeastern Educators Conference. She looked forward to the conference as a time to learn, grow and enjoy camaraderie with her colleagues. Gail served as Secretary of SEDLEC providing detailed and accurate minutes. She played an integral role in the planning of several conferences. Gail was able to project an attitude of calm and bring a sense of order and control to apparent chaos. In one incident, the power went out during the banquet. Following the fiasco, the President was quite shaken but Gail was able to assure him that all would be well and he most certainly could handle the situation.

A favorite place for the family was Ocean City, Maryland. Annual trips there were made for well over 50 years. Gail loved all of Maryland and enjoyed its many venues with her family and friends. After retirement, Gail and Charlie moved to Taneytown, MD where they were actively involved in Peace in Christ Lutheran Church with their eldest granddaughter, Megan. Gail remained involved there after Charlie’s passing in 2014. She led a grief support class and held a variety of offices at the church. She served faithfully until her health made it impossible for her to participate. However, until she was physically unable, she daily texted a Bible Verse a day to members of the church as well as other friends and family. In August of 2019, Gail relocated to Buffalo, New York, where she planned to live with her granddaughter Megan and husband Scott to receive further care she needed. Unfortunately, her health declined requiring her to receive skilled nursing care and various hospital stays from November of 2019 until her death in 2020.

Gail was committed to her faith, family and friends, held strongly to her principles and was always ready to find adventure and fun! She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held later in the year when it is safe to gather and celebrate her life. Her family is requesting for those who wish to be updated on the day and time of this service, to please email Megan directly at and you will receive an invite to the Memorial Service. If you prefer, you may also reach Megan by calling or texting her at 443-202-1044. Please visit Gail's memory book page, where you can leave condolences, pictures and memories to be shared with the family @
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    Kolano Funeral Home
    396 Amherst St.
    BUFFALO, NY 14207
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    A Memorial Service will be held later in the year when it is safe to gather and celebrate her life. Her family is requesting for those who wish to be updated on the day and time of this service, to please email Megan directly at and you will receive an invite to the Memorial Service. If you prefer, you may also reach Megan by calling or texting her at 443-202-1044. Please visit Gail's memory book page, where you can leave condolences, pictures and memories to be shared with the family @


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Kelly Lewis

Posted at 05:08pm
Im grateful to have known Gail. Even for the short time that I did. She was so kind and hardworking and a client I will never forget.
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Marisa Shields

Posted at 08:32am
Over past few weeks since Nanny’s passing I’ve been reflecting on past memories. One of the earliest being our initial meeting, where Megan told me I could refer to Gail as “Nanny” too. I don’t recall, but I imagine this may have felt a bit odd at first, although it quickly stuck. Nanny rolled her eyes and threw her hands up and welcomed me to the family with her beautiful smile. As quickly as Megan and I became friends, I became friends with Nanny as well. Nanny was a kind, faithful, and generous person. She truly was invested in the lives of Caleb and I with the utmost sincerity, and it warmed my heart. Nanny welcomed us into her home shortly thereafter where we spent much of our time together. There were numerous evenings that turned into late nights where we spent our time gathered in the living room sharing a meal, enjoying a BBC show, and I would just relax as I listened to Caleb and Nanny discuss society, philosophy and theology. I’m sure everyone who knows Nanny recalls her wisdom and her knowledge on these topics. Other times she would share stories with us about her memories traveling with Charlie, working as a teacher, and of course, comical memories of Megan’s childhood. One evening Caleb helped install a microwave, only to return without my knowledge around 3 a.m. to double check the electrical connections; other times we helped with decorating for Halloween and Christmas; and many times while Megan and Scott were in town, we enjoyed watching Caspa and Tate get into mischief. It did not take long for Caleb and I to develop a close connection with Nanny and considered her our family as well. I will never forget Nanny’s laugh, her smile, and of course, her eye roll. Shortly after Megan moved to Buffalo, she let us know Nanny may have felt a bit lonely, so Caleb and I invited her to dinner at the Carriage House Inn in Emmitsburg. This may have been one of our first times together without Megan. I remember for a moment I felt a bit odd going out to dinner with a friend’s grandmother, but as soon as we were seated any apprehension I had quickly dissipated and this lovely evening was when truly realized Nanny was my own family, too. Nanny is forever in my heart, and I will feel her spirit with me as I enjoy a cup of tea, watch Downton Abbey, or feel an eye roll coming on directed towards Megan.
-With all my love

Keara Byrd

Posted at 02:06pm
Although I didn’t get to spend much time with Nanny, it was easy to see she was an amazing woman. She made me feel welcomed the second I met her. Warm, joyful, strong and resilient; she was a woman true to herself. She was loved by many and her spirit and memory will live on through those who loved her the most.


Posted at 01:43pm
I met Nanny later in her life and she was such a great lady. She was always very welcoming and kind. Megan and her had an amazing bond that was so nice to see. I think of her any time I wear her old shirts she gave to me (she had great style). I’m really happy to have known her!

Cindy Hofflinger

Posted at 11:39am
So, its been a week since I lost an amazing friend and woman of Faith. I have soooo many fond memories of Gail. From the first time I met her, you just knew she was special. You couldn't help but love her. Spending time on the phone, solving the world's problems. Serving on various committees at church. She had such knowledge and depth to understanding God's plan for his people. As Head Elder, she brought such joy to what could have been a difficult position to fill. Reaching out to members of the church, providing leadership that we all benefited from, filling the pulpit with Pastors every Sunday during a time when we didn't have a fulltime Pastor. She was the BEST! On a personal level, she was always there for me, a good listener, offering good advise, fun to be with. She had a big smile and a laugh that filled the room. She taught me how to TEXT! I will always remember going to Christmas bazaars and craft shows, Going to lunch, and why did they close the Bennigan's Restaurant in Frederick? They had the best Monte Christo sandwich, our favorite. Meeting with the ladies in our grief bible study group. Surprising she and Charlie on their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Driving her to doctor appointments a few times in Baltimore. She took me on a tour of Baltimore for sure! We never got to Little Italy :( She may be gone but she will be forever in our hearts. We can think of her now with Charlie, free of health issues, smiling and happy in the presence of the Lord.
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