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Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Gerald "Jerry" Burkman


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Shiva will be via zoom on
Saturday evening at 7:00pm
Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm


Gerald (Jerry) Burkman, 81

Adored husband of Rosa (nee Kulefsky). Doting father of Pamela and Noel (Michelle Miller). World's best grandpa to Jack E. and Alex LaRue. Dear brother of the late Adrienne (the late Ronald), the late Sandra (the late Herman), and dear brother-in-law of the late Maurie and the late Florence Berman. Treasured uncle, great-uncle, and great-great-uncle to many beloved nieces and nephews. Life-long friend to many. There was no greater joy for Jerry than spending time with his grandchildren and sharing with them his love of bicycling, nature, photography, and basketball. To keep everyone safe and healthy, all services and shiva are private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Chicago Botanic Gardens,, or the charity of your choice. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Buffalo Grove Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Bob Larson

Rosa and family I was so sorry to learn of Jerry's passing earlier this week. I had known Jerry a long time while at IRS and into our retirement years at our monthly luncheon get togethers. We had wonderful conversations there ranging from the IRS, the people we knew there, bicycles, Superdawg, movies, family, all the things we enjoy. I will miss seeing his smiling face at Lola's when it reopens but I will take with me the happy memories we shared together over those many years. Rosa, I look forward to carrying on those happy talks with you. My condolences to the family. Bob Larson

Dennis Levin

Rosa and family,

My sincerest condolences on the passing of Jerry. I knew him as "Burks" way back from the IRS days in "pension" in 1971. Burks was always friendly and helpful to the new agents and during those times we talked quite often. He was very proud and devoted to your family. Rosa I knew you from your days at the IRS and still had that connection to him through you. Whenever I would run into Burks, it was seeing long lost friend. At work he was invigorated when he became a "computer guy" as he had a mechanical wherewithal and enjoyed electronics. Again my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Dennis Levin

James Walsh

I first met Jerry in 1966 in the second IRS office in Des Plaines.
Over our IRS careers our paths crossed many times. During my
last case Jerry assisted with IRS computer applications. In post
retirement years Jerry and Rosa attended monthly lunches with
former IRS employees. I remember Jerry as quiet, yet
discerning and always able to make reminiscing interesting.
I will miss Jerry's thoughtful comments on life's nuances.
Theresa and I express our sadness and condolences on Jerry's

Jim & Theresa Walsh

Leslie Salsburg

To my Uncle Jerry besides being my uncle you were my SCI FI buddy and sometimes tax advisor. You will be missed. All the best on your continuing journey.

Shane Mart

Uncle Jer will be greatly missed. I will cherish the memories I have of his and Aunt Rosa's annual pilgrimage down south to visit with the Florida family.

Jim Witek

Jerry, co-worker, mentor and sometimes counselor, a well-deserved salute. With Rosa, he lived life at "their" speed. Whatever was missed today just meant tomorrow would be that much more interesting. His smile will be missed, not just a simple pursed lip, but a full pearly white toothy grin that meant you met with his approval. On the swing-set of life, Rosa and he did so side by side for many happy years. And as the sun goes down, you can still hear the laughter in the darkness. Thanks Jerry.
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