Obituary & Life History
Claudia Baris A beloved wife, devoted mother, enthusiastic lover
of animals and loving teacher and counselor to students with
disabilities, she passed on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, at 8:41
p.m. to her glorious reward after leading a courageous life.
Elise's ready smile and bubbly personality touched everyone she
met. She was at home in nature, especially the seashore. She
created beautiful works of art on canvas and in wood which were
inspired by her deep and abiding love of nature, people and
animals. Elise's strong religious faith sustained her throughout
her short, shining life, culminating in a pilgrimage in 2004 to
Medjugorje, where the Blessed Virgin Mary began appearing in
1981. This experience only deepened her devotion to Mary and
strengthened her faith even more. Elise was a native of
Pawtucket, R.I., studied at Gallaudet University in Washington,
D.C., and lived in Baton Rouge for 28 years, where she worked at
the Louisiana School for the Deaf. Her inner spiritual beauty
was outwardly manifested in her physical beauty and grace, as
well as her loving gifts of art and her loving presence. God
blessed us all with the gift of Elise's gentle soul and we shall
cherish her memory forever. She is survived by her husband, Leo
Albert Burke of Baton Rouge; daughter, Lucette Ann Tyler and
spouse Jason M. Tyler of Chicago; son, Louis E. Burke and spouse
Alice Lee Burke of Baton Rouge; mother, Jeanette D. Baris,
Pawtucket; sister, Camille Brousseau, Pawtucket; and stepmother,
Yvette Baris, Franklin, Mass. Elise was preceded in death by her
father, Norman R. Baris, who was of Franklin. Pallbearers will
be Alan Guidry, David Guidry, Joseph Mondello, Houston Moss,
Joseph Nipper and Jud Terry. Visiting at Our Lady of Mercy
Catholic Church, 445 Marquette Ave., from 9 a.m. Monday, Nov.
28, until Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with the Rev.
Victor G. Messina, celebrant. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial
Park, 9595 Florida Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be
made to Our Lady of Mercy or St. Agnes Catholic churches in
Baton Rouge. A very special thanks to Generations Hospice nurses
and aides and the staff of NNA Dialysis.
Published in The
Advocate from 11/25/2005 - 11/27/2005.