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Donald Aloysius Rourke

April 7, 1929 ~ October 8, 2019 (age 90)

ROURKE, Donald Aloysius - Age 90, of Flushing, died Tuesday, October 8, 2019. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 AM Saturday, October 12, 2019 at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 310 N. Cherry St, Flushing. Fr. Anthony Brooks celebrant. Burial in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Laingsburg. Visitation will be held at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, 8138 Miller Road, Swartz Creek Friday from 3-8 PM where a rosary will be prayed at 7 PM and at church Saturday from 10 AM until the time of the Mass. Those desiring may contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Donald was born April 7, 1929 in Owosso, the son of Sylvester and Gertrude (Powers) Rourke. He was a 1947 graduate of St. Paul Catholic High School. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army. He married Barbara Jane Hurst July 7, 1956 in Laingsburg and she preceded him in death April 21, 2013. Donald had resided in Flushing for the past 13 years coming from Flint. He retired from GM Buick Motors after 44 years of service; he also owned and operated Don Rourke Fence Company. He was a current member of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and was a founding member of St. Pius X Catholic Church. He also was a proud member of the U.A.W. and the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are: his children, Theresa Cullen (Daniel Fortnam) of Massachusetts, Matthew Rourke of Flushing, Timothy (Angela) Rourke of Flushing, and Anne Rourke of Birmingham; grandchildren, Kara Cullen of Pennsylvania, Conaire Cullen of Colorado, Maggie Rourke of Flushing, and Cameron Rourke of Flushing; special caregiver, Laura Clark; and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James, Lawrence, Richard, and Sylvester; sisters, Mary Murphy and Lucille Rourke. We know grandpa is with grandma now doing his famous Irish jig while she smiles on. Tributes may be shared at

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