Emma “Sue” Burke Nagg - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Emma “Sue” Burke Nagg

November 4, 1936 - January 26, 2021

Emma “Sue” Burke Nagg, age 84, of Newark, DE, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 26, 2021, surrounded by her loving family after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Brownsville, PA on November 4, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Sylvester and Emma Broadwater Burke, both of Brownsville, PA. After moving to Newark with her husband, Leslie Nagg, also from Brownsville, PA, Sue spent more than 20 years working for the Christiana School District. She started her career at Christiana High School then transferred to Gauger Middle School. Sue was also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for over 25 years. She acted as the transportation coordinator for the Road to Recovery program, where she won several awards.

Sue loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest! She treasured being a mother to her 2 children, Darcy and Roak, both of Newark. She took pleasure in traveling, making ceramics and spending time with her family, including her son-in-law, John Burbage. She also adored watching her “granddogs”, 2 miniature schnauzers named Lola and Rosebud.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Leslie Nagg; brothers, Walter, Ralph, Daniel, and Jack Burke; sisters, Anna Mae Gribble, Mary Jane Bennett, Geneive Burke and Thelma Pepper. She is survived by her brother-in-law, James Nagg (Cathy); sisters-in-laws, Bette Nagg and Jackie Nagg, along with many nieces, nephews and good friends.

All services will be held privately.

Any family members or friends who would like to view Sue’s service can live stream the service by clicking here at 10 am on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

The family would like to thank the Seasons Hospice staff for their kindness and support. A special thanks to Nurse Colleen for her compassion and assistance and Nurse Heather on the hospice unit who always went above the call of duty for making Sue and her family comfortable. The family would also like to thank the hospice unit social worker, Elizabeth, whose warmth, patience and tenderness was much appreciated during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sue’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Suite 205, New Castle, DE 19720.


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30 Condolences for Emma “Sue” Burke Nagg

  • LOVE YOU MOM! I will miss you, but I will see you again in Heaven!

  • Dear Darcy and Family,
    Thinking of you during this most difficult time. The memories you share will be a lasting comfort now and forever. Heaven opened the gates for a new angel, her wings will shield you and her love will continue to bless.

  • Dear Darcy and family, Extending our deepest sympathies for the loss of your precious mom. Knowing this leaves a huge void in your life and hoping that your love, cherished memories, and knowing that others share in your sorrow brings you comfort. Sending prayers for your hearts and spirits to be wrapped in the warmth of love, Cindy and Bob

  • My heartfelt condolence for your loss! Emma had a beautiful soul ! She will be missed .

  • Don and Family, We are Praying for GOD comfort and peace to dwell with you in this time of loss. God ways are not our ways and we don’t always understand his will but he always knows best. Stay focus on him and he will bring you through. From Laylor’s Family.

  • Dear Roak, Darcy and John
    Sue made a difference in so many lives. I am thankful to have had her in my life.
    Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs.
    Alice Connelly

  • Darcy and Roak, my deepest sympathy to you. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one. Keeping you in my prayers.
    Rin McDowell

  • Darcy and family,
    May you be comforted by your faith in knowing your mom is at peace and in a better place. Keep your memories of her close to your heart. Sending you hugs and prayers.

  • Darcy. So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. May she rest in peace.

  • Much Love and Prayers sent you’re way. May God continue to shower y’all with his strength and love. Sue you will be forever in my thoughts and heart. Will miss you’re smile and words of encouragement
    Love, Loretta Perry

  • I will never forget your Mom. She would visit me when she came into the HGCC.
    She brightened by days.
    Memories of her will be with you forever. She is with the love of her life now. I know that the two of them will be with all of you in spirit.
    Especially, when you least expect it.

  • Dear Darcy and Roak,
    Energetic, positive, and funny your mom always made me smile, laugh and feel good. I am sure she is continuing on like this in heaven:)
    Love Debbie

  • Darcy and Roak, my heart goes out to you both during this time of loss. I’m sending you deepest condolences and prayers for your comfort. I don’t know if you remember me from our teen years at Newark Baptist Church, but I remember you. May God bless and keep you. Love in Christ, Kathy

  • I was in charge of the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program. Sue volunteered with a passion to guide the drivers and relieve stress of the patients.
    Rough with the cancer but a delight to work with Sue.
    I will always remember her love for the color orange. She had it all: coats, pocketbooks, kitchen mixers, toaster and even a car!
    Love to her family. Sue you are missed. Ellen R.

  • Darcy, Roak and John,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. May you find strength in your faith to get you through this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Tammy Layer

  • Darcy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Sue was a wonderful woman, full of love and good humor. I always enjoyed her visits to our Breast Center events. Such a special lady.

  • Darcy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. May God continue give you peace and comfort in knowing “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”.


  • Darcy, So very sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Darcy,
    On behalf of the ONS Board of Directors and all your appreciative friends at ONS, I wish you and your family best wishes during this time of loss.
    Love to you and your family.
    Nancy Houlihan

  • So sorry for your loss Darcey and family. My sincere condolences.

  • Thinking of you all, Darcy, John, and Roak. We are so sad to hear about Sue’s passing. We send you our deepest condolences. We pray that the warmth of God’s love will comfort you all through this time.

  • Dear Darcy,
    My sincere condolences for the loss of your precious mom. What an incredible woman and role model she was and her dedication to the American Cancer Society was so admirable. May you hold onto the beautiful memories of her in your heart.

  • You were my favorite “Auntie” as I used to call you. I am going to miss our long Long Distance calls So much & I just wanted you to know how much I love you, but we will see each other again, like Roak said, in Heaven one day.

  • I guess I was being selfish and not telling you Darcy & Roak how sorry I am about your Mom’s passing. All of you are in my thoughts & prayers. Your Mom was very special & I know she’ll be missed by all that knew & loved her.

  • Darcy & Roak. I am so sorry for your Mother’s passing. Your in my thoughts & prayers. Please know how much I loved your Mom & will miss talking on the phone for hours sometimes. I know that we will see her again , like Roak said , one day in Heaven. God Bless y’all.

  • My heartfelt Condolences and Prayers to you and your family Darcy. Sending much Love ❤❤

  • Prayers for Aunt Sue

  • God Bless Aunt Sue. May you rest in peace.

  • Dear Darcy, Roak, and John
    Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your mom. We were blessed to have her in our lives and will cherish the wonderful memories of our very special Aunt. Aunt Susie was a loving, caring, full of life angel on earth and we know she is watching over you and us from heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love, Chris, Diane, and Meghan

  • Darcy and Roak: So sorry for the loss of your mom.
    She was a great and fun aunt. She can now rest in peace.