Joanna Burk Cormier

November 13, 1959 - November 21, 2020

Joanna Burk Cormier, age 61, of Earleville, MD, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

Born in Columbus, OH on November 13, 1959, she was a daughter of the late Stewart and Ruth (Hagedorn) Burk. Upon graduation from Baltimore Lutheran High School in Towson, MD, Joanna attended Averett University to study equine studies and business. She taught at Mary Washington College for 2 years then later at Goucher College. For the past 13 years, she worked at Outback Trading Co. Over the past few months, she took pleasure in working at the Hallmark Store in Elkton, MD. Strong in her faith, Joanna was very active in her church, Faith Lutheran Church, where she loved making yearly confirmation banners. She was a member of the National Honor Society and Who’s Who in America. In Joanna’s spare time, she enjoyed riding, kayaking, puzzles, art, and especially spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Joanna is preceded in death by her brother, Paul Burk. She is survived by her devoted husband of 36 years, Robert Cormier; children, Danielle Cormier Malone (Nicholas) and Elyse Cormier; grandchildren, Julia and Conrad Malone; siblings, David Burk, Ruth Kirchhoff (Art), George Burk (Cindy), and Stu Burk (Joan); sister-in-law, Reatha Burk; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held privately. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanna’s memory to Reins of Life Therapeutic Riding, 113 Crestwood Road, Landenberg, PA 19350.


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14 Condolences for Joanna Burk Cormier

  • Bob, Danielle and Elyse-
    I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Jo and I will remember her best by her kindness, patience and her beautiful smile.
    Maryellen Knorr and family

  • My heart and prayers are with you all. I always loved it when you guys came to visit when we were in DE. Jo was always so warm, welcoming and gracious. I will miss her. Love you guys. Xoxo

  • I’m so sorry to see that Jo has passed! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! While working in Dr. Rahman’s office Jo was always my favorite face to see come through the door!

  • Jo was the best and will never be forgotten. We’ve donated to Reins of Life as requested on her behalf. Love goes out to the Cormiers from the Taperas.

  • Beautiful slideshow. That smile… So much love…

  • A Beautiful Woman !!! So many great memories growing up with Joanna.
    Lots of Love to the Cormier family and The Burk family
    ❤️ ❤️

  • Dear Bob and Family, we are so saddened by Jo’s passing. She will always be remembered for her warm, infectious smile and her laugh. We are praying for all of you in the days ahead!! May God bless you and comfort you all!

  • God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
    —Revelation 21: 4

  • Although many years since I have talked to Jo, I remember her well. She had a kind heart and strong spirit.
    Our sincere condolences to the family for such a loss. May God hold you close in love and light.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. I remember her wonderful smile especially. We have made a contribution to Reins of Life Therapeutic Riding in Landenberg Pa. in her honor. Sue & Dan Lupinetti

  • We are so sad to lose sweet Jo. She is a true friend and special to us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her loved ones. She has touched and blessed our lives in so many ways.

    Love you,

    Owen & Emily

  • Dearest Bob, Danielle and Elyse,
    We can’t begin to express our deepest condolences in this time of your profound loss. Jo was an amazing woman and brought the best out in everyone around her. The biggest heart and the broadest smile which lit up any room she entered. She was like a Mom to her students and Corey adored her and learned so much from her far beyond Dressage and Equitation. Many life lessons in the ring and out. An amazing mentor.
    I’m sorry that due to the private service we cannot be there with you today but we will be there in spirit and our fervent prayers.
    All our love and prayers,
    Jeanne, Frank, Michael and Corinne

  • Bob, Danielle and Elyse ,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I grew up with Joann. She was truly a beautiful person inside and out. Her smile lite up a room. She will be greatly missed.

  • I did not know Joanna at all, but I was a member of Pastor Burk’s congregation in Cleveland, Ohio. I went to school with David, Paul, Reatha, and more. I loved all the Burk’s, and think of them often. I’m so sorry for your loss and may the Holy Spirit give you peace and comfort.