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Ms. Ann J. (Burke) Travers

March 6, 1940 ~ June 18, 2018 (age 78)

Ms. Ann J. (Burke) Travers, age 78 of Bristol, died Monday, June 18, 2018 at RI Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born in Fall River, MA and a lifelong Bristol resident, she was the daughter of the late John L. “Todd” and Anna R. “Nancy” (Vatalaro) Burke. Ann’s most cherished moments were spent with her children, granddaughter and many nieces and nephews. She loved hosting gatherings and holidays, especially the 4th of July which became a memorable tradition for all family and friends. Selfless is a word many use to describe Ann, always generous and giving, putting others before herself.
Ann was a graduate of Colt Memorial High School, class of 1957 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from RI College in 1972. She was a teacher for the Bristol School Department for 28 years, retiring in 2000 as a second grade teacher at Byfield School. Following her retirement, she owned and operated The Art of Learning Store in Warren, and recently was a companion for Home Health Care. She was a proud, dedicated parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Bristol. Ann leaves two children; Joseph P. Travers of East Providence and Karyn Travers-Harper of Bristol, her granddaughter; Sophia Ann Harper and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was the sister of the late John L. Burke, Jr. and Joan B. Ferri. Funeral services from the Sansone Funeral Home, 192 Wood Street, Bristol, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood Street, Bristol. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol. Visiting hours will be Friday, June 22, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood Street, Bristol, RI 02809 or to the American Lung Association in Rhode Island, 260 W. Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903 or online at For online condolence, shared memories, information and directions go to

Donations may be made to:

St. Mary's Church
330 Wood Street, Bristol RI 02809

American Lung Association of Rhode Island
260 W. Exchange Street, Providence RI 02903

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