Gayle Lynne Affinito (nee Burton), 66, of Oak Park, died March 5, 2013. She was the mother of Victoria Lynne Affinito, sister of Warren Burton, daughter of the late Lorraine Burton (nee Stryska) and Donald Burton, grandmother of Dina, Bella and Jasmine. She was the cousin of many, including Kate Bassie and Maureen Poniatowski who lit up her life in the last days. She is remembered by friends Kathy “Rafter” Joyce, Annie Jackson and Pat Martina among many others whom she met during her successful career as a finance and credit manager for Peterbilt-Kenworth, Navistar, and HSBC. She also worked in Forest Park at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home.

Her daughter, Victoria thanked her mother for “showing me the finer things in life and for teaching me humbleness; for teaching me to love animals and to be kind to people.” Victoria also remembered special care taken at Christmases and “making every holiday so very special.”

“Thank you for working so hard for us, showing us how to fight for what’s right, never giving up and for being my rock,” Victoria wrote. “Thank you for always being there and making me who I am. You are in our hearts forever. Watch over us Mama and be at peace with Jesus and the little Lambs, I love you.”

A memorial service and inurnment will be held at Bohemian National Cemetery Chapel, 5255 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago on Friday, March 22, at 11:30a.m. A celebration of life will follow the service. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Chicago Anticruelty Society at Please contact Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home for further information. 708-366-2200 or