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Irene O. Burns

Irene Burns (nee Stuparek), 88, beloved wife of the late Harold, loving mother and grandmother, died November 11, 2012, after a lengthy illness. Irene met her husband in Austria, and they married after the completion of his tour of duty in Europe with the US Army's 31st Battalion during WWII. She was working as a chemist at the BF Goodrich Chemical Plant in Avon Lake when she left to become a homemaker. After her children were older, she became a teacher at St. Vincent DePaul School in Elyria, where she was also a member of the parish. She later taught at St. Stanislaus School in Lorain. After retiring from her teaching career, Irene enjoyed gardening, baking, needlework, and traveling to Ireland, Scotland, and Austria with Harold. Throughout her life, she lent her artistic talents to numerous church and school events, and was an ardent supporter of wildlife preservation efforts. She is survived by her son, Patrick (Terri), of Lakewood, her daughter, Luba (Frank) Dobos, of Enderlin, ND, and her 3 grandchildren. Donations in Irene's memory may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5362, of which she was a lifelong member. Funeral services will be private and are being handled by the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Ave., Lorain.

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Mrs. Burns was my 4th grade teacher at St. Vincent de Paul school some 53 years ago. Few teachers have made a lasting impression on me, but I will never forget her. She was stern but fair and I always knew she really cared about us. She seemed to recognize my artistic talent and encouraged it by asking me to help her with bulletin boards and other projects. I loved it! To this day, art is still my favorite past time. I think she was very influential in my decision to become a teacher. I too, taught at St. Vincent for 23 years until it closed. I think most teachers hope that they have made lasting impressions on their students and inspire. them to excel.Mrs. Burns did that for me. My heartfelt condolences to Patrick and Luba and her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed, but there are so many lasting memories.God Bless You and give you strength and courage at this difficult time.Rosalie (Hornyak) Costilow St. Vincent de Paul Class of 1963

Rosalie Hornyak Costilow - November 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mrs. Burns was a teacher of mine at St. Stanislaus School in 1969 and 1970. I remember her as a caring and focused teacher who worked to make sure everyone learned the material she was teaching. There were times when she made us laugh and there were times when she became serious. But she always held us, as students, foremost in her mind. May she rest in peace.Dennis Sadowski

Dennis Sadowski - November 15, 2012 at 06:53 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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