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Mary E. “Betty” Burns

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On June 2, 2019 @ 12:51 pm In Obituary | 9 Comments


ALBANY – Mary E. “Betty” Burns, 93, formerly of Albany, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Eddy Village Green in Cohoes.  Betty was born in Troy, the daughter of the late William Logan and Ellen Halloran Logan.  She was employed by the New York Telephone Co., Montgomery Wards, and Matthew Bender, and was an active member of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Albany.  At the church she served with the bereavement group, was a member of the senior citizens group, and spent countless Wednesdays with her dear friends at the Granny Squares.  Betty said she was put here to raise her children, and she devoted herself to the care and raising of her family, and continued that devotion to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Betty was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Robert J. Burns, Sr., in 2008.  She is survived by her children Mary Beth Nowak (Tom) of Altamont, Robert Burns, Jr. (Lisa) of Rochester, Michael Burns (Michelle) of Glenmont, James Burns (Elaine) of Altamont, and Teresa Burns Parkhurst (Ace) of Albany; her eleven grandchildren Michael, Chris and Amy Nowak, Erin, Kristin and Bobby Burns, Michael and Matthew Burns, James, Greg and Emily Burns; her twelve great grandchildren Spencer, Claire, Ellery, Benjamin, Ethan, Madeline, Isabella, Jessica, Jackson, Colin, Cayden, and Callie; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her daughter in law Joyce Zwack Burns, her brother William J. Logan, and her sister Helen J. McCann.

The family would like to offer its deep gratitude to the loving and compassionate staff at Marjorie Doyle Rockwell Center for making the last three years so joyful, and also to the staff at The Eddy Village Green, House 3, for their tireless care and attention to our mother.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 8:15 a.m., and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) at 9:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.  Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.  Those who wish may make memorial contributions to All Saints Catholic Church, 12 Rosemont St., Albany, NY 12203; or to the Sacred Heart Food Pantry, 33 Walter St., Albany, NY 12204.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Click here to view Betty’s resting place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York.

Condolences for the family of “Mary E. “Betty” Burns”

Condolence from Mike & Kerry Anton on June 3rd, 2019 3:28 am

Kerry and I offer our deepest condolences to the Burns family. May Betty’s memory be eternal, God rest her soul.

Condolence from Patti Donohue on June 3rd, 2019 5:06 am

I’m very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. My best to you and your family.

Condolence from Robert G. Conway, Jr. on June 3rd, 2019 6:54 am


Please accept my sympathy on the passing of your mother. You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. May you be comforted by many happy memories of your mother in life.

Condolence from Susan Coonradt on June 3rd, 2019 9:41 am

I was saddened to hear of your mom’s passing. She was truly a very special lady. While she was with us at the Doyle it was a pleasure to have taken care of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Betty will always hold a very special place in my heart now and always.

Condolence from Charles Matlock on June 3rd, 2019 3:40 pm

My condolences to the family of “Betty”,

Condolence from Sue Pastiglione on June 3rd, 2019 5:15 pm

Mike, Shelly, Michael and Matt, our thoughts and prayers to you and the entire Burns family. Your Mom/Gram, was a very special lady, May she RIP.

Condolence from Mike O’ Heaney on June 4th, 2019 3:54 pm

Sorry I am unable to join you all due to my health problems. The memory of all the Burns Family is so clearly etched in my mind that made those days happy and still does the same. If anyone has a moment any time I would love a visit. Liz could point the way. Love and prayers to all. Michael O’ Heaney

Condolence from Leslie Laplante on June 4th, 2019 4:37 pm

I was your fathers secretary for many years at the Labor Department. I met your Mom when there were retirement parties and also talked to her many times on the phone when trying to reach Bob. When your Dad decided to retire she invited myself and another secretary over to their house for lunch. She was so gracious and fun, you couldn’t help but love her. So sorry to hear of her passing. My deepest condolences. She and Bob are reunited in heaven.

Leslie Laplante

Condolence from Leslie Mulhern Brady on June 5th, 2019 8:17 am

MaryBeth and family,
I am saddened to learn of the passing of your Mom. I have many fond memories of my younger days spent at your house. When I saw her at MDRC, she recognized me immediately. She was such a gracious and giving lady and will be missed by so many. All of my thoughts and prayers to you and the rest of the Burns family.

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