Sister Jane Burns, CSJ (Sister John Dolores)
Sister Jane Burns, CSJ (Sister John Dolores), 97, died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, NY. Sister Jane had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 76 years.
Christened Aurilla Jane Burns, Sister Jane was born in Fort Edward, NY, on November 5, 1913, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Doney Burns. After graduating from Fort Edward High School, Sister Jane entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March19, 1935 and professed final vows on August 15, 1940. She received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in French, both from The College of Saint Rose. Sister Jane taught for 50 years in elementary and secondary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and served at The College of Saint Rose for eleven years. In addition, she taught in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Sister Jane was a dedicated woman of prayer and deep faith. She was an excellent teacher of French who tried continuously to draw out the best from her students. Gifted with exceptional skills as a seamstress, Sister Jane custom designed and made hundreds of pairs of drapes and slipcovers in her lifetime. She was a welcoming, gracious woman who could be simultaneously down-to-earth, honest, humorous and fun. Most importantly, Sister Jane was a family-oriented, faith-guided and service-focused Sister of St. Joseph who will be dearly missed.
Sister Jane is survived her beloved sister, Helen Rice, of Dunedin, FL; by her dear nieces and nephews and their families: Jane Burns of South Glens Falls; Catherine Corlew of Queensbury; Thomas Burns of Queensbury; and Robert Burns of Canandaigua; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, Sister Jane was predeceased by two brothers: John and Walter Burns; four sisters: Mildred, Valerian, Sophia and Betty Burns; one nephew, Peter Burns; and many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Jane’s funeral Liturgy washeld on Wednesday, June 1, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Jane’s’ memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.