Sister Laurene Burns,O.S.C.

Sister Laurene Burns,O.S.C.

July 10, 1928 - January 16, 2021
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Sister Laurene Burns, O.S.C.

Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved sister, aunt, great aunt, great-great aunt, and friend, passed away Saturday January 16, 2021. Age 92 years. Daughter of the late James and Gertrude (Fetter) Burns, Laurene was born July 10, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio. She entered the Poor Clare community in Canton, Ohio in 1949. In 1953 she was part of a group sent to establish a new Poor Clare community in Washington, DC. In 1967, she transferred to the Poor Clare community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In community she served as cook, gardener, leader of the community and the novice director. In 1991 she was one of the four sisters who accepted Bishop Ken Untener’s invitation to bring the Poor Clare community to Saginaw. In 2015 she moved to Community Village assisted living care in Saginaw, MI.

To know Sister Laurene was to expect abundance in everything she did, whether creating a soufflé for four that would feed ten friends, to wrapping Christmas gifts that looked like wedding gifts for the royal family.

She had a gift for telling a good story. She often told of coming home from a doctor’s appointment as a youth. She stopped to buy an ice cream cone which for some reason she was not supposed to have. A determined child, she boarded a bus home. The bus jerked to a stop and her ice cream fell into a lady’s fancy brimmed hat. When Laurene saw the ice cream melting through the lady’s hat, she immediately got off the bus -- 3 miles before her stop. She said that if only she could have admitted what happened to the lady’s hat, she could have saved herself a long walk home.

Her memory will be cherished by her sisters, Laura Hammel, and Dianne Doughty in Saginaw, Michigan. She will also be remembered by her Poor Clare sisters in Rochester, MN and communities in Korea.

She will be missed by family members as well, especially her sisters Alicia Burns, Kathleen McCrossin and Camilla Burns, SNDdeN; brother John Burns; sister-in-law Pat Burns; and leaves many nieces and nephews from many generations. Sister Laurene was preceded in death by two sisters, Veronica Burns and Eileen Burns; three brothers, Francis (Colleen) Burns, Leo Burns and James Burns; and a sister-in-law, Lilliana Burns. A special thanks to Community Village and American Hospice and Health Care for the love and care given.

Due to COVID restrictions a private funeral service will take place with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Sisters of St. Clare. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at
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Denise Suminski

Posted at 09:36pm
The moment I met her, I loved her!
It sure was an honor and privilege to work with her as end-of-life neared.
Dianne and Laura, you are saints. Thank you for taking her home to spend her final days with you at her side. It was all so perfect. She and her beautiful smile are etched in my memory forever. God's peace to you who are left behind...for now. Remember to celebrate life...she did!
Love always,
Denise, RN

Agnes Schmitz

Posted at 12:53pm
Our sympathy to you, Sister Diane and Sister Laura.
Sister Laurene was such a loving lady. Always friendly and happy to see us when we made our trip to Saginaw. We remember the neat time we had wrapping silverware with her and Sister B at the home. Our last visit with her was so special, we are happy we spent that time with her. May she Rest In Peace. Love Bernie and Aggie Schmitz from Minnesota.

Jack Johnson

Posted at 11:42am
The Sisters of St. Clare are in my thoughts and prayers. May Sister Laurene rest in peace!


Posted at 07:40pm
When Sr. Laurene would give you a hug -as tiny as she was - she really gave you a hug. I will miss her hugs, her energy & how much she love life. R. I. P. ❤️😇 🤗 your friend Monica B

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