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Donald J. Burns, 84 – Worked Security for Miners Bank for 40 Years

Donald J. Burns, 84, of Pottsville, passed away Tuesday, August 27, at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Schuylkill, E. Norwegian St., Pottsville.

Born in Pottsville on March 19, 1935, he was a son of the late Frank M. & Camillus M. (Garrigan) Burns.

He was the loving husband of 56 years to Mary Ann (Puzauskie) Burns.

Don was a graduate of St. Stephen High School, Class of 1953. He also graduated from American Institute of Banking, and Ford School of Business.

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He had been employed by the former Miners National Bank as security officer of bank properties for 40 years, until his retirement in 1995. Don had also worked for City Bank of Washington, and Schlitzer-Allen-Pugh Funeral Home.

He was a member of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Port Carbon, having served as a lector. Don also belonged Mechanicsville Beneficial Association, the former Mechanicsville Hose Company, Perry Township Game Association, Shoemakersville Game Association, and the NRA.

He also belonged to AARP, former Pottsville Club, Mechanicsville Borough Sewer Authority, and had served as an advisor of the 4H Club.

Don loved to travel. Some of his favorite destinations were New England, Scotland, Ireland, and Mexico.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Lewis F. Burns, in 2006.

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In addition to his wife, Don is also survived by a brother, Paul E. Burns, husband of Mary Montag Burns, Pottsville, a niece, Heather Bartashus Baker, Mechanicsburg, two grandchildren, Emma, & Abigale Motta, a godchild, Laura Browne, County Cork, Ireland, and was a Special Pop Pop to Chloe Sofia Heck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, Port Carbon, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 31st, officiated by Monsignor William Glosser.

A visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass at church.

Interment will follow mass at Skyview Memorial Park, Hometown, PA.

Family request donations in Don’s memory to St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 218 Valley St. Port Carbon, PA 17965.

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Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, has been entrusted with arrangements.



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