Virginia "Dottie" (Hackel) Burns , VRHS Class of 1934

EAST GREENBUSH Virginia Hackel Burns, 76, of Chatham Court died Saturday, July 7, 1990, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, after she was stricken while traveling.

Mrs. Burns was born in Albany and lived in Rensselaer and East Greenbush most of her life.She retired in 1978 as a bookkeeper for the New York State Teachers Retirement System in Albany. She previously was a bookkeeper for her husband's company, Burns Pharmacy in Rensselaer.

Mrs. Burns was a board member of the Rensselaer Girls Club, secretary of the Rensselaer Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, a volunteer at Albany Memorial Hospital, past president of Van Rensselaer Parent Teacher Association, a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and past choir mother at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany.

She was also an Artist and a member of the Fort Crailo Art Association in Rensselaer, the East Greenbush Camera Club, the Shakespearean Society in Rensselaer and the Aurania Club in Albany.

She was the Widow of Marshall F. Burns. Survivors include three daughters, Valerie McDonald and Christine Burgess, both of East Greenbush, and Judith Hughes of LaCrosse Wis.; two sons Lawrence Burns of East Greenbush and James M. Burns of Mechanicsville, Va: two brothers Robert Hackel of Latham and Ernest Hackel of Fairfield, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The service will be at 11 AM Thursday in the W J Lyons Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave. Rensselaer, with burial in Memory's Garden, Colonie.

Contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Northeast New York, or the Diabetes Treatment Center of America, care of Albany Memorial Hospital.

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