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Jean M. Burns________________________

May 18, 1923 - July 7, 2013

Jean M. Burns, age 90 of Philip, S.D., died July 7, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, surrounded by her family.
Jean Mae Burns, the first child of Frank and Joy Keve Hauk, was born May 18, 1923. Her childhood was spent with her siblings, George, Max and Mary Joy Hauk on a farm northwest of Grindstone.
She worked her way through high school by being a mother's helper to the Bartholmew family and roomed at the old Winchester Hotel.
Shirley Burns introduced her to Homer Burns at a dance in Milesville and they married several months later. Dancing remained a lifelong source of happiness. Jean and Homer had four children: Bobby, Jack, Charlotte and Maralynn.
Jean took great pride in her homemaking skills. Keeping her home clean and tidy was of great importance to her. In fact, her nephews were pretty sure that when she wiped their faces there was Clorox on the washcloth! She loved making pies, bread, jelly, and pickles. Her garden was her special passion. Canning and freezing the produce gave her great joy. Her hobbies included embroidering and making rugs. A local lady who roomed with Jean and Homer when she went to high school, recalled that Jean always "freshened up" and changed her housedress when it was time for Homer to come home from work.
A true child of the 1930s, Jean frugally saved and stored anything that might have value or serve a practical purpose in the future. When faced with a new domestic challenge there was always some stored item that could be modified or adapted to solve the problem. The variety of uses for a popsicle stick was endless! No need to run out and buy something new!
In her younger years, she was active in community efforts to improve the quality of life in Philip. Among her activities she served as the first president of the hospital auxiliary.
When Homer died suddenly, she carried on with her family responsibilities since her four children were all still at home. In addition, she ran Homer's business with the help of Red Couch.
Howard Pihlaja, Jean's companion of many years, survives her. Jean is also survived by her children, Bobby (Gerry) Sloat, Jack (Marlene) Burns, Charlotte (Larry) Gabriel and Maralynn Burns. In addition, she is survived by 12 grandchildren, John (Carol) Osburn, Doug (Krista) Osburn, Julie (Chad) Callahan, Andy (Samantha) Sloat, Chris (Misti) Burns, Jeff (Heather) Burns, Robyn (Steve) Brazelton, Mindy (Lloyd) Metzger, Jeff (Heather) Gabriel, Danielle (Josh) Carlson, Dustin (Lynette) Hummel, and Cassi (Alan) Rislov; her great-grandchildren include, Eddie and Jannine Osburn; Anaktoria, Shane and Baylee Callahan; Makenzie, Anthony and Zachary Sloat; Nathan and Jace Brazelton; Patrick and Will Burns; Taylor, Brooke and Katie Burns; Sage, Cedar, Ember and Latham Gabriel; Cadan and Gage Carlson; Brayden and Maelee Hummel; and Rio and Ali Rislov; her brother, Max (Nancy) Hauk; sister, Mary Joy Hauk; two sisters-in-law, Peggy Hauk and Mary Martha Burns; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Jean was preceded in death by her husbands Homer Burns and Jud Fennell; her parents Frank and Joy (Keve) Hauk; her brother George Hauk; grandchildren Christy and Bill Osburn; and great-grandchildren Brace Allen and Paxton Ryder Gabriel.
Services were held Wednesday, July 10, at the United Church in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Cindy Nuzum, vocalist.
Ushers were Josh Carlson, Andy Sloat, Chad Callahan and Alan Rislov.
Pallbearers were Chris and Jeff Burns, John and Doug Osburn, Jeff Gabriel and Dustin Hummel.
Interment was be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Jean’s online guestbook can be signed at www.rushfuneralhome. com