PIQUA — Jean M. Burner, 86, of Piqua, died at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Clare Bridge of Troy Sterling House. She was born in Northampton, Mass, on Dec. 27, 1926, to the late James R. and Frances (Shannon) Mansfield. She married Andre H. Burner, Sr. on Feb. 3, 1952, in Brookline, Mass.; his untimely death on Aug. 4, 1965 resulted from an airplane accident.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ann (John) Brown of Indianapolis, Ind.; a son, Andre H. Jr. (Dianna) Burner of Piqua; and three granddaughters who were her pride and joy, Alison M. Brown, Katherine T. Brown and Meghan A. Burner. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Holden and her husband Joseph Bennett.
Mrs. Burner was a 1944 high school graduate in Brookline, Mass, earned her degree in nursing from Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in 1947 and attended Boston University. She retired as a Registered Nurse and personnel director from the French Oil Mill Machinery Company. As an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church she served as a member of its Pastoral Council, Worship Commission, Eucharistic Minister and Chairman of the Mission Commission. She served on the Board of Directors for the Catholic Social Services of the Northern Counties. She has served as the President of the Miami County American Cancer Society, YWCA of Piqua, the Piqua Area United Fund, Piqua Park Board, its Tree Committee, Miami County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Piqua Fortnightly Club, the Community Affairs Committee of the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, and Piqua Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary. She enjoyed volunteer service to her community and society through her efforts with Girl Scouts as a Leader, and Candy Stripe Instructor, P.T.A. member and supporter of local school bond issues, and the Arts in Piqua Schools. Additionally, she volunteered for the Hipple Cancer Research Center, the local American Red Cross with their Blood Bank, Nurses Program and Disaster Program, the Meals on Wheels of Piqua, Friends of the YWCA of Piqua Board, the Piqua Memorial and Upper Valley Medical Center Foundation Board where she chaired the Annual Support Committee and served as Ambassador and Auxiliary member. She was a former member of the Piqua Country Club, Communities Alive Program, Healthy Horizons program, Board of Directors of the former Weis Medical Center and Piqua Altrusa Club where she served in various offices. She was a charter graduate of the Leadership Piqua Program. She volunteered at UVMC weekly and had over 9000 Volunteer hours.
She was the recipient of numerous honors including the prestigious "Order of George" community award in 1982, Rotary "Paul Harris Fellow" Award in 1997, the Piqua Salvation Army "Others" Award in 1999, the Hipple Cancer Research Center "Certificate of Appreciation" in 1994, the "Civic Participation" Award from the Business and Professional Women's Club in 1981, the American Red Cross "Good Neighbor" Award in 1979 and the YWCA "Woman of Excellence" Award in 2004.
Jean loved her adopted community of Piqua which she located in 1952, with her husband Andre as he assumed the position of Vice President of the French Oil Mill Machinery Company. Her family, faith and friends were her "Life Line."
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am Saturday December 28, 2013 in St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Thomas L. Bolte and Rev. Fr. Angelo C. Caserta as Con-celebrants. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 pm Friday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home where a prayer service will be conducted at 4:00 pm led by Rev. Fr. Francis J. Keferl. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church 528 Broadway Piqua, OH, 45356, the Piqua Ambulance Fund, P. O. Box 720 Piqua, OH 45356, the YWCA of Piqua, 418 N. Wayne Street Piqua, OH, 45356, or Methodist Hospital Foundation, 1800 N. Capital Ave., P. O. Box 7168, Indianapolis, IN 46207. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com.