Theresa M. Burns of Des Plaines Theresa M. Burns, 57, was the loving sister of Cathy (Bruce) Sanborn, Chuck (Dotty) Burns, Tom (Leslie) Burns and Mari Burns; devoted aunt to Brian (Courtney) Burns, Chris Burns, Pat Burns, Kathleen Burns, Peter Sanborn, Megan Sanborn, Casey Sanborn, Mallory Sanborn, Sarah Burns, Mike Burns, William Mefferd, Carly Mefferd and Matthew Mefferd; beloved niece to Joyce Byron (nee Burns); great-aunt to Jack and Lily; dear daughter to the late Charles Walter Jr. (and Beth) Burns, and the late Carole Mae Burns (nee Damler); and was devoted to her furry friends, Todzy and Pumpkin. Teri was a graduate of St. Louise De Marillac High School and the University of Dayton. She worked in social work most of her adult life and was admired and loved by the children she served. She will be remembered for her strength, kindness, love and dedication to her family and friends. Memorial visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, 330 W. Golf Road, Schaumburg. She will lie in state Friday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2515 W. Palatine Road, Inverness, with Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to or to benefit the children to whom Teri dedicated her life. For funeral information, call 847-882-5580 or visit

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 2013