Maureen Elizabeth Burns KALAFUT

KALAFUT, Maureen Elizabeth Burns

Maureen Elizabeth Burns Kalafut, 63, of Manchester, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 5, 2013 while surrounded by family and friends. Born in Hartford to the late June Burns, she is survived by her adoring father, Thomas Burns, and her loving husband of 42 years, Roger Kalafut, who will carry Maureen in his heart and in his soul for all the days to come. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and best friend, Allyson Ruganis, her "son" Brian Ruganis, and her grandchildren, Brennen, Connor, and Mollie. She was predeceased by her sister, Gail Burns-Smith, with whom she is now reunited. Maureen leaves behind her brother, Tom Burns, and his wife Sue; her sister, Patti Burns; and her special brother-in-law Tom Smith and his wife Nancy. She will be deeply missed by all her nieces and nephews, who were all so important to her; Kerry Smith and her partner Rue Landau, David Smith, Emely Larson and her husband Steve, Sean Burns and his fiancée Julie Anderson, and her great-nephew Eli Smith-Landau. Maureen also leaves her dear aunt and godmother Virginia Bouvier, along with several cousins. In addition to her family, Maureen is survived by many "sisters," including her friends Elaine, Linda, Judy, Cheryl, Rosie, Pat, Carolyn, Rose Marie, and Fran, as well as her godchildren Renee and David. Maureen briefly worked at Travelers before dedicating the rest of her life to caregiving for children. While a stay-at-home mom to her own daughter, she was also a caregiver to three wonderful children, Elizabeth, Paul, and David. She found satisfaction in caring for and mentoring these children and in watching them grow into successful young adults. As a grandmother, Maureen continued her caregiving with her beloved grandchildren, Brennen, Connor, and Mollie, who will always remember their "Grammie" as the one who taught them to count and read and how to be the best they could be at everything they do. The family would like to thank Hartford Hospital for the excellent and compassionate care provided to Maureen, especially Kent Stahl, MD, Kristen Bissell, MD, and Alison Lane-Reticker, MD, along with all of the nurses and PCA staff of the Conklin Building, Floors 2 and 6.
Family and friends may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home 219 West Center St., Manchester on Friday (1/11) from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Bridget's Church 80 Main St., Manchester followed by burial in East Cemetery, Manchester. Those attending are asked to meet directly at church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, 96 Pitkin St., East Hartford, CT 06108. This organization holds a special meaning to the family. For online condolences please visit

Funeral Home

John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street Manchester, CT 06040-4857
(860) 643-1222

Published in The Hartford Courant on Jan. 9, 2013