Ann Marie Dunne Bursis of Honesdale died at her home on Wednesday following an illness.
Born in Carbondale on Oct. 8, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Isabelle Canivan Dunne. She retired in 1992 as a state internal revenue agent. She was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. Her faith was a personal and special part of her life to the very end. Community and people were very important to her. In the 1970s, she was part of heading up the "Hornets' Hive" on Main Street to have a place for the youth to go, and served on many civic committees throughout the years.
Those who knew Ann know that politics was part of her every day life. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Isabelle, she was active in the Democratic Party from a very young age. She worked tirelessly for many candidates on the local, state and national levels. She politically served in many capacities. Some include: Pennsylvania Young Democrats; Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee; Wayne County Democratic chairwoman; treasurer, Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee; Gov. Edward Rendell's transition team; and many local and state campaigns. She attended every Democratic National Convention, in various roles, from 1964 (with the exception of 1968) to 2012. She was proud to have attended this past convention in September 2012 with her oldest grandson, Emerson. She gained trust and friendship from many, on both local and state levels, for her fairness and her belief in politics being a segue for the betterment of the people and community as a whole. Her family was the main part of her world. She was in contact with everyone on a regular basis. She also loved, treasured and treated her friends as her family. Ann was always available as a listening ear if someone just needed to talk or ask for advice. Her heart was always in the right place, and she did all she could to help people. She was known to "hold court" at the Towne House Diner on a daily basis, where many of them met to talk over daily events.
Surviving are sons, T. Jeffrey Bursis and wife, Janet, Lake Ariel; and William J. Bursis and Sue, Hawley; daughter, Patricia A. Bursis and Terri, Honesdale; one sister, Patricia D. O'Neill, Central Square, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Emerson M. Bursis, Marshall H. Bursis and Carrie Mander; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a son, John; brother, Thomas F. Dunne; and sisters, Margaret Dunne Mitman and Rita D. Soete.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, Honesdale. All friends attending Mass are asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Honesdale.
Family and friends may visit Hessling Funeral Home Inc., 428 Main St., Honesdale on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Condolences: www.hes slingfuneralhome.com