Mark P. Burns
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Age 85, dearly beloved husband for 56 years of the late Mary Ellen Burns (nee Cullen). Devoted father of Colleen Pochyly, Maureen (Wally) Bekta, and Kathleen (Brian) Clancy. Adoring grandfather of Ellie, Kate, Dona (Bob), Caitlin (Greg), Margaret, Sean, Patrick, and Timmy. Cherished great-grandfather of Emma, Anna, Addy, Ronan, and Luca. Loving brother of the late Patricia (late Jim) Walsh, late William, and late Robert Burns. Mark valued education and worked hard to secure academic scholarships to St Ignatius and the University of Notre Dame (ND '56). He was a successful salesman for IBM and bank chairman, but his favorite roles were husband, father, grandfather & champion of his family. His wisdom and unconditional love will be his legacy. Due to Covid-19, masks are required and no loitering is preferred. Visitation Friday 3-8 p.m. Funeral Saturday 9:45 a.m. from the Robert J. Sheehy & Sons Funeral Home, 9000 W. 151st Street, Orland Park, IL to Our Lady of the Woods Church, Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Good Shepherd Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Notre Dame. Please direct your gift to the Mark P. Burns Memorial Fund. Contributions can be made online at, by phone at 574-631-5150 or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Please make checks payable to the University of Notre Dame. Please indicate that you would like to direct your gift to the Mark P. Burns Memorial Fund. Please leave a memory for the family on Mark's Tribute Wall; your stories will bring comfort to his family. 708-857-7878

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Published in Chicago Tribune on Nov. 19, 2020.
Funeral Mass
10:30 AM
Our Lady of the Woods Church
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November 25, 2020
Mark was my friend and classmate at Notre Dame and Saint Ignatius. He was in love with Mary Ellen from their first meeting.Mark was not only intelligent,but also a fine person. I will miss our conversations.
Charley Penna
November 21, 2020
Our sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful husband, father, and friend. He will be sadly missed. Wayne and Nancy Kuchan
Wayne & Nancy Kuchan
November 21, 2020
Let me first comment that Glen Mazade described Mark quite well, My comments start a bit earlier. Mark and I were roommates at Notre Dame during our junior and senior years. Right from the start we were great friends and our relationship continued until his death. He was family. He was also my client. He was strategically acute. Knowing his father was con cerned, Mark was proud to tell him of his acceptance and scholarship to Notre Dame before he died. Post graduation we alums appointed him president of our Notre Dame class of 1956, Life is not the same without him.

November 20, 2020
Dear Family of Mark
We were crestfallen to read notice of Mark's death. You all have our deepest sympathy. He was such a good man always willing to volunteer his help and guidance. While solace is difficult to find in a time like this you might reflect on the words on a tombstone somewhere in Ireland :
" Death leaves a sadness that no one can heal. Love leaves us memories no one can steal ." As Mark joins his beloved Mary Ellen in the arms of the Lord he will stay in our thoughts and and prayers; and , may he now rest in the peace of the Lord he so richly deserves.
Jerry and Betty Croke
Jerry Croke
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