Joanne Burnett

Sparks, Nevada

1938 - 2017 (Age 79)


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Joanne BurnettFebruary 20, 1938July 14, 2017Joanne W. ("Burnie") Burnett, aged 79, died peacefully on July 14, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital after a courageous struggle with multiple medical problems at several medical facilities. Joanne/Burnie was born February 20, 1938 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the...

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Still think of you often and hope that one day we can meet again.

Joanne was my best friend at Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff AZ. Our birthdays were one day apart and although we only saw each other one time after that, we always kept in touch on birthdays and Christmas. I didn't know she was so sick at the end. I will miss her dearly.

Inspirational, kind, genuine, funny. Her gift was that everyone knew that she was their advocate and biggest fan. Truly a special teacher and I am very sad to hear of her passing.

A well-remembered teacher whom I experienced as a sophomore ('65/66). Mrs. Burnett embodied the Minnesota ethic (see anything by Garrison Keillor). Her kindness, & her earnestness in connecting with her students (who could be hard to reach even in honors classes), were notable. She truly was creative in her teaching, and I'm happy to find she touched so many in her many years at WHS. A truly dedicated educator. Condolences to family, friends & former students.


"Burnie Says B.S." - I'll never forget that red rubber stamp with an owl and that phrase (spelled out, BTW). It didn't grace my papers, thankfully, but it was an exciting day when someone did 'suffer her wrath' via the red stamp. This and so many other warm and heart-warming memories make me SO thankful that she gave me my wings. I would not be the person I am today without Joanne Burnett guiding me through my awkward years. Much love to her family. ~Maureen (Church) Mays

I will always remember you as one of the greatest educators I had the privilege of knowing. With your unforgettable gentle heart and wide smile, you made such a tremendous difference, as you provided a safe haven for, and reinforced tudents with unique and creative gifts.
Wishing you eternal peace, and your loved ones comfort, during this difficult time. I look forward to when we shall meet over that distant horizon.

Robert Bandhauer
Denver, Colorado.


My deepest sympathies go to her family. Please know she was one of my favorite teachers in high school. She fueled/sparked the imaginations of her students. She was my teacher for my English and Science/Fiction Fantasy classes and I always looked forward to her classes. She was simply wonderful!! I still love Shakespeare and read Science Fiction/Fantasy books to this day. She will be missed, but she touched so many lives that she will certainly never be forgotten. Wishing her family...

She was the type of teacher that one hopes our children and grandchildren get a teacher or twenty just like her.
I was blessed enough to have her as an English teacher at Wooster HS and my daughter was blessed to have her 20 yrs later. Mrs. Burnett created a fire and passion for even those who hated to read and made a potentially dull and boring class into one always looked forward to!
I always loved fantasy and science fiction and had read Tolkien long before her class, but she...