Joan Burns, 89, of Waverly, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family, on Thursday, October 7, 2021. Joan Frances Fortier was born July 1, 1932, in Waterloo, Iowa, to Waldo and Mary (Frost) Fortier. She graduated from Sacred Heart School in 1950. She met Tom Burns while in high school and they married on February 21, 1952.
Joan (Mom, Mimi, Grams, and Grandma) will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a relentlessly positive and supportive presence in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and friends. She was a trusted confidant and mentor to many more. She was kind, non-judgmental, and gracious. She credited her faith as her source of strength throughout her life. For many years Joan and Tom operated a construction company in Waterloo with Joan managing the business from a home office while somehow simultaneously raising eight children in that same happy, chaotic home. She was a talented artist, creating cherished works of art for her family. She enjoyed her puzzles, crosswords, and was an avid reader. She loved the game of golf and told many stories about the golf vacations she and Tom took each winter.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Jeff Burns (Susan), Gary Burns, Julie Deines (Dave), Laura Beenblossom (Joe), Connie Zinkula (Jerry), Paul Burns (Joan), son-in-law, Ed Kammeyer, nineteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Joan was preceded in death by her husband of over 45 years, Tom, her daughter Jodi, her son Danny, and her sister Mary Louise Suiter.
A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waverly, Iowa; visitation will take place a half hour prior. A private family burial will be held at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Waterloo, Iowa. Masks encouraged. Memorials may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, Waterloo.
Our condolences for the loss of your wonderful and loving mother.
Sandra Renner and Larry Leopard
October 15, 2021
Joan was a close friend for many years. I know that she was a wonderful mother.
October 14, 2021
My prayers and sympathies are being sent to Jeff and his family. May your cherished memories help ease your sorrow.
Jean Shimpach Griffin
October 13, 2021
I took Communion to Joan for several years, and we always had a good visit. She delighted in her family and her faith. My sympathy and prayers to her loved ones.
October 13, 2021
I grew up on West Mullan in Waterloo
just a house away from Joan. She & 2 other girls were my "big sisters" as they were 5 years or so older than me.
We would play board games together on one of our front porches for hours.
Great memories from bygone days.
Thanks for the memories Joan.
My sympathies to all her family.