12/8/2014 – Therese M. Burns, Clayton

12/8/2014 – Therese M. Burns, Clayton

There will be a Funeral Mass on Thursday, Dec. 11. At 11am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Father Arthur LaBaff officiating for Mrs. Therese M. Burns, age 88, formally of State Street, who died Sunday, Dec. 7th, at Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown. A reception will follow the service in St. Mary’s Parish Center. There will be no calling hours.

Therese was born August 27, 1926, in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of Antoine and Georgeanna Pauze Tetrault. Her family moved to Clayton in 1939, where she graduated from Clayton Central School.

On April 26, 1944, she married Robert F. Burns in Alexandria, LA. Mr. Burns died July 3, 2004 at age 81.

Therese worked various jobs in the Clayton area, including 9 years at Clayton Marina. She was a bookkeeper at Reinmans for a time. She worked as a waitress and a hostess at the Thousand Islands Resort for 5 years.

She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, the Colon Couch Post 821 Ladies Legion Auxiliary, and the St. Ann’s Altaren Rosary Society at St. Mary’s Church.

Therese was an avid golfer belonging to the ladies golfing league, and enjoyed snowmobiling, walking, and especially her family.

She is survived by two sons, Tim (Phyllis) of Black River and J.D. (Andrea) of California; one daughter, Mrs. Dianne (Tom) Brabant of Clayton; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She is the last one of a family of nine children, including two from the Clayton area, Maurice Tetrault and Ceceile (Raymond) Secor.

Donations can be made in her name to Hospice of Jefferson County.


  1. Michelle Cerow Hodge Posted

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Aunt Theresa. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed. Thinking of all of you at this time. With Love Michelle Cerow Hodge

  2. Louie and Rose Montante Posted

    Our heartfelt sympathy.

  3. Ron Bishop Posted

    I spent a lot of time visiting my Mom Louise Bishop at Sam Keep where I met Therese, My Mom and her sat at the same table everyday, she was a nice lady. Very nice and polite one of the CNA’s would speak French to her when she would give her meals and her face would lite up. Therese and her Family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Sally Bogenschutz Posted

    Diane, Tim and JD, I was sorry to read about your mom. I have wonderful memories of playing golf with her in the league. We were on the same team several times throughout the years. No matter how long you have your parents, it is still difficult to lose them at any age. Thinking of you during this time.

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