Helen A. Burns

Helen A. Burns, 75, of Rindge, died peacefully on Friday, June 7, 2019, after a long illness.

Helen was born in Ipswich, Mass., Sept. 19, 1943, daughter of the late John and Barbara (Claxton) Achramowicz. Helen was a 1961 graduate of Ipswich High School and earned an Associate/Secretarial Degree from Lynn Burdett College. She married Richard Burns on Aug. 31, 1963, and together in 1965 they made Rindge their home.

Helen enjoyed Crane’s Beach, boating (in her own boat), water skiing, swimming, SHOPPING, hiking and music. Helen especially enjoyed children — her own, her eight grandchildren, her six great-grandchildren, and OPK’s (other people’s kids). She was a magnet for children and proud to be everyone’s “Nanny.”

Helen is survived by her husband, Richard; her two daughters, Stephanie Burns-Leary (Patrick) and Paige Kottke (Stephen) both of Rindge; and a son, Richard and his wife, Robi, from Natick, Mass. She is also survived by her siblings, John Achramowicz of Clinton, Maine, Susan Achramowicz Messenger of Tucson, Ariz., and Judith A. Welsh of Tucson, Ariz. In addition, Helen leaves behind six grandchildren, Sasha Paquin (Gabe), Jared LeBlanc (Kaelyn), James Kottke (Aly), Tim Kottke (Lacey) and Mia Burns and Simona Burns of Natick, Mass. Helen also has six nieces and nephews; and was predeceased by two grandchildren, Stephen and Cassidy.

Abiding by Helen’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or formal services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Helen’s name to the Jaffrey Rehab and Nursing Employee Recognition Fund, 20 Plantation Drive, Jaffrey, NH 03452, or to the Monadnock Adult Care Center, 22 North St., Jaffrey, NH 03452.

To share memories, photographs and condolences with Helen’s family, please visit her online memorial at www.cournoyerfh.com.