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Stephen Joseph Burns

Posted By Nathaniel Holman On February 21, 2019 @ 3:44 pm In Obituaries | 6 Comments

Stephen Joseph “Steve” Burns, age 62, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, attended by his Father and three brothers at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN. Born May 16, 1956 in Columbia, TN, he lived most of his life in Nashville.

Steve will be remembered for years of kind service to his family, church, friends, and community. Steve attended Catholic schools through college, earning a degree in Computer Science and Accounting with Summa Cum Laude honors. However, it was his kind heart and sweet nature that led him to his life’s work-helping society’s ignored at Nashville’s Mental Health Co-operative, a career spanning twenty five years. Beyond his job he volunteered at Christ the King Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scouts of America and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. His love of helping shone brightest among his family and friends. Steve joined his uncle Jim in driving his grandfather around the country to visit his far-flung family in his grandfather’s waning years. Steve rarely drove anywhere alone, preferring to share his time with others needing a ride, or just company, at meals or Mass.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Jane Rhodes Burns and nephew, Matthew Joseph Burns.

He is survived by his father, Martin J. Burns; three brothers, Martin Rhodes (Georgeana) Burns, Tim Burns and Frank Burns; two sisters, Mary Julia “MJ” (Joel) Vosburg of Crested Butte, CO, and Jane (Todd) Wisialowski of Old Saybrook, CT; six nephews and nieces, Michael Burns, Ashley Burns, Chris Burns, Zach Vosburg, Emma Vosburg, Kyle Wisialowski, and Peter Wisialowski; and two great nephews, Lockelyn Burns-Brocker and Bryceson Burns.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Dexter Brewer, at Christ the King Catholic Church on Belmont Boulevard in Nashville at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23rd. Friends are invited to join the family afterward at the Parish center for food and celebration.

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Condolence from Margaret Lisle on February 22nd, 2019 11:06 am

Martin, I am so sorry to hear about Stephen’s passing. I will not be able to attend the funeral tomorrow, but I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Condolence from Tina Van Grinsven Hill on February 22nd, 2019 8:11 pm

The Van Grinsven family will always remember Steve fondly. He was a kind and generous person who was a faithful friend to us. We are honored and blessed to have known Steve. He was truly a blessing in our lives. Our condolences.

Condolence from Vince campbell on February 23rd, 2019 9:28 am

I wanted you all to know that I’m so sorry about Steve. I worked with Steve for 7 years and called him a friend and co-worker. We shared an office during these times and it was a pleasure to get to know Steve. He will be greatly missed. I’m sorry I’m not going to make it to his celebration of life. I live inMurfreesboro and our roads that we live on his partially flooded. He and you all will be in my prayers and hearts.

Condolence from Will Lancaster on February 23rd, 2019 9:23 pm

At Christ the King Church today, I was sorry to learn today of the passing of Steve. Best wishes to his family!

Condolence from Jean Doster on February 24th, 2019 7:36 am

To the Burns family: I am sad to hear of Steve’s passing and send my sympathy. Steve very generously took my brother Fred to lunch regularly for many years. After Fred was severely injured in a car accident, he did not have many friends. I always appreciated Steve’s kindness in taking Fred to lunch. We will miss him.

Condolence from Margaret Adam on March 29th, 2019 8:41 am

I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. He was a kind and gentle soul. My sincere condolences to all of you.

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