Eleanor Braun Burns Stained Glass Window
Eleanor Braun Burns was 89 years old when she died on January 24, 2004. She was a lifelong member of St. Andrew’s and resident of Park Point. She graduated from Denfeld High School and attended UMD for two years.
Eleanor was a woman of many interests and talents. Among them were dancing, writing and combing the beach for rocks to paint. The paintings of local landmarks were transformed into magnets and sold at Grandma’s Market in Canal Park.
Appropriately inscribed on her memorial window are words from Psalm 149:3: ”Let them praise God with dancing.” She began her 50 years of dance training and performance with the Arthur Murray dance studio. In the sixties she wrote, illustrated and published a guide to ballroom dancing. She taught dance in the Physical Education program at UMD and taught ballroom dancing in the Community Education program for many years. In 1992 she was voted teacher of the year.
Eleanor wrote for three magazines—the Austin, Texas magazine, Relics, the Senior Reporter and Port Cities Magazine [now Lake Superior Magazine]. She wrote and published “A Widow’s Dilemma,” dedicating it to her second husband, Dr. Earl J. Burns following his unexpected death. A book titled “House on A Sand Heap” contains a collection of her poetry. Her final publication was a three hundred fifty page autobiography titled “Dance, Dance, Dance, Cars and Chance”.
Eleanor’s professional and community affiliations were numerous. Among them were a 20-year position as treasurer of two poetry groups, the Arrowhead Poetry Society of Duluth and the League of Minnesota Poets. She also served as president of the Duluth Manuscript Club. She enjoyed bowling and golf, was a member of the Superior Woman’s Club, Lady Elks of Superior, the Edward Braun American Legion auxiliary, and The Sigma Nu Sorority.
Eleanor’s influence on her son Richard, her three grand daughters and many other members of her family was profound. Her first husband Edward died in a boating accident when Richard was only five years old. Ten years later she married Dr. Earl J. Burns. Richard remembers her as a strong woman and dedicated mother whose positive influence helped shape his own life.
Submitted by Arlene Renken