In Loving Memory of Ursula K. Burns

November 03, 1940
Ulm, Germany
September 04, 2018
Fairfield, CT
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824

Service

St. Luke's Church

Funeral Mass

49 Turkey Hill Rd. N.,
Westport CT 06880

Friday, September 14, 2018 11:00AM

Cemetery

Family Gathering

Charity

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

www.fidelco.org



Ursula Karin Burns

Ursula Burns passed away on September 4, 2018, as a result of a fall in her Fairfield home.

Ursula was born in Ulm, Germany, on November 3, 1940. An only child, she was very close with her parents, Hubert and Emma Muss. Together, they navigated the immense challenges that ravaged Germany during World War II. She spent her teen years in post-war Germany listening to Louis Armstrong and excelling academically; she graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class.

She joined Pan Am as a stewardess in the early 1960s, moving first to Berlin and then to New York, where she met her future husband, Robert Burns, a United Airlines pilot. They married in 1965 at the height of the golden age of air travel and traveled around the world. They lived in Manhattan until they moved to Westport, Connecticut, in 1968. They soon built a home in Fairfield where they would raise their children, Michele and Thomas, and live out their lives.

Ursula pursued her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology when her children entered school. She worked as a school psychologist and guidance counselor in the Fairfield, Bethel, and other local school systems for more than 30 years. She loved working with children.

Ursula led an active life. She enjoyed daily walks and playing tennis, swimming, and golfing at the Patterson Club. She loved spending time with her many friends, especially at Sasco Beach. She was an avid reader and theater-goer, and she liked to travel, frequently visiting her children’s families on Cape Cod and in Seattle and going on numerous European trips.

She is survived by her children, Michele Burns and Thomas Burns; their spouses, Lori Mudge and Whitney Burns; her five grandchildren, Jack, Julian, Ellie, Gabriel, and Chloe, whom she loved dearly; and her golden doodle, Zoe, who provided great comfort in recent years. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, whom she mourned deeply since his passing in 2013. Her family and friends find solace in knowing that she is peacefully reunited with him.

Services will be held at Saint Luke Church in Westport at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 14.

Ursula’s family is grateful for the love and support of her many Fairfield friends, especially in the years following Bob’s death. Their companionship was immensely meaningful to her.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation at www.fidelco.org.

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16 Guestbook Entries for Ursula Karin Burns

  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of Ursula. I will always remember her to be a dedicated professional and supportive colleague. May you rest in peace, Ursula.

  2. Ursula was a dear, supportive friend and professional colleague. I am grateful for Ursula’s help and encouragement when I was new to the Fairfield School system. Ursula had a deep love and concern for the children she met and helped them to become better individuals. I will miss seeing her in our Book Club!

  3. i have very nice memories of Ursula during the time we were working
    in Tomlinson M S..
    VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF THIS NEWS
    MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY..AND TO MICHELE
    WHOM I REMEMBER WELL AS A STUDENT IN MY CLASS AT RLHS
    URSULA WAS ALWAYS VERY ENERGETIC AND INTERESTING TO TALK TO..,,I ESPECIALLY REMEMBER OUR CONVERSATIONS IN GERMAN
    WHICH GAVE TO ME “MUCH NEEDED PRACTICE”……..

    WITH SINCERE SYMPATHY
    AL KRAMER

  4. dear uschi, sad to hear the sad news of your no more,you and bob were dear friends,and our panam years are treasured forever,solong old friend,god bless…

  5. Ursula was a wonderful coworker and dearest of friends. I will miss our walks especially with Zoe, phone conversations and lunches. Losing Bob was a devasting blow to her, I know that she has now found peace with her husband. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  6. My sympathies to Ursula’s family. She was a frequent and and cheery patron of the Fairfield Public Library. She always had a hello and a smile. We will miss her.
    -Anne Farkas, Library staff member

  7. So sorry to hear about Ursula. My husband and I taught with her in Fairfield. I flew with her on Pan Am. She was a very fine lady.

  8. I met Ursula on a trip to Sicily– she was full of curiosity and energy. I’m sorry to hear of her passing.

  9. Ursula was a great mentor and colleague who was especially concerned about, and helpful with, many students with special needs and their families. My condolences to her family and friends.

  10. Our fond memories of dear Ursula revolve around long talks and walks together when we were with our mutual Cape Cod Family. Ursula was a
    classy ,intelligent, and extremely interesting conversationalist. She adored her family and opportunities to be with them in Seattle and on the Cape.
    We’ll miss her and wish her God’s blessings and eternal peace.
    Our most sincere sympathies to her awesome family!

  11. Michele, Lori and family,
    I am so sad to learn of Uschi’s passing. Thinking of you, and of her. From the junior high days, remembering her knocking on your bedroom door (plastered with Annie Lenox posters); the years I worked at Patterson when she would come to the pool with Opa who would swim up and down, up and down; many years later when I could spy the ULM sticker on her car window in the beach parking lot and know that if our paths crossed on that beach walk I would leave with some quality book recommendations. Rest in Peace. xo.

  12. I remember Ursula with fondness and respect… I was sadly shocked to learn of her passing… truly a fine and gracious lady, who loved working with children esp those with special needs .

  13. I knew Ursula when she did her internship at Bedford Middle School. We would meet for lunch at least once a year for many years. She was a wonderful woman and a great professional.