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Rita Pauline (Basko) Burns

June 30, 1932 ~ January 19, 2022 (age 89)

Obituary

Rita Pauline (Basko) Burns, 89, of Leechburg, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 in her residence.

A daughter of the late Vincent Basko and Mary Pauline (Demyan) Basko, she was born June 30, 1932.

Rita had been employed as a production line worker by the former Joseph S. Finch Co. (Schenley Distillery) before retirement. She was also employed at the United Dairy Farm store in Leechburg and worked as a cashier. Rita was a member of the Hebron Evangelical Lutheran Church in Leechburg.  Rita was affectionately known by the name given to her by her grandsons Jacob and Brandon, as “Magga May” to all who loved her.  She was a strong-willed and spirited lady who made her family laugh every day.  She enjoyed playing bingo every Monday night at the Leechburg Fire Hall.  Rita liked watching sports on TV, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.  Among professional athletes, she loved James Harden, but was not fond of Tom Brady.

The hightlights of Rita’s life were her grandchildren, Kaylee, Brandon and Jacob, as well as her nephews Mark and Anthony Varrato and niece Lynette Schoop.  She spoke with them every day and always looked forward to her suprises in the mail.  She also enjoyed visits from her favorite visiting nurse Kristin Ventura, and special friends Heather, Missy and Roni Sue.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ann Fello (David) of Hyde Park; her son, Vincent Burns (Anissa) of Harrisubrg; five grandchildren, Kaylee Fello, Brandon Fello, Jacob Fello, Tyler Burns, Emily Burns; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer B. Burns in 1985; a sister, Frances Varrato; and a nephew, Ricky Varrato.

Friends will be welcomed by her family on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 from 1 p.m. until the time of funeral ceremonies at 5 p.m. in the Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, 170 Main Street, Leechburg (724-842-1051) with Rev. Ryan Pusch officiating.  Interment will be private.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
January 23, 2022

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, Inc.
170 Main Street
Leechburg, PA 15656

Funeral ceremonies
Sunday
January 23, 2022

5:00 PM
Clawson Funeral & Cremation Center, Inc.
170 Main Street
Leechburg, PA 15656

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