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Irma Burns, business teacher in Orchard Park

Aug. 19, 1946 - May 5, 2014

Irma Burns, who taught business for 27 years in the Orchard Park School District, died May 5 in London while traveling abroad. She was 67.

Born Irma Dzierzanowska in Dobrzeszow, Poland, she came to this country as a child.

She was a graduate of Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, then earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree from the University of Kentucky.

Mrs. Burns worked for the Orchard Park School District, teaching high school business, from 1975 until 2002.

In 1990, at her invitation, a scholar from the Soviet Union came to Orchard Park to introduce students to that country and help them understand the changes taking place there.

A resident of Buffalo, Mrs. Burns had served as president of Pomost International, which offers an intensive English conversation course and United States culture program to teenagers and adults in Rzeszow, Poland.

Mrs. Burns was a member of the Parkside Community Association and Niagara Frontier Bike Club.

Her interests included gardening, and she was a member of the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society.

Mrs. Burns, who loved to travel, was returning from a semester at sea, sponsored by the University of Virginia, when she died.

She had been the loving companion of Michael J. Sullivan, who died in 2013.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.

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