Esther R. Burns

Esther R. Burns

Esther R. Burns, 92, of Bristow, VA, formerly of Cranesville, PA, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2024.  She was born July 4, 1931 in Clarion, PA, daughter of the late Charles and Goldie Eshbaugh.  She worked as a custodian for the Northwestern School District and was known as the candy lady, always leaving candy for everyone at the school.  She was a member of the Cranesville Community Methodist Church.  She enjoyed canning, cooking, gardening and baking, especially her homemade pies and bread.  Esther was very family orientated, she was very active in her children’s studies and education, and always did everything she possibly could do for her family.  She was a simple person, but one of the kindest, most self-sufficient people you would every meet.  She was the best Mom and Grammy ever!  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Clayton Burns, and a son, Charles Burns.  She is survived by a son, Eugene Burns and his wife, Gail, of Warren, PA, two daughters, Patricia Hetrick and her husband, Jerry, of Cambridge Springs, Kathleen Bergquist and her husband, Steve, of Bristow, VA, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Calling hours will be held at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 1pm until the time of a funeral service there at 3pm with Pastor Terri Campbell officiating.  Burial will be private in East Mahoning Cemetery, Marion Center, PA.  Memorials may be made in honor of Esther to the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Department, 9920 Meadville Street, Cranesville, PA  16410 or to the Cranesville Community Methodist Church, 10017 Meadville Street, Cranesville, PA  16410.  To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit 


Left by  “Roger Sargent” on 02/18/2024

I just learned of this. So sad. She was sweeter than sugar and had a heart of gold. Rest in Peace Esther

Left by  “Tom and Debbie Linkoski ” on 01/09/2024

Eugene and Gayle, Patty, Kathy and Families,
Since we were out of town I want to send you our sympathy.
I have many memories of our neighborhood - a time when kids played outdoors and parents actually took time to walk over and visit.
It’s nice you had your mom for so long! We wish you love and peace as you move forward without her.
Blessings to all,
Tom and Debbie Link.

Left by  “Kelly and Victor Fichman” on 01/08/2024

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know we are thinking of all of you and holding you up.

Left by  “Tammy and Larry” on 01/06/2024

So sorry for your loss! We appreciated her obituary and reading about what a sweet lady she was! Prayers going up for the family.

Left by  “Carl Bergquist and Ann Tartaglia” on 01/06/2024

Dear Kathleen, Steve and Family, Saying goodby to your mother is so very hard and she was a special grandmother,too. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you.

Left by  “Cheryl Kinney” on 01/06/2024

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great lady and she will surely be missed.
Cheryl and Lisa

Left by  “Mike and Liz Bergquist ” on 01/06/2024

Prayers for your family during this difficult time. She was such a kind and sweet woman with a firecracker (July 4 baby) spirit ??

Left by  “Melissa Barrett” on 01/05/2024

Kathleen, Steve and family - So sorry for your loss. Esther sounds like such a beautiful spirit! Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.

Left by  “Ken Avery ” on 01/05/2024

So sorry to hear of Grammy passing! She will be sorely missed for sure!

Left by  “Tim Val Crane” on 01/05/2024

So sorry for your loss great growing up with you guys Tim.

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