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Alex Burns; supervised closure of Bethlehem Mine 31

December 3, 2002

Alexander Anthony "Alex" Burns, 82, of Nanty Glo, who was foreman of the crew that closed Bethlehem Mine 31 20 years ago, died Dec. 1, 2002 at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, in Oakland, Md.

A retired welder and outside foreman for Bethlehem Mine 31 with 42 years of service he was vacationing with his family in Maryland when hospitalized.

Born June 2, 1920, in Nanty Glo, he was a son of the late Alexander and Caroline (Kuftic) Burns and was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen B. "Nellie" (Horn) Burns, and sisters Magdalen and Caroline Burns. Survivors included children, Carol, wife of Thomas Staubach, of Herndon, Va.; Martin, of Newport News, Va.; Alexis, Cincinnati; and Kevin, of Fort Wayne, Ind. Also survived by four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, John of New Jersey; and sisters, Mary Reesey, of Florida, and Helen Koontz of Nanty Glo.

Mr. Burns was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in, Nanty Glo and of Nanty Glo VFW Post 3489. Decorated for service in World War II, he was a U.S. Army staff sergeant with the 82nd Airborne 505th P.I.R., H Co. and a paratrooper with four combat jumps in Sicily, Salerno, and on D-Day in France and Holland.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Askew-Houser Funeral Home, Nanty Glo, where vigil prayer service will be held that evening. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Church, the Rev. David S. Peles celebratant. Committal will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, with military rites offer by local veterans.

The family has said that donations may be made in honor of Alex's late wife, Nellie, to ALS Association, Landmarks Building, Suite 550, 100 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219.

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