In Memory of




Obituary for Henrietta Burns (Nicolson)

Henrietta (Ret) Hawkins Kent Burns, nee Nicolson, aged 88, beloved wife of the late Patrick (Packy) Burns: loving mother to her five children;  Patrick (Heather) Burns, Alexis (Rocky) Charleton, Geralyn (Steve) Siptrott, Janine Burns and Ross (Laura) Burns; Beloved daughter of the late Alexander and the late Sarah Nicolson.

Beloved Grandmother to Erin, Kelly and Tara Burns; Andrew, Ian, Nicole and Skye Charleton; Steven and Michael Siptrott; Sarah and Danny Scharlau; Kaitlyn, Patrick and Ian Burns; Great Grandmother to sixteen loving children which includes

Henry Siptrott her name sake.

Dear Sister to the late Ewen ( Betty) Nicolson and the late Sadie (the late Ross) Morris (the late Stan Hansen) Loving aunt to many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews;

Ret was born is Govan Scotland on December 11, 1934.  After arriving by boat to Ellis Island, Ret moved to Toronto, Canada to be with her sister Sadie at 17.  Met her Husband Packy shortly thereafter and spent 50 years together.  After Patrick and Alexis were born they moved the family from Canada to the “States” ended up settling in Glenview.

Ret’s greatest accomplishment in life was raising her family,  She cared for & loved nothing more.  Ret loved having family and extended families over for the Holidays.  No child dare miss a holiday at Mom’s.  Ret took great pride in her children and grandchildren, she always put them first before herself.

Ret will be remembered for her enormous capacity for love, her devotion to her family, her loving group of friends, her quick wit and her optimistic outlook she carried throughout her life.    She will be dearly missed by her family, extended families and friends. Visitation Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10:00 A.M. till time of Funeral Service 12 Noon at Cumberland Chapels (FRIEL FUNERAL DIRECTORS) 8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge. The entombment will take place at the All Saints Cemetery, Immaculate Heart of Mary Mausoleum, Des Plaines. Please OMIT FLOWERS.