PA State Representative Frank Burns and his family would like to sadly announce the passing of their mother Agnes Burns. Our mother Aggie is best known to the public as the owner of the Rosebud Inn. Our mother and the family business have made it through some difficult times. During the flood in 1977, our parents emptied the freezers to give food to first responders.
In the early 1980’s, when Bethlehem Steel closed its doors—leaving Johnstown with over 22% unemployment— our parents worked harder to survive. The Rosebud made it through several recessions, including the great Recession of 2008.
Then one of the most difficult times for our family and the Rosebud was when out dad (Bill) passed away in 2010, but our mother refused to give up.
Then against all odds during the pandemic, our mother did what she has always done—buckled down and worked harder overcoming obstacles.
This year would have been our mother’s 50th year in business. She did this all while raising four children.
But to us she was just mom. She was the emotional rock always there when we needed her. She was there for every sore throat, broken bone, heartbreak, and hardship— providing wisdom and comfort that only a mother could. She was there for every triumph cheering us on, while beaming with pride at our accomplishments no matter how big or how small. She instilled in us the value of hard work and the importance of faith.
Growing up our mom had a way of turning our humble home in to something magical during the holidays, she would stay up till the wee hours of the morning and get up early, just so everything was perfect for us kids. Looking back, we didn’t have much, but we had a mother that always put us first and we wouldn’t trade that for all the money in the world.
We love you mom, and we will always miss you. For all the times you told us to “call when you get there” now it’s your turn. Love Sonny, Lisa, Pete and Frank.
Aggie was born on October 18, 1946 to her parents Frank J. and Agnes Clara (Boyle) Engbert.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband Bill Burns. She is also preceded in death by her brothers Francis (Judy), Henry (Emma), John, Tommy, Jimmy, and Paul; as well as, her sisters Bertha Hoffecker (Theodore), Catherine Kochjar (Martin), Rebecca Stiffler (James), Susan Engbert, father in law William J. Burns and mother in law Anna (Bongiovanni) Burns.
She is survived by her children, Lisa married to Jeff Gray (Johnstown), William “Sonny” Burns married to Melissa Moschat (Pittsburgh), Peter S. Burns (Johnstown), and Rep. Frank Burns (Johnstown). Grandchildren Kara (Stiles) Kitchick (Johnstown), Reed (Burns) married to Alex Halbleib (Pittsburgh), Raygan Burns, Heidi (Moschat) Mayers married to Matthew (North Carolina), Levi Burns (Johnstown), and William Burns (Johnstown). Great grandchildren Karter Kitchik, Gavin and Kieran Helbleib, Greyson McKnight, and Brantley Burns.
She is also survived by sisters Barbara Marhefka (John) and Ella Killian (James), sister-in-law Cleo Engbert, aunt Del Bongiovanni, and brother in laws Peter J. Burns (Johnstown) and Edward married to Victoria (Droz) Burns (Mechanicsburg), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will be received on Friday March 10, 2023 from 3-8pm at Moskal-Reid Funeral Home 79 J St. Johnstown, PA 15906 and a funeral service on Saturday March 11, 2023 11am at St. Clare of Assisi, 124 Maple Avenue Johnstown, PA 15901 Fr. George Gulash officiating.
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