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Virginia Chapin Burns
January 7, 2024
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Virginia Chapin Burns, a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her loved ones on January 7, 2024, at the age of 100. Born on December 7, 1923, in Boston, she led a life filled with remarkable experiences and cherished moments.
Virginia proudly served her country as a Navy veteran during World War II. She was not only a dedicated service woman but also a loving wife. She is survived by her son, Richard Chapin, and Robert Chapin, and his wife, Joan Chapin. Virginia was predeceased by her late husband, Andrew Chapin, in 1976, and her second husband, Jim Burns, in 2009. Additionally, Virginia is also survived by the children of Jim Burns - Kathy, Jean, and James Jr. Their sibling, Paul, predeceased Virginia in 2020.
One of the greatest joys in Virginia's life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She leaves behind four loving granddaughters, Michele, Katelyn, Lindsay, and Stephannie, who will forever treasure the moments they shared with her. Additionally, Virginia is survived by three great-grandchildren, whose lives were brightened by her presence.
Virginia was also a survivor of three siblings, Charles White, Muriel Rice, and Frances Nancy Rogers, all of whom held a special place in her heart.
Virginia had a diverse and accomplished career, working for the railroad for 15 years and GTE for 25 years, where she made lasting contributions. She was a longtime resident of Needham, Massachusetts.
Virginia Chapin Burns will be remembered not only for her service to her country but also for her vibrant spirit and the love she shared with her family and friends. She leaves behind a legacy of resilience, kindness, and love.
Virginia Chapin Burns will forever remain in our hearts, and her memory will continue to inspire us. May she rest in peace.
A wake will be held on Tuesday January 16, 2024, from 4 PM to 7 PM at Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave. Needham MA. A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday January 17, 2024, at St Bartholomew Church in Needham, MA. This will be followed by a burial at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Watertown MA. All friends and family are invited to attend and pay their respects.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to your local food pantry, in Virginia's memory.