Jean Burns Rooney, age 76, passed away peacefully in the evening of December 12, 2020 with her children by her side. She was born at Park East Hospital (now condos) on East 83rd Street on March 26, 1944 to Edith and James Burns.
While technically born in Manhattan, Jean grew up in the Parkchester section of the Bronx and was proud to be raised there. She graduated from St. Helena Grammar School in 1958 and St. Helena High School in 1962. She spent most of her career working as a Secretary for Fordham Prep, Fordham University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, from which she retired in 2014. Jean had an unmatched zest for life and left a lasting impression on all those lucky enough to meet and spend time with her. She was devoted to her family and friends, all of whom she loved very much. In retirement, Jean realized that life was too short not to try and see as much of the world as possible. Jean, who wasn’t known to be a world traveler, ventured off with her friends to Austria, Italy, China, Spain, Czech Republic and Hungary, with her favorite being Sicily, Italy. She loved all of these trips and the friends with whom she traveled. Jean was a force to be reckoned with, never missed a party and always brought smiles to all of those who loved her so deeply.
Jean is survived by her children Kevin (Sandy Colarossi) and Kristine (Kevin Granger), her four grandchildren John, Isabella, Emilia, and Jack who were the absolute lights of her life and who she loved more than words could ever express; her sister Barbara and brother Robert (Bizerka Masic). Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Edith and James, and her brother James.
A visitation service will be held at Fred H McGrath & Son Funeral Home, 20 Cedar Street, Bronxville, New York, between the hours of 2-4 and 6-8 pm on Friday, December 18th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helena’s Church, 1315 Olmstead Avenue, Bronx, New York on Saturday December 19th at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Smile Chain (https://my.smiletrain.org), St Jude’s Children’s Hospital (https://www.stjude.org) or Calvary Hospital (https://www.calvaryhospital.org) in memory of Jean.