ORONO and BANGOR – Helen Mae Burns, 82, died June 15, 2005, at a Bangor healthcare fac-ility. She was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Allentown, Penn., the daughter of Frank Smith Saurman and Helen May Mick Saurman, long-time Philadelphia families. She was a graduate of William Allen High School, Allentown, Penn., Class of 1941. She graduated from Miserecordia Nursing School in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1944. She entered the U.S. Army Nurse Corp in 1944, and after basic training, was deployed on the U.S. Army Hospital ship Comfort in the South Pacific in 1944 and 1945. Helen was awarded two battle stars, signifying service in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. After the war, she returned to Allentown and continued her nursing profession. She married Warren Thomas Burns April 26, 1952. Son Thomas was born in 1953 and is married to Cynthia Loebenstein; son, John was born in 1955 and is married to Nancy White. A lifelong Registered Nurse, she always cared for others. Her 60-year nursing career spanned individual doctor’s offices to general care nursing in hospitals in Pennsylvania and Maine, including ten years at the Cutler Health Center at the University of Maine, Orono. She continued to work long after her “retirement”, serving as substitute nurse at Husson College, and volunteering at Eastern Maine Medical Center, earning her 3,000-hour volunteer pin in 2004. During her remarkably gallant 21 year battle with cancer, Helen’s strong mind and positive personality have been a source of help and inspiration to hundreds of women. She worked in Reach to Recovery, Healthy Heart Program, and Red Cross blood drives. An outgoing, friendly, and social woman, she enjoyed memberships in several bridge clubs, ushering Maine hockey games, and traveled in recent years to Ireland and Scotland, Italy, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, California, and the Caribbean. She and her husband have been very close partners-in-life for more than 53 years. She had excellent leadership skills, serving as head of several organizations, especially as President of the 1100 member Women’s Alliance of St. Catherine of Siena Cathedral in Allentown and Thursday Club at the University of Maine. She was remarkable for her ability to make and keep dear friends for life. She was a devoted “Nana” to her five grandchildren, Samantha (14), Madeline (12), Taylor (16), Nicholas (12) and Sylvia Chunai (2). Helen was predeceased by her parents; younger brother, Kenneth Saurman; and nieces, Mary Beth and Patricia Saurman; her brother, Frank Saurman survives her, his wife Cathy and their children, Michelle Bellso, Beth Thompson and Tom Saurman; her sister-in-law, Judy Kelly, Judy’s husband, Bill, and Judy and Kenneth’s children, Ann Simon and David Saurman, also survive her. The family wishes to extend its gratitude to Dr. Phillip Brooks and the staff at Cancer Care of Maine for their professional skill and loving care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Monday, June 20, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Bangor with the Very Rev. Richard McLaughlin, celebrant. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in St. John’s Fellowship Hall immediately following the service. Internment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Orono. If you would like to remember Helen in a special way contributions may be sent to Cancer Care of Maine, care of Eastern Maine Charities, P.O. Box 404, Bangor, ME 04402-0404.