Today’s obituary: Kristie Burns pursued careers that combined her interest in photography and her love of children

ByDavid M. Conte

May 4, 2022

Kristie (Haller) Burns, 65, died Monday at Francis House.

Burns was born in California and raised in the San Fernando Valley.

She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, California, where she majored in early childhood education. She then went to work as a teaching assistant for the Los Angeles School District and also attended Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, where she majored in business education.

An interest in photography and a love of children led him to a position as studio director in an international company. The position involved travel and that brought her to central New York, where she settled.

Throughout his career, Burns has filled a variety of roles. She was a sales manager and representative for Hawley Studio Photography in Syracuse, a representative for American Greetings, a sales consultant for Jenny Craig, and a sales consultant and receptionist for Camping World. She also ran a children’s birthday party business from her home.

Burns was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, where she was also an active volunteer. She presided over church events, taught elementary Sunday school and vacation Bible school, presided over church carnivals, and served as a church manger.

She was also an assistant director of a Boy Scout camp and co-leader of a Boy Scout troop, according to her obituary.

Burns enjoyed camping on Lake Ontraio, attending weekend youth retreats, travelling, SU football and NASCAR. She raised dwarf rabbits as a hobby.

In this 1999 photo, SU fan Kristie Burns of Syracuse cuddles in the lucky orange Converse sneakers she bought on her way to the Carrier Dome football game against Penn State in the undefeated 1987 regular season.Photo by John Berry

Contributions can be made to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208, or Helping Hounds Animal Rescue, 7268 Caswell St., North Syracuse, NY 13212.

Funeral arrangements will be made by Goddard-Crandall-Shepardson Funeral Home Inc.. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date.