Francis Burkum

June 6, 1929June 26, 2011

Mr. Francis J. Burkum, age 82 of Potsdam, NY passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 26, 2011 in the Emergency Room at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Arrangements are with the Garner Funeral Service. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church with Rev. Msgr. Robert Aucoin celebrant. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 2-4 and 7-9. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory can be made to the St. Judes Research Hospital or to the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad. Francis is survived by his wife, Pauline Burkum; children Larry (Bonnie) Burkum, Thomas (Linda) Burkum, Patricia Burkum, Gerald (Karen) Burkum all of Potsdam, Nancy Jandreau of Ballston Spa, Martha Burkum of Canton, Timothy (Kelley) Burkum of Potsdam, Sally (Joe) LaBarr of Brasher Falls, Teresa (David) Fenton of Canton, Cindy (William) Converse of Hopkinton and Lisa (Thomas) Foster of Parishville; 23 grandchildren;10 great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters George (Thelma) Burkum, Ellen Russell of Potsdam, Rose Brown of Bombay, Doris (Carl) Thompson of Parishville, Bernice (Francis) Wolfe of Norfolk, Shirley (Bill) Irwin of Plattsburg, Joan (Stanley) Jock of Bombay and Jean (George) Thompson of Parishville. He is predeceased by a daughter Susann Burkum who died in 1989, and a sister Mae Reynolds. Mr. Francis J. Burkum was born on June 6, 1929 in Potsdam to the late Edward and Irene Laiton Burkum. He attended Potsdam schools. He went to work for Alcoa in 1947. In 1949 he served in the United States Army until receiving his honorable discharge in 1952. He then returned to Alcoa and remained there until his retirement in 1991. He worked in the wire, rod and bar division at the plant. On June 21, 1952 at St. Andrew’s Church in Norwood, NY he was married to Pauline Ayotte. Francis enjoyed spending time with his family and farming. He also enjoyed telling stories about the past and riding his ATV. Condolences online can be sent at


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 28, 2011
  • Funeral Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Paul&Roberta Evans

June 30, 2011

To All The Burkum Family
We were saddened to hear of your loss
Please know how very sorry we are

June 29, 2011

Dear Martha & family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am praying for all of you as I know how much you will miss him.

Nancy Gordon
( Troy,Missouri )

Derek Greene

June 29, 2011

Greg and family--So sorry to hear about the loss of your father(grandfather). Take care, we`re thinking of you.

Dawn Foster

June 28, 2011

Tim and Family - I am sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Greene

June 28, 2011

Dear Tom and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of your Father's passing. Thinking of you, Linda and the boys.
With Sympathy,
Linda Greene

Glynn & Barb Royce

June 27, 2011

Martha & family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our condolences. Remember the good times you shared with your father and he will always be with you in your heart.

Laura and Dave Knussman

June 27, 2011

Nancy and Amy, So sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you and Francis in our thoughts.

John Wolfe

June 27, 2011

To George, Bunny, and the entire Burkum Family,
Our families are intertwined, and our hearts are close.
Please know that you are in our thoughts at this very difficult time. May you always remember Francis at his very best.

John Jr., John III, Spencer, and Dorothy Wolfe

Steve & Kim Hayes

June 27, 2011

Burkum Family... We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.