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Garret M. Burns

Garret M. Burns, age 85, of Watertown, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2007 at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

He was born Oct. 26, 1921 to Michael and Florence (Burke) Burns in Watertown. Garret was baptized and confirmed at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown.

He was united in marriage to Rosella B. Johnson Nov. 6, 1945 at Ascension Catholic Church in Minneapolis.

Garret was employed at Thermo King for many years.

An avid sports fan, Garret loved to watch the Twins, Vikings, Gophers, and the local Watertown baseball team.

He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa.

Garret was preceded in death by his wife, Rosella; daughters Rita and Barbara Burns; son Tom Burns; parents Michael and Florence Burns; sisters Bernice and Delores Bickman; brother-in-law Bob Bickman; father-in-law and mother-in-law Walter and Tillie Johnson; and sister-in-law Eleanor Johnson.

He is survived by his children and spouses, Jane and Larry Bailey of Nevada, Joanne Burns of Florida, Gerald and Debbie Burns of Watertown, David Burns of California, Susan and Greg Mueller of Glencoe, and Phyllis and Jeff Peterson of Mound; daughter-in-law Jane Burns of Watertown; grandchildren Adam Burns, Kristina and Brock Stoldt, Kelly and Bryan Mulleady, Mike Burns, Jason Burns, Aaron Burns, Jenny Lent, Katie Mueller, Tyler Peterson, and Rebecca Peterson; and great-grandchildren Ashley, Tommy and Sylvia.

Garret is further survived by brothers-in-law Joe Bickman of Elk River, and Clinton Johnson of Minneapolis; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with the Rev. Frank Wampach as celebrant. Interment was at Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., and continued Thursday for one hour prior to the Mass, all at the church.

Garret’s grandchildren were his casket bearers.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

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