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Jeannette R. (Petta) Burrows

May 13, 1932 — November 3, 2023


Jeannette R. (Petta) Burrows, 91, of Solvay, passed away Friday at Upstate Community Hospital. Born in Syracuse, she was a lifetime resident of the Syracuse area, leaving behind a legacy of dedication, service, and love. 

Jeannette's life was one marked by both professional accomplishments and a deep commitment to her community. A graduate of North High School, Jeannette embarked on a successful career that spanned over two decades with Chappell's Department Store. Prior to that, she had served as vice president of the Empire Maintenance Company in Syracuse. Her strong work ethic and determination left an indelible mark on those she worked with and inspired many.

Jeannette’s contributions to the Syracuse community extended beyond her professional life. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church. She was especially passionate about her role as president of the Business and Professional Woman's Organization, where she championed the rights and opportunities of women in the workplace.

In her leisure time, Jeannette had a wide range of interests. She had a love for sports, enjoying games of golf and tennis. She also found joy in friendly card games and was known to be a fierce competitor. Her spiritual life was equally important to her, as she engaged in Bible study, deepening her connection with her faith. However, above all else, Jeannette's greatest source of happiness was her family. She cherished moments spent with her grandchildren, and her love and warmth created lasting memories that will be cherished for generations to come.

Jeannette was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth in 2004; son, Anthony in 2019; parents, Anthony and Mary Petta; brother, Nicholas Petta; and stepdaughters, Marcia Smyth and Kathy Schilling.

Surviving are her sons, Gary (Mandy Blake) of Solvay and Kenneth (Judy) of Syracuse; daughters, Toni (Michael) DeGaetano of Atlantic, NC, Joni (Robert) Salvagni of Solvay and Gina (April Wertheim) Burrows of Liverpool; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation to celebrate Jeannette’s life will be held on Monday, November 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus.

A funeral service honoring Jeannette’s memory will be held on Tuesday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Jeannette will be laid to rest in Lakeview Cemetery, Skaneateles.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jeannette’s memory may be made to the CNYSPCA, 5878 East Molloy Rd., Syracuse, NY 13211.

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Monday, November 6, 2023

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