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Janet Burns Allen

Janet Burns Allen

Died: Thursday, September 16, 2004
Age: 85
Janet Burns Allen

St. Clair Shores resident Janet Burns Allen, 85, died on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004.

Born in Detroit in 1918 to John McNeil and Hattie Grace Burns, she was raised on Colonial Road in Grosse Pointe Shores, where her family lived since 1918. She graduated from Liggett School. She attended Erskine College in Boston, Mass., and earned her bachelorís degree from the University of Michigan in 1943, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

Mrs. Allen was proud of the time she spent working at Wright Kay Jewelry during World War II.

She was a member of the Libri Club of Detroit, organized in 1908, of which her mother was a founding member. She was also a member of the Ibex Literary Club of Grosse Pointe.

Mrs. Allen will be remembered as a devoted, loving and passionate individual who was always supportive of family, friends and numerous charities.

She is survived by her daughter, Judith Allen; her sons, James Henry (Donna Campbell) and John Burns (Judith Drumm); her son-in-law, Walter Kanak; her grandchildren, John, Brian and James Kanak, Nicholas and Laura Allen and Elizabeth Michaelson; and her great-grandchildren, Grant and Julia Kanak.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Henry Allen; her daughter, Diane Elizabeth Kanak; her sister, Betty Burns Old; and her brother, John McNeil Burns.

A private funeral service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 26. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Heart Association or the Michigan Humane Society.
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