Mary Joan Van Nostrand

December 23, 1928 - January 18, 2011
Mary Joan Van Nostrand

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Mary Van Nostrand, 82, of Givens Estates died Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

She was born in Minneapolis, MN and lived in Huntington, Long Island, NY for twenty-five years. She was a 1950 graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

She moved to Henderson County in 1993 and to the Givens Estates in 2006. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and choir in Hendersonville.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Richard Burns, who died in 1982, and Hugh Van Nostrand, who died in 1999; and by two sons, James T. Burns and Stephen G. Burns.

She is survived by her sons, Richard D. Burns and partner, Robert Berg, of New York, NY, and Peter M. Burns and wife, Allyson, of Fairfield, CT; two stepdaughters, Barbara Van Nostrand of Atlanta, GA, and Jean Hughes and husband, Wayne, of Richardson, TX; daughter-in-law, Carrie Teegardin of Atlanta, GA; three sisters, Bonnie McNamara of Alpine, TX, Suzanne Jones of Brewster, MA, and Kathleen Montagne of Hendersonville; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Blythe Street in Hendersonville. The Reverend Joe Gernoske will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Holyoke College, Attn. Development Office, 50 College Street, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075, or to the Givens Estates Resident Assistance Ministry, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803.


Saturday, January 22, 2011
12:00 AM

Trinity Presbyterian Church - Directions
900 Blythe Street
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • January 21, 2011
    Rhonda Curry says:
    Just wanted to let you know that I am sorry for your loss. Mary was a special lady and I enjoyed working with her over the years. God bless you all.

  • January 21, 2011
    Lisa and Som Kovvuri says:
    Mary's gifts to the world will always be with us and chrished.

  • January 22, 2011
    sue cummings says:
    Mary has left beautiful memories with everyone who met her. Always upbeat and truly concerned for others. She will be greatly missed by so many but we know she is now at peace. I am so sorry I could not be with you to say goodbye to my dear friend of 64 years. Sincere sympathy. Sue Conley Cummings

  • January 24, 2011
    Fred Davie says:
    With deepest sympathy and condolences for Richard and family, Fred Davie Arcus Foundation