Mary Burack died peacefully at home on June 1, 2019, surrounded by family and caregivers after suffering from years of increasing debilitation from Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in Baltimore, Md., on Sept. 22, 1932, to Amalie (nee Sonneborn) and Shakman Katz, she was the youngest of their three children. Mary was educated at The Park School (1937-50).
In 1954, she graduated from Wellesley College and married Dr. Walter Richard (Dick) Burack. Initially, they called the Boston area home and, with their five children, made frequent trips to the Mount Washington Valley.
When they moved to Jackson, N.H., in 1970, Mary became deeply involved in community activities. She served on the school board, where she helped retain the Jackson Grammar School by advocating for a kindergarten in unused space. She coordinated Jackson’s Red Cross swimming program and the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s Junior Ski Program.
She also served on the Jackson Planning Board and for decades wrote the weekly Town of Jackson news column for The Reporter.
She loved snowy winters and especially enjoyed alpine and cross-country skiing, hiking, canoeing, attending local musical, theatrical, cultural, and educational programs, as well as county and state fairs where her children showed their 4-H sheep and pigs. Mary and Dick were spunky and spontaneous travelers who explored Western Europe extensively, relying on Mary’s conversational French and navigational skills.
Mary is survived by Dick, her children and their spouses, Anna (Mike) Wilson of Colorado; Tom (Emilie) of New Hampshire; Jim (Katy) of Colorado; Richard (Michelle) of New York; and Ruth Burack-Lamberson (Paul) of Vermont.
Mary took special joy and interest in her 10 grandchildren: Colin and Sarah Wilson, Miles and Jillian Lamberson, and Larsen, Beatrice, Linden, Poppy (Laurel), Liam, and Finn Burack.
A memorial service is not yet scheduled. Interment was June 5 at the Dundee Cemetery in Jackson.
In Mary’s memory, in lieu of flowers, please support community organizations that encourage human connections and love of nature.