Obituary: Louise Toppe Burns |

– December 5, 2022
Born in Rockford, Illinois, daughter of Iven and Evelyn Toppe, Louise Burns handed away after a short sickness on December 5, 2022, in Berkeley, California. She attended Augsburg College in St. Paul, Minnesota, the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and graduated with an honors diploma in occupational remedy in 1963 from the University of Illinois Medical School in Chicago.
In 1964, she married Thomas Burns, shifting to New York City, the place they lived for 2 years. She then lived eight years in Germany, the place their two sons have been born. In 1974, the household moved to Berkeley, and in 1985 purchased a cabin in Soda Springs, the place, in recent times, they spent about half of every yr.
California supplied the chance to pursue her lifelong curiosity in sports activities and health. Louise participated in lots of endurance occasions, together with long-distance biking, cross-country snowboarding, and street races. She ran 23 marathons, together with 4 Boston Marathons, the primary time in one of many early years that girls have been formally invited. She completed third within the 1976 Pikes Peak Marathon.
On Donner Summit, she participated in lots of occasions, together with 5 circuits of Lake Tahoe on her bicycle, dozens of PCT hikes from Donner Summit to Squaw Valley, 4 Tours of the California Alps (aka the Death Ride). She skied the entire main races within the space, together with the Great Race, the Gold Rush, Echo to Kirkwood, and the Mammoth Marathon. She summited most of the Northern California peaks together with Lassen, Lola, Rose, Tallac, Matterhorn Peak, and Half Dome.
Her curiosity in ladies’s sports activities led her to affix a buddy in growing Women on the Run, a San Francisco based mostly ladies’s health and attire firm. As vice-president, Louise was in command of growing health tips and organizing a sequence of all-women’s street races in cities throughout the nation.
After Women on the Run, Inc. was offered to a big attire producer, Louise joined Hero Arts, Inc., a design graphics agency based mostly in Emeryville. As government vice-president, she was instrumental in constructing the corporate into the nation’s main producer of hand-made rubber stamps and stamping equipment. Under her management as editor, Hero Arts catalogues gained 3 Gold and 4 Silver Awards in annual Catalogue Age Awards Competitions.
Mourning her loss are her loving husband Tom, sons Erik (Maria João) of Lisbon, Portugal and Michael (Cori) of San Francisco, grandsons Tomás, Francisco, and Milo, granddaughters Carolina and Maxine, and different relations. Services shall be non-public. Her ashes shall be distributed on Donner Summit and her favourite chook, the Mountain Chickadee, will sing.
Memorial contributions might be made to the Truckee Donner Land Trust, PO Box 8816, Truckee, California 96162

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