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June 25, 1926 – Sept. 3, 2014

MarieLouise Burns, who was long active in her family’s Niagara Falls restaurant, died Wednesday at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport. She was 88.

Born MarieLouise Diotallevi in Rome, Italy, she was affectionately known as Marisa. She was educated in Italy and married Calvin M. Burns in Rome on July 5, 1947. The couple came to the United States in 1948, settling in Niagara Falls.

Known for her cooking, she was an integral part of the family’s business, LaPalermo Restaurant and Pizzeria, 1124 Main St., Niagara Falls, from 1980 until 2001. She was especially known for her Mom’s pizza and suppli, an Italian street food of fried rice balls with a surprise in the center.

Mrs. Burns was a gifted artist and accomplished poet. Her artwork was on display in shows at Sisti Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penny Art Center.

Her poetry appeared in various publications, including the Smithsonian Magazine.

Her husband of 47 years died in December 1994.

She is survived by three sons, Ronald L., Kevin M. and Geoffrey F.; two brothers, Goffredo and Franco Diotallevi; seven grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday at Divine Mercy Church, 2437 Niagara St., Niagara Falls.