Ruth E. (Berglund) Burr, 79, of Brookfield, devoted wife of almost 60 years to Donald Chase Burr, died July 24.

Mrs. Burr was born April 1, 1932, in Sandy Hook, daughter of the late Harry George and Effie (Orcutt) Berglund.

She graduated from Hawley High School in 1950 and attended Becker Junior College.

She started her professional life as a public servant for Brookfield as an assistant town clerk from 1963 to 1977.

Mrs. Burr then served as a highly respected town clerk from 1978 to 1998, when she retired.

Mrs. Burr and her husband, Don, raised their three children in Brookfield and have lived there for 60 years.

She cherished her family and spent as much time as possible with her adult children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Burr also enjoyed volunteering; as long-standing member of the First Congregational Church of Brookfield and past member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Brookfield Fire Department.

Her hobbies included water aerobics at the YMCA, gardening, knitting (especially for her grandchildren).

She enjoyed a lifetime of traveling with her husband. They camped, and traveled abroad, as well as around the country.

Along with her husband, Don, she is survived by a son, Donald C. Burr Jr., and his wife, Elizabeth, of Brookfield; two daughters, Debra B. Loya, and her husband, George Jr., of New Milford, and Kimberly Heisholt, of Barnet, Vermont; as well as 13 grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters; three sisters, Edith Tenney, of Sandy Hook, Helen Augelli, of North Carolina, and Janet Taylor, of Fredericksburg, Va.; and a brother, Harold Berglund, and his wife, Eunice, of Sandy Hook.

She was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Berglund.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Brookfield, Route 25 in Brookfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111, or M.D.A. (specify A.L.S. Research) 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, Ariz. 85718.