Cora H. Bura, 98 of Watertown


The funeral for Cora H. Bura will be 2 pm, Tuesday April 8th  at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with Rev. Leon “Toby” Schilling officiating. 

Burial will be later in the spring in Brookside Cemetery.  A calling hour will precede the funeral beginning at 1 pm. 

Contributions may be made to the Cora Bura Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o General Brown Central School, PO Box 500, Dexter, NY  13634, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Mrs. Bura, 98, widow of Charles Bura, passed away peacefully Friday, April 4th  at her home at Jewell Dr., Watertown.

She was born June 2, 1915, the fourth child of John and Lillian (North) Hughes. She was predeceased by her siblings: Florence Hardy, Elizabeth Strauch, John Hughes, Lawrence Hughes, Grace Bennett, Harold Hughes and Albert Hughes, who died in infancy.  Cora was a 1933 graduate of Watertown High School and a 1939 graduate of Oswego Normal School, now called Oswego State.  Cora studied graduate courses at St. Lawrence University, Syracuse University and Potsdam College. Cora taught three years in rural schools, including a one-room schoolhouse in Chaumont.  She later taught first grade at General Brown in the Glen Park Building for 30 years, retiring in 1975.

She married Charles Bura December 8, 1945 at the First Baptist Church.  Mr. Bura, a retired NY Central Railroad / Conrail dispatcher, died April 25, 2008.

Cora was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Brownville Teachers Association, NYSTA, NYSRTA, AARP, and a former member of the Rebekah’s. Mr. and Mrs. Bura enjoyed summers at their Knobby Knoll cottage on Lake Ontario and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

Mrs. Bura was the beloved aunt to nieces and spouses, Mary Bura (Joseph) DiMasi, Boston, MA; Mary Hughes (Lawrence) Carpenter, East Syracuse; Jacqueline Bura (Jonas) Dahlen, Downington, PA; Constance Hughes (Harold) Willis, Largo, FL; Kim Bura (Christopher) Bennett, Dexter;  Cherry (Albert) Edwards, KS; Rosalyn (Steven) Hunyadi, FL;  Dale (Floyd) Townsend, KY; nephews, James Bura, TX; Richard Bura, Watertown; nephews and spouses, Clifford (Paulette) Bennett, Dexter, Kenneth (Suzanne) Bennett, Chaumont;  George (Donna) Bura, Jr., CA, and William (Joanne) Bura, Felts Mills. She is also survived by her devoted caregivers, affectionately known as ‘Team Cora’: Mary LaSage, Dexter, Stephanie Lloyd, Watertown, Jody Thomas, Dexter, Samantha Kirch, Watertown, Lydia Lloyd, Philadelphia, Anne Bullard, Dexter, and Macayla Curtis, Dexter .

Online condolences may be made at

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
, Watertown, NY
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