|Birth: ||Jul., 1914|
|Death: ||Jul. 20, 1927|
Some believe that Anna is "Resurrection Mary" - a ghost that haunts the Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois and is sometimes seen hitchhiking in the area.
Anna Norkus was born in Cicero, Illinois in 1914, Norkus was given the name of Ona, Lithuanian for Anna. By the time she neared her teenage years, Anna had grown into a vivacious girl. Blonde and slim, she loved to dance, and it was her relentless begging that convinced her father, August, Sr., to take her to a dancehall for her 13th birthday. On the evening of July 20, 1927, father and daughter set out from their Chicago home at 5421 S. Neva for the famous O Henry Ballroom, accompanied by August's friend, William Weisner, and Weisner's date. On their drive home, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the travelers passed Resurrection Cemetery via Archer Avenue, turning east on 71st Street and then north on Harlem to 67th Street. There, the car careened and dropped into an unseen, 25-foot-deep railroad cut. Anna was killed instantly.
DesPlaines Valley News, July 21st 1927 – Car accident takes life of 13 year old girl as car rolls over into old abandoned cut. A thirteen-year old girl was killed and five other members of an automobile party were injured, one perhaps fatally, last night, when in making a detour on Harlem avenue at 63rd street near the Community High School on their way to Clearing their machine ran into an old abandoned railroad cut and rolled over and over to the bottom. The dead girl is Anna Norkus, 5421 S. Neva, Archer Limits, who was crushed under the car and who was dead when taken out. Adam Levinski, 58 years old is at the Archer hospital with a badly fractured pelvis and with possible internal injuries. While the injury may prove fatal the physicians at the hospital say he has a good chance for recovery. August Norkus, father of the dead girl, incurred a broken colar bone which was set at the hospital. William Weisner and two girls Sophie Norkus, 16 years old and Loretta Gwozdz, 14, suffered minor injuries. All were treated at the Archer Hospital, Weisner staying over night and the girls being sent home. August Norkus and his two daughters were on their way with the others in Weisner's car to give bond for a man who had been arrested in Clearing. They came from the limits via Archer avenue to 63rd street, which was closed for the laying of water mains and sewer, and at Harlem they attempted to detour by riding south to 65th street. Passing 65th street in the darkness they ran into the old abandond cut, and at its edge their machine struck the guy wire of a telegraph pole so that it turned over and plunged down top first. Having passed 65th street the prarie flattens out into a smooth plateau and a few hundred feet farther on comes a steep drop as from a table's edge to an old abandinded railroad cut, 25 feet deep. Summit police and County Highway Police and a number of volunteers were attracted to the scene and rescued the injured persons from the wrecked car. The body of the girl victim was taken to the mortuary of George A. Sobiesk whose ambulance had been called. An inquest was set for this afternoon. Mr. Sobiesk also will have charge of the funeral.
DesPlaines Valley News, July 28th 1927 -Action was taken at the inquest held Thursday and Friday of last week at the Sobiesk mortuary in Argo to establish responsibility for the "death trap" at the 63rd and Harlem detour which on Wednesday night caused the immediate death of a young girl and the death on the following day of a man from Archer Limits. The girl victim was Anna Norkus and the man Adam Levinski, the latter passing away at Archer Hospital. Anna Norkus, a pupil of St. Joseph's school, who had met with an instantaneous death at Harlem avenue and 66th street, when the automobile in which she was riding plunged into a deep pit, was buried from St. Joseph's church Friday at 9 am. Burial took place at St. Casimir's Lithuanian cemetery. The pastor, Rev Joseph A. Sehnke, celebrated the requiem high mass and preached the sermon in the church. The remains were escorted to the church and accompanied to the cemetery by the pastor and altar boys. May her soul rest in peace. The funeral was in charge of George Sobiesk.
After the accident, her father, August Norkus was subject to devastating verbal abuse, even being told that Anna's death had been God's punishment for allowing the girl to go dancing at such a young age. In reality, the blame rested with the Chicago Streets Department, who had failed to post warning signs at the site of the cut.
Between July 28th and September 29th, an inquest was held at Sobiesk's mortuary in adjacent Argo. Heading up the five sessions was Deputy Coroner Dedrich, the case reviewed by six jurors. The DesPlaines Valley News carried the story of the inquest.
Mary Nagode, a cousin of Anna, described the sad procession that left the Norkus home on a certain Friday morning: First in line was Anna's older sister Sophie, followed by her older brother August, Jr. The pastor, altar boys, and a four-piece brass band preceded the casket, borne on a flatbed wagon with pallbearers on each side. Relatives and friends followed the grim parade for three blocks to the doors of St. Joseph's in Summit, where Anna had made her first communion only a year before.
Anna was buried in one of three newly-purchased family lots at St. Casimir Cemetery.
Much of the background information came from "Marija: The half-life of Resurrection Mary" By Ursula Bielski; http://www.ghostvillage.com/resources/2007/features_03232007.shtml
The DesPlaines newspaper transcriptions were from Bruce at http://forgottenchicago.com/forum/read.php?1,1150
Another person believed to be "Resurrection Mary is Mary Bergovy. I created a Find-A-Grave memorial for her, too. Lastly, another girl named Mary Miskowski could also be the ghost. She was a girl killed crossing the street on Halloween night 1930.
Note: Known as "Resurrection Mary"
Saint Casimir Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Researcher
Record added: Dec 07, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32029197