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Mary Margaret Burke Norton
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1890
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1949
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA

Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) Norton, was a school teacher in Jersey City, New Jersey and later a housewife who died of appendicitis. (b. September 07, 1890; 29 Atlantic Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, 07304-2301, USA, d. September 12, 1949, 7:20 am; Jersey City Medical Center, 50 Baldwin Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07304, USA)

Mary was the daughter of John Joseph Burke I (1868-1939); and Nora Finn (1866-1898). John was the son of William Burke (c1842-1919) and Margaret Kane (c1834-1912) of Ireland. Nora was the daughter of Daniel Finn (1818-1887) and Catherine Creedon (1834-1914) of Millstreet, Cork, Munster Province, Ireland.

She was born on September 7, 1890 at 29 Atlantic Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey. Mary Burke had no siblings.

She was baptized at Saint Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City.

Death of mother:
Her mother died of pneumonia when she was 8 years old.

Raised by her aunt:
Mary was raised by her mother's sister: Catherine Elizabeth Finn (1873-1918) aka Kate Finn. Catherine worked as an executive secretary at the American Lead Pencil Company in Hoboken, New Jersey. Katherine and Mary were relatively well off financially, Kate owned a piano, and her house was decorated with crystal and at least one oil painting. They also owned a sterling silver tea set. Her father, John Burke remarried around 1900 and started a second family.

School teacher:
Mary became a school teacher in Jersey City.

She met Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968) who's sister was a school teacher at the same school. Mary and Thomas married on September 27, 1919 at Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. Tom was the son of Patrick J. Norton (1856-1905) and Sarah Jane Carr (1866-1950). When Mary married she was required to leave teaching. Teaching was only allowed for single women.

Mary and Thomas had the following children: Thomas Patrick Norton; Vincent Gerard Norton (1923-2005); John Burke Norton (1927) who died after a few months and the family suspected that he was stuck with a diaper pin at the hospital and developed septicemia; James Joseph Norton II (1929-2011); and Catherine Finn Norton (1930-1934) who died at exactly age 4 years and never fully developed physically, possibly from from an inherited metabolic disorder.

Devout Catholic:
In 1942 Mary's son Thomas got married but she refused to attend the wedding because he was marrying a Protestant and the family was Catholic.

In 1949 Selma, her daughter-in-law, stopped by 603 Garfield Avenue in Jersey City to say hello and found her on the couch in pain. Mary's husband hadn't called the doctor and this was her second day in pain. Selma called the doctor from a neighbor's apartment, since Tom didn't have a telephone at that time. Mary lived another day, but died at the hospital. She told Selma at the hospital before she died: "you saved my life".

Mary was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, in Jersey City, New Jersey in a plot that belongs to her mother's family. She was buried on September 15, 1949. The tombstone reads "Finn".

Funeral notice:
Her funeral notice was published in the Jersey Journal on September 13, 1949 and reads as follows: "Norton - Of 603 Garfield Avenue, on Monday, September 12, 1949, Mary Norton (nee Burke), beloved wife of Thomas P. Norton Sr., devoted mother of Thomas P. Jr., Vincent G. and James Norton. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, September 15th at 9 a.m. from The Funeral Home of Richmond F. Routh, 206 Old Bergen Road. Solemn mass of requiem at Sacred Heart R.C. Church at 10 a.m. Interment Holy Name Cemetery."

Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) was the grandmother of Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ).

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on June 16, 2003. Updated on July 30, 2015 with the date of her baptism.

Family links: 
  John Joseph Burke (1870 - 1939)
  Honora M. Finn Burke (1865 - 1898)
  Thomas Patrick Norton (1891 - 1968)
  Thomas Patrick Norton (1920 - 2011)*
  Vincent Gerard Norton (1923 - 2005)*
  John Burke Norton (1927 - 1927)*
  James Joseph Norton (1929 - 2011)*
  Catherine Finn Norton (1930 - 1934)*
  Mary Margaret Burke Norton (1890 - 1949)
  Bertha Marie Burke Prasky (1902 - 1971)**
  William Joseph Burke (1905 - 1996)**
  Josephine Veronica Burke Norton (1907 - 1995)**
  John Joseph Burke (1909 - 1986)**
  Margaret E. Burke Morgan (1913 - 1970)**
  Owen Joseph Burke (1915 - 1984)**
*Calculated relationship
Holy Name Cemetery
Jersey City
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Grave 21, Section K, Block S
Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1...
Record added: Jun 16, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7585449
Mary Margaret <i>Burke</i> Norton
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
Mary Margaret <i>Burke</i> Norton
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
Mary Margaret <i>Burke</i> Norton
Added by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
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 Added: Jul. 12, 2003

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