Ona Marija “Anna” Norkus

Ona Marija “Anna” Norkus

Cicero, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 20 Jul 1927 (aged 12)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 32029197 · View Source
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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 dance hall 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 am, 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.

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 Des Plaines 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.

Another person believed to be "Resurrection Mary" is Mary Bergovy. Lastly, another girl named Mary Miskowski could also be the ghost. She was a girl killed crossing the street on Halloween night 1930.

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  • Maintained by: A. P. Reed
  • Originally Created by: Researcher
  • Added: 7 Dec 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32029197
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ona Marija “Anna” Norkus (14 Sep 1914–20 Jul 1927), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32029197, citing Saint Casimir Catholic Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by A. P. Reed (contributor 48008650) .