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Catherine Finn Norton

  • Birth 4 Jul 1930 Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Death 5 Jul 1934 Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot Grave 21, Section K, Block S
  • Memorial ID 8327720

Catherine Finn Norton (1930-1934) died as a youth from bronchitis and pneumonia. She suffered from what is now called "failure to thrive" that most likely was caused by an inborn error of metabolism. She was four years old but never grew much bigger than she was as an infant. (b. July 04, 1930; Christ Hospital, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA - d. July 05, 1934; 603 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA)

Catherine was the daughter of Thomas Patrick Norton I (1891-1968) and Mary Margaret Burke (1890-1949) aka May Burke.

Funeral notice:
Her obituary appeared in the Jersey Journal on Friday, July 06, 1934 and reads as follows: "On Thursday, July 05, 1934, Catherine Finn Norton, aged 4 years, the beloved daughter of Thomas and Mary Norton (nee Burke). Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, July 07, 1934, from the residence, 603 Garfield Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Name Cemetery."

Memories of Catherine Norton:
Thomas Patrick Norton (1920-2011) writes: "She never grew properly, she may have had a pituitary deficiency and had to take medicine. The medicine might have been pituitary extract from animals, but I am not sure. She was sick and Dr. George Brick came to the house and wrote a prescription. I went to the drug store and waited for them to fill the prescription, and when I returned home my dad told me that she had died. He then sent for the doctor again. The doctor confirmed she had expired and my mom got to her knees and thanked God that the child's suffering was over. She lived exactly 4 years and died of pneumonia. When she died my father took all her toys and stuffed animals and burned them in the furnace in the basement. The wake was in our house. I was very nervous and pacing back and forth and James Patrick Langan I (1889-1975) sat me down and told me not to worry and that everything was going to be all right."

Researched and written by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) for Findagrave starting on January 27, 2004. Updated on June 21, 2014 with "inborn error of metabolism".


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  • Created by: Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
  • Added: 27 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8327720
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Catherine Finn Norton (4 Jul 1930–5 Jul 1934), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8327720, citing Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (contributor 46580804) .