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Margaret Norton Memorial Service

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2011

NORTON, MARGARET R. (ROTTSCHAEFER); of St. Anne's Mead in Southfield, formerly of Rochester Hills; died February 23, 2011; at the age of 97. She was born August 16, 1913 in South India to Dr. Bernard and Bernice Rottschaefer, Dutch Reformed missionaries. Her early education was at the Kodaikanal International School, which she visited in 1970 and 2001. In 1941, Margaret married James Horace Norton and together they had three daughters, Joan of Birmingham, MI, Nancy Sharpe-Blizard (Ricky) of Los Angeles, CA and Carol Springs (Gregory) of Anacortes, WA; Margaret had seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; and granddaughter, Kathy. Margaret earned her B.A. from Hope College and her Masters from Wayne State University. She was a librarian at Mount Clemens High School. Margaret was a long-time member of the Rochester Historical Commission, the Mt. Avon Cemetery Board, the Rochester Hills Historical Society, and a former member of the A.A.U.W.; she was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rochester and more recently the Congregational Church of Birmingham. Her hobbies included reading, writing poetry, hiking, the study of history, and world travel. An important part of Margaret's life after she married Jim, was vacationing at their cottage on Basswood Lake in Canada. Her traveling companion for the last 16 years was her adored sister, Jean Upjohn of Kalamazoo, MI. The Funeral Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Rochester at 12 Noon on Saturday, March 12, 2011. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Amnesty International USA, 322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001.

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