Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - John "Jack Tim" O'Connor & Bertha "Birdie" (Larson) O'Connor

John Timothy Jack Tim O'Connor Bertha Birdie Larson Racine Wisconsin


This week, we are finishing up the graves of O'Connors at West Lawn with John Timothy "Jack Tim" O'Connor and his wife Bertha J. "Birdie" (Larson) O'Connor. Jack Tim and Birdie were my grandfather's uncle and aunt, which means they were my great great uncle and great great aunt.

Bertha Birdie Larson O'Connor Katherine Jean Bema Bruce John Timothy Jack Tim Jr. Milwaukee Wisconsin
Birdie with her son Jack Tim O'Connor Jr. and her mother-in-law Katherine (Bruce) O'Connor at the airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jack Tim was the son of Katherine Jean "Bema" (Bruce) O'Connor and John Timothy O'Connor. He was born 27 Mar 1893 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and died 22 Jan 1965 in Racine, Wisconsin. Birdie was the daughter of Jens "James" and Johanna Larson. She was born 17 Jul 1893 in Racine County, Wisconsin, and died Feb 1980 in Racine, Wisconsin.

Jack Tim and Birdie had a son, John Timothy "Jack Tim Jr." O'Connor Jr. Jack Tim was a Freemason, and Birdie was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic organization - women aren't allowed to be Freemasons. Jack Tim and Birdie both have Masonic symbols on their headstone. Poor Birdie is remembered for the first time she hosted the family Thanksgiving - she didn't take the bag of giblets out of the turkey before she cooked it.

Jack Tim and Birdie are buried at West Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, next to Jack Tim's mother Katherine and brother Franklin Dan "Bolivar" O'Connor.
Bertha Birdie Larson O'Connor Margaret John Timothy Jack Tim Roy Brush Sr. Charles Charlie Katherine Jean Bema Bruce Danny Sullivan Jr. Shirley Jean Ball Kathryn Mike
A family outing. Back row: Birdie, Margaret O'Connor, Jack Tim, Roy Brush Sr.
Middle row: Charles "Charlie" O'Connor, Katherine (Bruce) O'Connor
Front row: "Buster," Danny Sullivan Jr. [possibly], Shirley Jean (O'Connor) Ball, and Kathryn "Mike" (O'Connor) Brush

Jack Tim and Birdie's Find A Grave memorials are #95641556 and #95641567.


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