Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - John "Jack Tim" O'Connor Sr. & 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 Sr. 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 Jr. and her mother-in-law Bema at the airport in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
Jack Tim was the son of Katherine Jean "Bema" (Bruce) O'Connor and John Timothy O'Connor. He was born March 27, 1893 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota and died January 22, 1965 in Racine, Racine, County Wisconsin. Birdie was the daughter of Jens "James" and Johanna Larson. She was born July 17, 1893 in Racine County, Wisconsin, and died on February 5, 1980 in Racine.

Jack Tim and Birdie married on June 27, 1917 in Racine County and 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, Racine County, 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 Frances (Van Wormer) O'Connor, Jack Tim, Roy Lester Brush Sr.
Middle row: Charles Edward "Charlie" O'Connor, Bema
Front row: Roy Edward "Buster" Brush, Daniel M. "Danny" Sullivan Jr. [possibly], Shirley Jean (O'Connor) Ball, and Kathryn Jean "Mike" (O'Connor) Brush

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

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