Margaret Considine

Obituary of Margaret Considine

Long-time Princeton resident Margaret Mary Burlee Considine died peacefully on Saturday, May 9 following a three-month struggle with cancer. She was 94. Marge (as she was known to Princetonians) was born and raised on the historic Tree Hill Farm in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. in 1941 with a degree in English, she enlisted in the Navy on July 31, 1942, the very first day that women were eligible for service. Following Officer Candidate School at Smith College, she worked in the Code Room at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, Virginia, where she was promoted to Lieutenant and supervising officer of the Code Room and Radio Room. Marge participated in the robust social life of the Base's Officer's Club, where she met her future husband Lt. Norbert Aloysius Considine. After VE Day, she worked in the same capacity at Terminal Island in Long Beach, CA, where she and Norbert were engaged and later married in Richmond upon returning to civilian life on the East Coast. After brief stints in both New York City and Philadelphia, Marge and Norb settled in Princeton in 1947. Their first home here was in the Stanworth apartments, where they made many enduring friendships that they passed on to their four children: Norbert, Brian, Kevin and Mardi. Her husband, son Norbert and daughter Mardi pre-deceased her. In addition to caring for her family, Marge worked at a number of schools and non-profit organizations in Princeton, including Princeton Hospital and Princeton Country Day School; with her husband she was a co-founder of Stuart Country Day School where she worked in various capacities. Her longest and most passionate engagement was as a Docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, where she led tours and organized study trips for members from 1980 until recently. A devotee of art, family and friends, Marge upheld the intrepid spirit of her war years with extensive travel to Europe, Myanmar, South Africa, Istanbul and the North Sea, and by never shying away from a social engagement on the home front. She is survived by her son Brian and his wife Pam, their two sons, Liam and Caleb, her son Kevin and his partner Sonny Dumas, her daughter-in-law Eileen, her son, William and step-son Peter, her step-daughter Wylie and five Great Grand Children. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Homefront. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at St. Charles Borromeo Church 47 Skillman Road, Skillman, NJ. Burial will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton
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