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Jean Norton-Torjussen, 69, of Beaufort, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 3.

Born in Chicago, Jean held many professional positions in her career but was most proud of her two passions; writing and art, with her tenure as a Lifestyle Editor at the Progress Newspaper in Caldwell, NJ and a Japanese watercolorist at ARTworks in Beaufort, SC. Formerly of Essex Fells, NJ, Jean was an avid gardener, loved the game of golf, her canine companion Henry, and spending time with family and friends.

Jean was predeceased by her parents, Jean P. and William F. Norton, and her sister Barbara Colpitts Ahner.

She is survived by her brother Bill Norton and his wife Barbara of Stephens City VA, sister Mary E. Norton of Beaufort, SC, nieces and nephews Robert Colpitts of NY, NY, Matthew J. Colpitts and his wife Jessica of Hamlin, PA, Elizabeth Colpitts of West Palm Beach, FL, and Jason W. Norton and his wife Natalie of Middletown, VA. Her step-children Kristine McIntyre and her husband James, of Lincoln Park, NJ, Martin Torjussen, Jr. and his wife Meredith of West Caldwell, NJ, Meghan Platow and her husband Derek of South Portland ME, and Kyle Torjussen and his wife Lauren of Glen Ridge, NJ.

A service in her memory will take place at First Presbyterian Church in Beaufort, 1201 North St, on Thursday, May 10 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Trinity-St. John’s Church, Hewlett, N.Y. at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s name to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037.

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  1. Rita Annan-Brady says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of my former colleague and friend. We spent many happy times together both in the office and at social events. I will always remember her fondly. Farewell, my friend.
    My deepest condolences.
    Rita Annan-Brady
    Caldwell, NJ

  2. Ashley Pagan says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Ms. Jean’s passing. She was my first client when I started working in the care giving field. I never realized when I walked through her front door for the first time that she would end up being a very dear friend and mentor. In the few years that I knee her we shared many laughs and she taught me so much not only about life but about myself. I will miss her tremendously and I regret not getting to she her more before she passed away, but I know that she is whole again and I’m sure that she has been painting her heart out since she left us! I know that she must have touched the hearts of many because she definitely left her mark on mine! I will miss her advise, she always had a solution or at least a suggestion, I will miss her silly quirks and pet peaves, we shared of a lot them and she would always say “I don’t mind telling you because you understand what I mean,” I will miss her wisdom, she was always teaching new things from the rules of golf to abstract art, I could go on and on because there is so much that I will miss but more than anything I will just miss her! My sincerest sympathy to all of her loved ones and to Henry Lee (her furry side kick) and Bubba (her beloved Beta)! It is my hope that you all are able to find peace and comfort during this sorrowful time. I will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Until we meet again Ms. Jean…Love always, Ashley

  3. Ann Hughes, formerly Barbara Leisinger says:

    Jean and I were neighbors throughout junior and senior high. Thanks to Facebook, we reunited. We were both planning to move south and she got there first! We continued to correspond but unfortunately I never got to visit… I was so sad when she became too ill to make any plans. I absolutely loved her artwork as I’m a watercolor artist also. Her Talent was incredible! Much love to her brother and sister and all of the rest of her family.

  4. William Norton says:

    I want to share my appreciation for everyone that was in Jean’s life, especially as her health was failing her. Our thanks to neighbors that checked in on her and spent time with her, for health care friends that cared for sister Jean and shared their lives with her. Especially dear to me were all the prayers for her getting better and to be sustained through her tough days. As we have to deal with Jean’s estate there are just so many times that I just remember when…. Oh, we miss her. Love you sis! Thanks again for everyone that loved her and touched her life!

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