Obituary of Janine Simone Norton
With great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Janine Simone Norton, age 96,
residing at Riddle Village Life Care center in Delaware County, PA. She passed away July 21, 2022,
with her family at her side. She was one of twelve children born on August 3rd, 1925, to parents
Louis-Philippe and Cécile Desjardins in the small provincial Canadian town of Saint-Jérôme, located
forty-five kilometers northwest of Montreal, Québec.
Janine married the late Paul John Norton in 1954, and they lived briefly in Ridley Park, PA, Norwood, PA,
and then Glenolden, PA, for the next thirty-eight years. She remained there after Paul’s passing until
2006, then moved into Riddle Village Life Care Center in Media, PA, where she spent her final sixteen
years. She is survived by all five of her children Camille Norton, Paul John Norton Jr (Colleen), Peter
Norton (Christine), Janine Beale (Bree), and Leslie Norton. She is survived by four grandchildren,
Christopher Beale Jr, Ashley Beale, Michelle Norton, John Paul Norton, and one great-grandchild Alexis
Beale. She is also survived by three remaining sisters, Cécile, Thérèse, Lucille, and one brother,
Louis-Philippe, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and friends.
Janine attended primary and secondary education in a private Catholic convent in Canada, forming a
foundation of faith for her lifetime. She soon participated in some college courses in pharmacology. Her
first job was at a small pharmacy in Saint-Jérôme; later, she got a better job at a larger pharmacy in
Montreal. While on vacation with friends in Atlantic City, NJ, she met her future husband. He wooed her at
the Steel Pier, and they became pen pals after she returned home to Canada. He later went to Canada
and proposed marriage, and she accepted. They were married in St. Catherine Cathedral in Montreal on
February 6, 1954. She then moved to the US with her new husband and raised five children. After her
children were mostly grown, she started a new career as a cosmetics salesperson and makeup artist for
Max Factor, Charles de Ritz, and Lancôme. She retired after fifteen years as the top sales professional in
the Philadelphia region. She enjoyed her retired life at the New Jersey shore with her husband until his
passing in 1998.
Janine was a remarkable person full of ambition with an inquisitive mind and a true zest for life. She was
a role model for what a self-determined modern woman should be before it was common and left a clear
template for her equally determined daughters to follow. For her sons, she pushed them to be the best
they could be. Later in life, she partially lost her sight to Macular Degeneration, yet she persevered,
determined not to be a wilting flower. Instead, she triumphed with her cane and talking books. She
exercised daily with a rigid routine of swimming at the pool and then walking around the Riddle Village
compound. This continued even as her illness progressed until just weeks before her death. Her belief in
her Catholic faith carried her through with dignity to the end.
Janine lived a long and full life and always moved forward with a positive attitude. She met all obstacles
in her path and found the inner strength to conquer them. She had a tremendous sense of family love
which she passed on to her children. They will remember her as a courageous lion, an unstoppable force,
and a loving mother.
Relative and friends are invited to her visitation on Monday 10 AM – 11 AM in the Church of the Nativity
BVM, 30 E. Franklin St., Media, PA 19063 followed by her Funeral Mass at 11 AM. Burial in S.S. Peter &