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Obituary of Claudette O’Rourke


Mrs. Claudette O’Rourke, 81, of Charleston, S. Carolina and formerly Cortland, passed away February 18, 2020 in Charleston. Born January 11, 1939 in Pittston, Pennsylvania, Claudette was the daughter of Claude John and Mary Alice Martin Berger.

Claudette was a Registered Nurse and was employed in geriatric nursing for many years including employment with Cortland Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband and Cortland native, Dr. Thomas O’Rourke in 2002.

She is survived by her daughter; Susan J.(David) McWatters of Charleston, S. Carolina and two sons; Thomas J. (Stephanie) O’Rourke of Shaker Heights, Ohio and David (Kimberly) O’Rourke of Victor, N.Y., five grandchildren and one great grandchild; also surviving Claudette are her sister Mary Joyce Kelly-Elsbury, her sister in laws; Carol O’Rourke and Helen Spaulding and brother in laws; Gerald (Pat) O’Rourke, and Danny Camillo, all of Cortland. Claudette was also preceded in death by brother; Fred Berger, sister in laws; Mary McDonald and Margaret Camillo, and brother in law Donal Spaulding.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, prayers of committal will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the Chapel of Riccardi Funeral Home 69 N. Main St. Cortland, N.Y. 13045

Condolences may also be sent to the family by visiting The family requests in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to The Alzheimers Association

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