, Salem, MA

July 18, 2013

Norrine Brown, 87

Ipswich, MA — Mary Alice Norrine Freund Brown of Ipswich died peacefully on July 16, surrounded by her family. Born in Chicago on March 2, 1926, Norrine was the only child of William Freund and Martha Poirier Freund. She grew up in Boston and attended Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro, graduated from Brookline High School where she was captain of the swim team, received her A.S. degree in Nursing from Northern Essex Community College, and attended Boston College and Salem State College part-time. She married Pierce J. Brown in Boston in 1946, and together they had eight children whom they raised in Brighton and in Ipswich. Norrine worked as a realtor before becoming a registered nurse at the age of 52. She worked as a med/surg nurse at Beverly Hospital and as a psychiatric nurse at Lynn Union Hospital. In addition, she gave her time as a volunteer to numerous organizations and projects. Most recently, she volunteered at the Doyon School Library in Ipswich and in her parish, Our Lady of Hope, Ipswich, where she was an active member. She also loved to travel, having been to France, England, Scotland, Italy and Japan and was an avid reader. Her greatest joy in life, however, was spending time with her family, which included 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She is survived by Philip and Brenda Brown of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Susan and Brooks Stoddard of Brunswick, Maine, Karen and Robert Geggel of Dover, Mass., David Brown and Maureen Woodward of Ipswich, Stephen and Tracy Brown of Ipswich, Nancy Higgins and James Sholomith of Ipswich and a son-in-law, Nori Ichizawa of Rowley. She was predeceased by her husband, and two daughters, Christine Brown and Elizabeth Ichizawa.

ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Hope in Ipswich at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 20, visitation will be held on Friday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Morris Funeral Home. For directions or to send condolences to Norrine’s family, please go to For those who wish to make a contribution in Norrine’s memory, her favorite charity was St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326 or