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Obituary: Mary “Marge” Larkin

March 9, 2023
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Obituary: Mary “Marge” Larkin
Mary “Marge” Larkin

Mary “Marge” Larkin, 90, of Orange, CT beloved wife of John “Jack” Larkin, passed peacefully on February 27, 2023.  Born on April 19, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Cooper) Burkowsky.  Marge and Jack were married on September 2, 1954.

Marge attended Ansonia High School and was a drum majorette in the school’s marching band.  She had an excellent soprano singing voice and sang at Saint Anthony’s church in Ansonia, and also later at family weddings.  Marge graduated from the Hospital of Saint Raphael School of Nursing with the class of 1953.  Her career as a RN spanned multiple decades and she became head nurse at Bentley Gardens Health Care Center in West Haven, CT.  Marge showed great compassion for her patients.

In addition to her husband, Marge is survived by her children, Kevin Larkin of Cheshire, Kathleen Larkin Kish of Milford, and Janet Larkin of Naugatuck; her grandchildren, Kelsey Larkin and Ceara Larkin of Stamford, Kayleigh Kish of Milford, and Jody DeGennaro of Naugatuck; her brother Richard Burkowsky and his wife Diana of Clinton, her sisters-in-law Louise Burkowsky of Long Island, NY, and Judy Larkin Nicolari of Ansonia; brother-in-law William Larkin of Saint Petersburg, Florida; and by numerous nieces and nephews.  Marge’s brother Joseph Burkowsky, sister-in-law Mary Elise (Larkin) Zarrilli, and brother-in-law George Larkin predeceased Marge.

Marge had a deep religious faith and when she could no longer attend mass, she and Jack watched the Sunday mass and often the daily mass on TV.  She looked forward to the homilies especially those given by Father Gatzak.

Family gatherings were a special part of her life.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and she loved decorating her home, cooking, the holiday meal, and gift giving.  She was a tremendous cook.  She was also very good at home decorating and was recognized for this in an article in the New Haven Register.

Marge greatly enjoyed working in her gardens and swimming in the pools she had over the years.  She was also an avid reader and the Orange Library was one of her favorite places.  She loved to travel, go to the shore, and dine out.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 8, 2023 at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT.  Interment followed at Mt. St. Peter Cemetery, 219 New Haven Avenue, Derby, CT.  The family is being cared for by the staff at the Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Office of Radio & Television, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712-1052 or at  To leave online condolences, please visit

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