Margaret Therese Nordbye

January 14, 1919August 22, 2020

Margaret Therese Nordbye, of Rochester, died Saturday morning, August 22, 2020 at the age of 101. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Earl, her parents Charles and Mary Gillen of Carbondale, PA, and her eight siblings, Edward Gillen, Mary Woodworth, Kathryn Gallagher, Ann Henry, Florence Wendt, Agnes Rexer, Charles Gillen and James Gillen, as well as several nieces and nephews. Margaret is survived by numerous other nieces and nephews, and their families.

Born and raised in Carbondale, Margaret met her future husband, WWII Army serviceman Earl Nordbye, while she was living in New York City. After their marriage Margaret and Earl moved to Rochester where she was to live the rest of her long life. She and Earl purchased a home in her beloved Ellwanger-Barry neighborhood where she resided for over 60 years. Unfortunately, however, their happy marriage was cut short by Earl’s untimely death in 1976. Margaret was rightfully proud to have been a “Lifetime Volunteer.” She served as a member of the Meals on Wheels program for over 45 years. In addition, she was a long-time volunteer at both the Rochester Psychiatric Center and Monroe Community Hospital, and was a Gray Lady for the American Red Cross. A devout Roman Catholic, Margaret was a member of the Legion of Mary and the Council of Catholic Women, and was a faithful parishioner of her neighborhood’s St. Boniface Church. She enjoyed singing in church choirs and was an enthusiastic Girl Scout Leader.

Always a welcoming and gregarious person, during her long life Margaret forged a great many friendships in her neighborhood and far beyond. She was very proud to be an American and staunchly proud of her Irish and Catholic heritage. She will be sorely missed by her many relatives and those others lucky to have had their lives cross hers.

Relatives & friends may call on Thursday, Aug. 27th from 4-7PM at the Funeral Home of ALVAH HALLORAN & SON, 2125 Chili Ave., Gates. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM on Friday, Aug. 28th at St. Boniface Church, 330 Gregory St., Rochester. Interment in White Haven Memorial Park. All attending the calling hours and Funeral Mass must wear masks and social distancing guidelines must be followed.


  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, August 27, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, August 28, 2020


Margaret Therese Nordbye

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Paul Boe

August 27, 2020

Living a great distance apart, I remember Aunt Margaret's wonderful 4 page handwritten letters with perfect penmanship. She was always so gracious in her praises about my family and their accomplishments.....she never once spoke about all of hers. In reading her obituary, I should have heaped praise on her. I know you are with Uncle Earl in the heavenly kingdom.

Elaine Lennox

August 27, 2020

We had the pleasure of living next door to Margaret on Linden St. She was so welcoming and excited to have a young couple move in. She enjoyed watching our family grow and sharing cold drinks on the porch. She delivered meals on wheels with my husband Jeff’s uncle Bill Lennox for many years, a fact we were delighted to find out. On her 100 & 1/2 birthday party, Margaret held court and graciously accepted the congratulations from friends and neighbors. Whenever I think of Margaret, a smile comes over me. She will he missed.

Margaret Simkins

August 25, 2020

Margaret was beloved by her neighbors. We would know it was truly summertime when "the Mayor of Linden Street" would sit outside on her porch and tell stories of her life and the history of our street. Her warm greeting to anyone who passed by the house made us feel like a community. Having lived across from her, I was blessed to get to know her. She inspired me in so many ways, and I will truly miss her. She will always live in my memory.

Daniel Sudillo

August 25, 2020

Margaret always went out of her way to make people welcome. She would hold court on her front porch on Linden St. during the summer and many people visited then. She told me stories about Bishop Sheen and how he would run the bingo games at MCH and give out his own money to the winners. besides her volunteer work at the hospital and meals on wheels, she also was an Election Inspector. She was a living history book. She always asked how you were before you could ask about her situations. Such people knit communities together and make life better for us all. RIP Margaret.

Marjorie Handel

August 25, 2020

I was co-founder of the Relatives and Friends of MCH as a staff member. Margaret and I worked on so many activities for the residents. She was a great person. She was also involved in other activities at the hospital. She demonstrated her catholic faith in all aspects of her life. I last saw her at the reception for Fr Kennedy when he retired as Pastor of SE Catholic parish of which St Boniface is part of. I am sure she is at peace and enjoying her heavenly reward. I am thankful she was my friend. RIP Margaret.


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