Mary Fitzgerald Osborne, school crossing guard

Mary Fitzgerald Osborne
Mary Fitzgerald Osborne
Posted: June 28, 2013

On Monday, June 24, the last day of school in Burlington Township, Mary Fitzgerald Osborne was on crossing-guard duty at the B. Bernice Young Elementary School.

"She was waiting for the last group of kids to come out," her daughter Theresa Osborne MacIntosh said, "when she had a heart attack and collapsed."

Mrs. Osborne, 71, died within the hour at Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro, her daughter said.

Her unexpected death was not the first in the family.

Mrs. Osborne's husband, Robert C., "was playing basketball the night that he died" on the court in 1989, their daughter said.

Mrs. Osborne graduated from Burlington City High School in 1960 and was a saleswoman at Grant's, a department store in Mount Holly.

She married in 1962, while working in the accounting department at the Farmers & Mechanics Bank in Burlington City, where she was employed until 1966.

She did not return to work until 2000, when she was accepted by the Burlington City Police Department as a crossing guard, her daughter said.

"She had been widowed for quite a while," she said, "and the opportunity came up. It was close to home, dealing with kids, something she loved to do."

Mrs. Osborne was a member of the parent-teacher association at St. Paul elementary school in Burlington from 1967 through 1994.

She did that "to provide more things for the children who went to school there," her daughter said.

"That was something both my parents did. My father ran the CYO program at St. Paul for over 20 years.

"He coached basketball," mostly for high school students, she said, "but he ran the entire program."

Besides her daughter Theresa, Mrs. Osborne is survived by sons Robert J. and Michael; daughters Christy Osborne and Kathleen Hubbs; six grandchildren; and a brother.

Visitations were set from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 28, at the Page Funeral Home, 302 E. Union St., Burlington, and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the funeral home before a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 223 E. Union St., Burlington.

Donations may be made at http://nj.wish.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.pagefuneralhome.com.


Contact Walter F. Naedele

at 610-313-8134, wnaedele@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @WNaedele.

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