Obituary: Maureen Sweeney Norgaard

Maureen Sweeney Norgaard
Maureen Sweeney Norgaard

After a long battle with cancer that she fought to her last breath, Maureen Sweeney Norgaard passed away on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Huntington Memorial Hospital. With her were her husband of 47 years, Chris, and their children Michael and Anne. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Veronica Sweeney of Pasadena, and her two sisters, both of whom died from cancer. She is survived by her brothers John Sweeney, Robert S. Sweeney Jr. and Mark Sweeney, by Sweeney cousins and other relatives in Southern California and elsewhere.
Although her father was a graduate of Los Angeles High School, Maureen was raised as a young child in Vero Beach, Florida, where she and her St. Helen’s classmates were excused from school only to see Dodgers games. Beside Maureen and her classmates at daily prayer knelt the 6-foot-7 Dodgers slugger Frank “Hondo” Howard.
Maureen was a graduate of Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena and of Stanford University. She was one of the first paralegals at the Orrick firm in San Francisco and at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of teams representing ITT in high-profile actions by the U.S. Senate and the Federal Trade Commission and led the research effort in one such action.
An active volunteer in the San Marino schools, Maureen received a Valentine Heart of Gold award. She was also involved in various ways with Flintridge Preparatory School, Polytechnic School, USC and the University of Arizona.
Along with many of her friends in the San Gabriel Valley, she was an active member of the Pasadena Guild for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She also served as a member and officer of the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena. The family asks that any contributions in Maureen’s memory be made to the Pasadena Guild for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles or to City of Hope.

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