O'Connor, Katherine S.
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Katherine "Kay" Schlauder O'Connor, 83, of Stratford passed away suddenly, June 3, 2013 at Bridgeport Hospital.
She was born in Hamden, Connecticut, March 18, 1930 to Eugene and Katherine Donlan Schlauder. Katherine attended Spring Glenn Elementary School and graduated from Hamden High School. She was president of her class as well as Student Government Chair at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven where she graduated with honors in 1951. On July 7, 1951 she married George F. O'Connor of Waterbury whom she met while he was at Yale University.
She was the loving mother of Emily O'Connor Karolyi of Stratford, the late John O'Connor and his wife, Carolyn Mugar of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jeff O'Connor and his wife, Amy of San Diego, California, the late Raymond O'Connor, the late Katherine (Katie) O'Connor and James O'Connor and his wife, Daria of Saugus, Massachusetts. Mrs. O'Connor was the beloved grandmother of Mary O'Connor, Lexy Karolyi, Kati Karolyi, Kaitlin Rae O'Connor, Emmie Karolyi, Jimmy O'Connor and Chloe Schweinschaut and her husband, Kyle; great-grandmother of Isabella, Oliver and Harper. She also leaves three nephews, Robert O'Connor, Jack O'Connor and George O'Connor and three nieces, Joan Kolski, Carol Morton and Christine Doolan.
Katherine raised her family in Stratford and has always been an active participant in community affairs, local politics, business, education and volunteer activities.
In 1958, Kay was president of the Stratford Jaycee Wives. She served as the assistant coach for the Stratford YMCA's swim team during the 1960's and, in the past, was also on multiple boards of organizations and associations within Stratford. These include: Stratford Library Board, Stratford Red Cross Board, Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors, and the Stratford Beautification Committee, Goodwill of Southern Connecticut - Board of Directors, and Stratford BEST Committee (Business Education Support Team). Katherine was also a part of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, of which she was a board member and president (1991). Mrs. O'Connor was one of the founding members of the Perry House Foundation where she held the position of Chairman of the Board.
Katherine was the founder and owner of Katherine O'Connor Real Estate, Inc on Paradise Green in Stratford She was also a president of the Greater Bridgeport Board of REALTORS.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10 am at the Pistey Funeral Home, 2155 Main Street, Stratford and at 11 am at Our Lady of Peace Church with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 pm. Those who so desire may make contributions in her memory to either Perry House Foundation, 1128 W. Broad St., Stratford or American
, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492.
Please visit www.pisteyfuneralhome.com to leave condolences online.
Pistey Funeral Home Inc
2155 Main St
Stratford, CT 06615
Published in Connecticut Post from June 4 to June 5, 2013