JOHNSON-O'CONNOR Helen Veronica (Vera) Johnson O'Connor, 91, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Beacon Place Hospice, Greensboro NC. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Father Eric Kowalski. Interment will be on Thursday, at Salisbury National Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Vera, as she was known by most, Helen by some, was born in Queens, NY on August 16, 1922 to the late John Johnson and Nellie Mahoney Johnson. She was married to Daniel B. O'Connor for sixty-eight years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed; her family, taking care of others, cooking, sewing, crocheting and knitting. Vera's faith was of utmost importance and gave her strength daily and throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her parents and son Daniel B. O'Connor Jr., her brother John C. Johnson and wife Ruth, dear niece Judith Ann Johnson Kielbasa. Also, proceeded in death by childhood friends and brother-in-law, George (Gip) Brucia and wife Betty, Goddaughter and niece, Jane Brucia and brother-in-law Donald Gassert. Vera is survived by her loving husband Daniel (Brugha); son Kevin O'Connor and his wife Lynn; grandsons, Shaun O'Connor, Matthew O'Connor and Daniel James O'Connor; and two great-granddaughters, Ava Claire O'Connor and Chrystelle White. Also surviving are grandnieces, Dawn and Donna Kielbasa and grandnephew Robert Kielbasa and wife Jessica; dear close friends Danny and Kathleen Rubino along with friends Josephine, Margret, Mary and her surviving sister-in-law Ann O'Connor Gassert; and many many loving nieces and nephews. She is now with many old friends and family in heaven. The family would like to thank Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro NC, Neuroscience Dept., N-Tower 4 and Beacon Place Hospice, also of Greensboro, for their compassionate care. The family visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 18th from 6-8:00.m. at Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beacon Place, 2502 Summit Avenue Greensboro, NC 27405 in Helen's memory. Online condolences may be made at www. haneslineberryfuneral homes.com
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Published in Newsday on Feb. 19, 2014