CARY – Melissa Anne O'Connor, 21, of Cary, born Nov. 24, 1991, in Peoria, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, following a brief illness.|
Melissa had a passion for volleyball. She was a member of the Sky High Volleyball team in junior high school and at Marian Central Catholic High School.
She was overjoyed to become a mother and was most at peace with her daughter in the short time they spent together. ShilaRae will always have her mother looking over her.
Melissa is survived by her parents, Matthew and Diane O'Connor; fiancé Pablo Arreola; infant daughter ShilaRae Elise O'Connor-Arreola; siblings, Beth, Sayde, Erik, Jordan and Angelina O'Connor; grandparents, Darlene O'Connor and Frederick and Geraldine Kierl; godparents Mark O'Connor and Dana Goehring; and many cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. Melissa also is survived by the Arreola family, who loved her deeply.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather John O'Connor; and cousin Adam Kierl.
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, at Davenport Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in Windridge Memorial Park, Cary. Condolences may be sent to www.davenportfamily.com.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-459-3411.
Published in the Northwest Herald from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2013