Bernadette O'Connor (1925 - 2014)

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Bernadette O'Connor

UNION VALE - Bernadette C. O'Connor, a resident of the Town of Union Vale, died on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born on November 22, 1925 in County Fermanagh, Ireland. She was the daughter of John and Margaret (Connolly) McQuillan. Bernadette was a retired real estate broker with Century 21 in LaGrangeville. She was a parishioner of Saint Kateri Church in LaGrangeville and a past member of the Union Vale Historical Society and the Kevin Barry Irish Club in the Hudson Valley.

On May 1, 1948, Bernadette married John T. O'Connor in NYC. In 2000, John T. and Bernadette were the first couple to be declared "Seniors of the Year" by the Dutchess County Office for the Aging. They were both also recognized for their long marriage by the Archdiocese of New York and Pope John Paul II. John, her beloved husband of 61years, predeceased her on August 15, 2009.

Bernadette is survived by her 6 children, Sean E. O'Connor of Ruby, NY, Maureen Topscher and her husband Al of Las Vegas, NV, Rosaleen O'Connor of Queens, Brian T. O'Connor and his wife Patricia of Bethpage, Michael O'Connor and his wife Angela of the Town of Rye, and Sheila Dickeson and her husband Doug of Poughquag; her brother, Seamus McQuillan; as well as 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren with another due in August; and her first great-great grandchild due in April . In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also predeceased by her sisters, Mary, Margaret and Josephine; and her brothers, Tom, Emmet and Eddie.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 21st from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00am at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1925 Route 82, LaGrangeville, followed by interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St.Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1925 Route 82, LaGrangeville, NY 12540. For driving directions and online condolences, please visit Bernadette's Book of Memories at

Funeral Home
McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
895 Route 82 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
(845) 221-2000
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20, 2014
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