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Carmel Ann O'Connor

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O'Connor, Carmel Ann SCHENECTADY Carmel Ann O'Connor, 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Carmel was born in Schenectady, the daughter of Frank and Anna O'Connor and was a lifelong Schenectady resident. She was a graduate of St. Columba's High School and was a student of Siena College, transfer-ring to the University of Loyola at Chicago where she obtained her B.A. Carmel continued her studies at the College of Saint Rose where she obtained her M.A. She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist. Carmel was an elementary teacher in both the Mohonasen Central School District and Niskayuna School District. Additionally, she was a librarian in the Niskayuna District. She was an ardent believer in the phonics system for teaching reading, so much so that she had published a book on phonics providing all her own illustrations. Carmel was an accomplished seamstress, loved scrabble, bridge and golf and was once a member of three different golf leagues. She was an avid traveler-visiting more than a dozen countries to include parasailing in the Bahamas on her 80th birthday. Carmel was predeceased by three sisters, Mary John, Aileen McGarry, Constance Ward and two brothers, John E O'Connor and William O'Connor. She is survived by her sisters, Dolores Connelly of Fayetteville, N.Y. and Helen Summers (Thomas) of Rotterdam; two brothers, Frank O'Connor (Kathy) and Edward O'Connor (Patricia) of Rotterdam; and her sisters-in-law, Florence O'Connor of Niskayuna and Betty O'Connor of Glenville; as well as several close friends. She is also survived by 31 nephews and nieces and more than 60 great-nephews and nieces. Family was extremely important to Carmel and she was especially close to her niece, Celia McGarry and Celia's two sons, Timothy and Ryan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 at St. John the Evangelist Church, Union Street, Schenectady. At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Nis-kayuna. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Carmel's name to the Joan Nicole Prince Home, 22 Glenview Drive, Scotia, NY 12302 or to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308.
Published in Albany Times Union from July 29 to July 30, 2010
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