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Carolyn A. O'Connell

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BUTTE - Carolyn A. (Pendergress) O'Connell, 79, died of natural causes at a Butte hospital Tuesday, Oct. 18, her 59th wedding anniversary.

Visitation is 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by the service in St. Patrick's Church, 329 W. Mercury St., Butte. Burial will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the Willow Creek Cemetery in Browning. K&L Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 17, 1932, in Browning, to James "Ted" Martin Pendergress and Ann (Szchuist) Pendergress. She attended schools first in Great Falls, then St. Mary and Cut Bank, and finished in Browning, where she graduated from high school in 1951.

She married Edward F. "Butch" O'Connell on Oct. 18, 1952, in Great Falls. They lived on the Milk River, then in 1953 moved to Milligan on the Smith River, for the Colby Sheep Co., which later became the McKamey Brothers Ranch. In 1963, they moved to Alder to work for the Jim Burns Ranch, and in 1965 moved to Butte for work with the Montana Livestock Auction Co.

Most of her life she was a housewife. But while in Alder, she worked at the Nevada City Bakery. In Butte, she worked at the Stockyards Café, and owned the EO Western Store.

She loved gardening and helping people any way she could. She was a staunch Catholic with a strong faith in God and family.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Ann; brother Pat Pendergrass; and son-in-law Jack Andreoli.

Survivors include her husband, Butch; brothers and sisters James Pendergress, Claire (Pendergress) Smith, John Pendergress and Mary (Pendergress) Schnee; children Dan and Kay O'Connell, Barb and Bob Raridon, Wayne and Tami O'Connell, Tim and Teri O'Connell, Theresa Andreoli, and Greg and Kim O'Connell; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials: Our Lady of the Rockies, or .

Condolences may be posted online at

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Oct. 22, 2011
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