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Yorktown, Virginia

Ann O'Connor, 85, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in Newport News, VA. Originally from Washington State, she moved several times as a child due to her father's service in the U.S. Army. She had many fond childhood memories of living in San Francisco, CA, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Decatur, IL. It was while living in Puerto Rico that she decided to become a Catholic, following her grandmother's advice to find her own way.

Ann married the love of her life, Chris E. O'Connor, Jr. while in college in San Antonio, TX. Following the marriage, they moved to Lawton, OK where all six of their children were born. While in Lawton, Ann was a founding member of St. Barbara Catholic Church.

Her children were the light of her life. They describe her as the most unconditionally loving mother possessing a laugh that brightens all around her. She was a lifelong learner and a voracious reader. A talented seamstress and crafter, she lovingly created clothing, crocheted throws, and handcrafted holiday decorations for her family.

In 1975, Ann and her family moved to Hampton where she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. In 2018, they moved to Yorktown to be closer to several of their children. She and Chris are members of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Ann was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years Chris E. O'Connor, Jr. and her children, Mary Jane O'Connor of Salt Lake City, UT and Eileen O'Connor of Hampton, Chris O'Connor, III (Colleen) of Yorktown, Michael "Mickey" O'Connor (Laura) Yorktown, Dennis O'Connor (Joseph Lennon) New York and Kevin O'Connor (Lisa) of St Petersburg, FL; three sisters, Dr. Helen Hazuda of San Antonio, TX, Mary Hazuda of Carrollton, TX and Mary Elaine Webster (John) Olympia, WA. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chris O'Connor, IV (Beth) of Burke, VA, Colin O'Connor (Liz) of Sterling Heights, MI, Kathryn Ford (Ryan) of Yorktown, Laura Elizabeth O'Connor of Yorktown, Mary O'Connor of Virginia Beach, Max Ririe, Erik Ririe (Tiana) and Alex Ririe all of Salt Lake City, and Maris Johannsen (Jessica Kubiseck) St. Petersburg, FL and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dolores and Alex Hazuda, and brother Alex Hazuda, Jr.

A Rosary service will be held on Tuesday at 5:00 PM in Amory Funeral Home Chapel after which the family will receive friends following the service. A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM in St Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published in Express-News on Feb. 18, 2021.
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February 17, 2021
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
February 16, 2021
My deepest heart felt condolences to your family at this time. Love, Selena Miller
Selena Miller
February 15, 2021
So sorry to read of the passing of your wife and mother. She was well-known throughout the Colonial Acres neighborhood and I have warm memories of her hospitality from my days at Kecoughtan with Dennis and Mary Jane. May God comfort you in your grief. I hope that happy memories will get you through. Dennis, if you feel like emailing sometime, I am on the staff page at Kecoughtan. Praying for you all.
Sally Lewis
February 14, 2021
What a wonderful friend and faithful Catholic! We enjoyed knowing both Ann and Chris during our 30 years of living in Hampton, VA. She will certainly be missed by Chris and family but all heaven is singing "alleluia" because Ann has come home!
With our thoughts & prayers, Madge and Chuck Diaz, Spring, TX.
Madelon Diaz
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