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Geraldine (O'Connor) McConnell
May 20, 2020
Geraldine (O'Connor) McConnell, the loving wife of Bay Area broadcaster Joe McConnell, died on May 20th after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 62.  Geraldine was born in Los Angeles to Jack and Jane (Jenny) O'Connor, who were both natives of Cork City, Ireland.   She spent her toddler years in Los Angeles before the O'Connor family moved to South San Francisco.  She attended St. Veronica's elementary school, graduated from Mercy High School in Burlingame, Class of 1976, and attended City College of San Mateo.  Geraldine had a successful career in both media and government, starting as a radio reporter for KVON/KVYN in Napa, where she and Joe met.  She also excelled as a street reporter for San Francisco stations KGO, KNBR and K101 before transitioning to working for several Bay Area elected officials, including then-Assemblywoman Jackie Speier, former state Senator Quentin Kopp, the late Congressman Tom Lantos and former Assemblyman Gene Mullin.  She also worked in government affairs for biotech giant Genentech.  Geraldine and Joe married in 1990 in St. Helena and lived for nearly 20-years in Burlingame before moving to Sonoma in 2012, surrounded by friends in a community they love.  Geraldine had many close friends and was widely known for her charm, wit, wisdom, kindness, generosity and integrity.  She had great passion and energy and she is fondly remembered as a raconteur with a big, infectious laugh.  The world has lost one of its brightest lights.  A celebration of her life will be planned when large gatherings are possible again. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charities listed on this memorial tribute webpage:

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 23 to May 25, 2020.
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June 5, 2020
We were robbed of a very special person, who left this earth way too soon! She was a stoic warrior as she silently and privately battled cancer with grace and dignity. I loved Geraldine like a sister and she will not be forgotten. She was a mentor for much of my life and her love and support helped make me a better person.

When my father died, she single handedly came to the house prior to guests arriving to brighten up the yard by planting dozens and dozens of beautiful bold colorful flowers...she created a ray of sunshine for all of us during such a dark time and it was a true gift.

I was so impressed with how stunning her and Joes wedding was, I asked for help with my own wedding and she went above and beyond. My wedding could not have been better and more memorable. Geraldine planned everything from the venue and music to the food and the flowers. Once again, she did all the flower arrangements herself for the church and all of its pews and alter and the 50+ tables at the venue. Geraldine would not accept a dime no matter what.

She has always been a caring, generous and thoughtful person and she will be missed. My hope is that she is in a better place and will be internally at peace with love and light all around.
Peri Corsiglia
May 30, 2020
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May 27, 2020
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Kathleen Campbell
May 26, 2020
Geraldine was a gift to those of us doing work in our community. Her spirit, intellect, humor, and kindness was a beacon guiding us to positive contributions. You could hear her laugh across a room and knew she was lifting spirits of those around her. Geraldine worked hard, spoke truth to power, and gave so much to all who knew her. My heartfelt condolences go out to Joe. We have lost another good one...
Shelley Kessler
May 25, 2020
Oh no. This is terrible. I am so sad. Geraldine was my client. A great client, a wonderful woman. Together we battled a powerful corporation and a legendary defense attorney for a very noble cause.
Geraldine was the epitome of grace, courage and righteousness.
Just shattered.
Joe, you and Geraldine are in my prayers.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
David Secrest
May 25, 2020
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Kevin Armstead
May 25, 2020
Geraldine was a person we cant forget once you met her. Her greetings were right up to you with that warm smile and great laugh.
She knew everyone and had bits of information I was always interested in.
She is certainly a person who left an impression.
So sad, my condolences to you Joe.
Madolyn Agrimonti
May 25, 2020
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May 23, 2020
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