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Virginia O'Connell

Virginia Marie O'Connell (Collier)

Tuesday, August 13th, 1929 - Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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Obituary

Virginia Marie (Collier) O’Connell, of Meredith, passed away March 17, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by all five children, knowing how much she was loved and adored.

She was born in Boston, MA to Chester F. and Mary Louise Collier on August 13, 1929. After graduating from Hyde Park High School, Virginia attended secretarial school then worked for New England Telephone. She was promoted to management before taking a short time off to raise her family. Virginia met the love of her life, John D O’Connell, at the Campion Club where their faith, friends, and love for dancing were shared. They were married in 1960 and raised their children in Winthrop Mass. She was a Parishioner of St John the Evangelist Catholic Church and served as a board member for the Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club. She returned to work in the mid-seventies and enjoyed her many friendships, and lunch time shopping trips. She could navigate through the city in heels at the speed of a Boston Marathoner.

In 1986, Virginia retired and moved full time to Meredith, NH. She had summered at the lake cabin since her teens and there was now no view she enjoyed more than watching her family on Lake Waukewan. She also took up golf and enjoyed her next chapter with great friends at Oak Hill Golf Course and winters in Newport Richey, Fl.

She was predeceased too soon by her husband, John, in 1979, her beloved son-in-law, Christopher V. Swanson in 2002, her brother, Chet Collier in 2007, her dear cousin, Norman Collier in 2010 and her longtime companion, Domenic Marino in 2014.

She will forever be missed and loved by her children and grandchildren:
John and Robin O’Connell and their children Amanda Kathleen, Michael John, and David Joseph of Richmond VA. Mary and Peter Lewis and their son Greg of Nashua. Kevin and Debra O’Connell and their children Kevin Joseph Jr. and Robert Daniel of Chelmsford MA. Kathleen Swanson and her children Zachary John and Elijah Christopher of Meredith NH. Patricia and Douglas Maxham and their children, Avery Virginia, Sarah O’Connell, Meredith Anne and Grace Collier of St John’s FL.
She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Ann Collier, of Rockport MA and cousin, Marie Collier of Holbrook MA. She leaves many nieces, nephews and great friends whose visits and calls she loved and appreciated so much, especially these past few years.

“Virginia’s Family would like to thank Dr Crosby and the CVNA Hospice staff for their excellent care and compassion”

The family will hold a private burial in Winthrop and will follow with a Celebration of Life at her long- time parish, St Charles Borromeo at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Interlakes Community Caregivers, 72 Whittier Highway, Moultonborough, NH. 03254, would be appreciated during this time.
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    Winthrop Cemetery
    Address
    100 Kennedy Drive
    Winthrop, MA 02152
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Gerri Simons

Posted at 03:49pm
I remember so many fun times with Ginny. Going camping, birthday parties, John Hancock Family Days and summers in Meredith. She always treated my mom and I not just friends but as members of her family. Always full of laughter, love and light.
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Eloise Flack

Posted at 02:26pm
Trish, Doug, Girls and the entire family: I had the pleasure of meeting Virginia in several occasions when she stayed with Trish and family. She loved the hectic life they had and was in awe at the constant pile of laundry! She loved her time here and being doted on by her sweet daughter, Trish. The girls loved their grandmother and she will be missed so much by them. May God give you all the strength to get through her loss and may you smile at all the happy memories you all made with her.
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