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Helen Rose O'Connell

June 22, 1935 September 13, 2021
Helen Rose O'Connell
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Obituary for Helen Rose O'Connell

Peoria-Helen Rose (Engel) O’Connell, 86, of Peoria, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, surrounded by family at her home after battling cancer.
She was born on June 22, 1935, in New Blaine, AR., the daughter of William Engel and Johanna (Anhalt) Engel. She married William J. O’Connell of Kewanee on Jan. 26, 1957, in New Blaine, AR. She wore a Chantilly lace wedding dress that was the talk of the town. From there they settled in Peoria where they made a home for their family.
She is survived by five children, Kelly (Dan) Kennelly of Littleton, CO., Thomas (Linda) O'Connell of Western Springs, IL, Timothy O'Connell of Peoria, IL., Molly (George) Phoenix of Vernon Hills, IL., and David (Kristi) O'Connell of Gold River, CA. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in her death by her parents, her husband Bill and her infant son, William Francis O'Connell; one brother James Engel and one sister Jeanette Martorana.
Helen grew up on a farm in Arkansas where she learned the value of hard work, a quality she passed on to her children. Wherever she decided to work she would always become a treasured employee. She never lost her love for the farm as she was an avid gardener (and canner) and enjoyed frequenting the area farmer’s markets. She was also a lover of animals. There wasn’t a pet that she didn’t enjoy with her children
She was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Bernard’s Parish. Her faith, honesty and charitable works were extremely important to her, and she was respected by all who knew her.
Helen Rose was proud of her German ancestry. Both her mother and father were of German heritage. In the community where she was raised, many could trace their roots to Germany. After leaving Arkansas she enjoyed celebrating her nationality at events sponsored by the German American Society of Peoria.
The St. Louis Cardinals held a special place in her heart. As a baseball fan, she enjoyed watching her beloved team with her family until Dish Network pulled the plug on her. She was also an avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10:00 AM until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at St. Bernard Catholic Church. Father Eric Bolek will officiate and burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials in Helen’s memory may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church or St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

18

Sep

10:00 AM 9/18/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/18/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church

509 E Kansas
Peoria, IL 61603

St. Bernard Catholic Church
509 E Kansas Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

18

Sep

11:00 AM 9/18/2021 11:00:00 AM
St. Bernard Catholic Church

509 E Kansas
Peoria, IL 61603

St. Bernard Catholic Church
509 E Kansas Peoria 61603 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States
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