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Sister Conall O'Connell

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
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Sister Conall O’Connell, 85, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, MN, died at Assisi Heights on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.

Helen Patricia O’Connell was born to John F. and Phoebe M. (McConnell) O’Connell on March 16, 1927 in Simpson, MN. Helen entered the Sisters of Saint Francis in 1944 from St. Bridget Parish, Simpson, and made profession of vows in 1947. Sister Conall received a BS degree in mathematics at the College of St. Teresa in 1964 and a MTS degree in Mathematics in 1970 from Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

Sister Conall served as an elementary and junior high educator and principal over a span of twenty-seven years. She taught in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Winona 1947-1974: St. Joseph School, Winona; St. Adrian School, Adrian; St. Mary School, Ellsworth; Sacred Heart School, Waseca; St. Mary School, Owatonna; Pacelli High School, Austin. She also served as principal at Sacred Heart School, Waseca, 1964-1966. Following her years of teaching in 1974 she served for five years in ministries at Assisi Heights. Sister Conall then moved to Vanceburg, KY, where she served as Outreach Coordinator and Pastoral Worker at Holy Redeemer Parish (1979-1987) and as the Director of Christian Community Center, Appalachian Apostolate, Inc. (1987-1998). She also provided direct service in a group home with Bear Creek Services (1999-2001). Sister Conall also served as an outreach volunteer in Whitesville, WV (2003-2007) until her retirement at Assisi Heights.

Sister Conall is survived by her Franciscan Sisters, with whom she shared life for sixty-eight years, and her siblings: Charles O’Connell, Boulder City, NE; Theresa Helgerson, Rochester, MN; Rosella Jech, Elgin, MN; Phoebe Whistler, Mesa, AZ and Marlene (Jerry) Towey, Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings: bothers: Walter, John, Nicholas, Clarence, Richard and Edward; sisters: Mary Margaret Bischoff, Elaine Stokes, Catherine Fitzgerald and Alice Fuhmeister.

A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday, February 5 at 11:00 o’clock in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights, Rochester. Friends may call at Assisi Heights for the Vigil Service at 6:30p.m. Monday, February 4, and before the time of the service on Tuesday.

Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Benefactor Relations at Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW – Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55901.

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