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The statue of Jeanne d'Arc that was on the grounds of Jeanne d'Arc Academy, Ann O'Connor's high sch. “To the O'Connor family, as the administrator of the Facebook Jeanne d'Arc Academy alum group I want to offer my condolences on the passing of your...Read More »
1 of 54 | Posted by: Daniel White - Duxbury, MA

“Condolences to the entire O'Connor family. ”
2 of 54 | Posted by: Kevin Cloherty - Friend

“Pat and Brien and entire O'Connor family. Lisa and I send prayers and our deepest condolences.I have such fond memories of your mom and dad, they...Read More »
3 of 54 | Posted by: Jon and Lisa Eddy - SHREWSBURY, MA

“Dear O'Connor Family, On behalf of the Dumphy Family of Shrewsbury...we wish to extend our condolences to all of you. We have such wonderful...Read More »
4 of 54 | Posted by: Mary Dumphy_Naples - Kennebunk, ME

“Our deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of your beloved Mother Ann. I have fond memories of your Mom and the entire O' that...Read More »
5 of 54 | Posted by: Marie Landino - Woburn, MA

“Much love to all of the O'Connors! I have such fond memories sitting at the kitchen table with Mrs. O'Connor in both happy and difficult times in my...Read More »
6 of 54 | Posted by: Cristina Lucchese Scharnberg - VT

“To the O'Conner family,So sorry fir your loss of your beautiful mom. She was so good to my mom when she was sick. I plant flowers at the family...Read More »
7 of 54 | Posted by: Elaine Vadenais - Shrewsbury, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the O'Connor family from the Harlow family. I always will remember Ann as a very kind woman. I used to see her frequently...Read More »
8 of 54 | Posted by: Suzanne Greason Harlow - MA

“Ann was such a beautiful, loving woman. How. Blessed your family was! Our sincere sympathy to you all. ”
9 of 54 | Posted by: Paula & Jim Buonomo - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear Maureen and family- I am saddened by the loss of a good neighbor and a special friend to me and my family. Anne always was so beautiful in all...Read More »
10 of 54 | Posted by: Helen Bush-Brown - So. Yarmouth, MA

“I want to extend my sympathy to all the O'Connor family regarding the passing of Mrs. O'Connor. But I am happy that she is able to fully realize the...Read More »
11 of 54 | Posted by: Patricia Sweeney - East Chatham, NY

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a friend that I shall always remember.Mrs. Polselli ”
12 of 54 | Posted by: Claudene Polselli - North Grafton, MA

“What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady! We were very saddened to hear about the loss of your mom. Ann was one of the first neighbors we met...Read More »
13 of 54 | Posted by: Cindy Ferguson - Shrewsbury, MA

“So very sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a special lady inside and out. Always with a smile on her face whenever we met .May your wonderful...Read More »
14 of 54 | Posted by: Susan Collins - Shrewsbury, MA

“Sending love to all of the O'Connor family. I loved your Mom so much, we all did. She was a great example of living life to the fullest! Too many...Read More »
15 of 54 | Posted by: Ann Marie Pelosky Poncet

“It was a joy to know Ann. She was an inspiring person and we are grateful for her life. ”
16 of 54 | Posted by: Eileen and Michael Birch - MA

“May God bless you during this difficult time. ”
17 of 54 | Posted by: Ann Durkin - Brunswick, ME

“The presence of ANN always enriched a gathering and the beauty of her life was truly a powerful witness of faith. She added so much to any endeavor...Read More »
18 of 54 | Posted by: FR. PAUL OCONNELL - MA

“Such fond memories of your lovely Mom...such a beautiful person...with all my love.Susan Podbielski Fleck ”
19 of 54 | Posted by: susan fleck - woodstock, CT

“Kathy and I would like to say how blessed and honored we feel to have known and be able to call Ann our friend. Ann's life was an example to all of...Read More »
20 of 54 | Posted by: Ron & Kathy Thompson - Shrewsbury, MA

“Dear O'Connor Family. So sorry for your loss. I was in Maureen's Class at St Mary's and later at the high school. I do remember the wraparound...Read More »
21 of 54 | Posted by: Susan (Patchell) Michaud - MA

“So sorry for your loss. I always spoke to your mom at Notre Dame when I went to visit my mom ( the other Ann!) Such a nice lady.She will be missed....Read More »
22 of 54 | Posted by: A friend

“RIP ”
23 of 54 | Posted by: Michelle Plakas-Kaiser

“I have fond memories of Ann visiting our store over many years.Her presence and love was not only coveted by her extensive family but also by those...Read More »
24 of 54 | Posted by: Pam Mondello - Northboro, MA

25 of 54 | Posted by: Pam Mondello - Northboro, MA

“Ann, Hannah, Allie, Margaret and Sophia, I am so sorry for your loss. ”
26 of 54 | Posted by: A friend

“Ellen and familySorry on the loss of your mother. May she Rest In Peace. ”
27 of 54 | Posted by: Lisa & Jim Birnie

“My sincere sympathy to you Ann. Take care, Judy Russo ”
28 of 54 | Posted by: Judy - Friend

“Our hearts are saddened at the passing of Ann. We remember Ann through our time in Shrewsbury and St Mary's RCIA which Ann and Frank so generously...Read More »
29 of 54 | Posted by: Jim & Lisa Hassett - Auburndale, FL

“Ann O'Connor was a very good friend to my mother, Mary Jane; especially after Dad passed away. I would see her every once in a while when dropping...Read More »
30 of 54 | Posted by: Eileen O'Neil - Charlton, MA

“I'm so sorry, O'Connor family. That's about all I can say right now. She was a wonderful woman. ”
31 of 54 | Posted by: Jamie Utzschneider

“My deepest condolences to the O'Connor Family. I am saddened by your loss. Ann was my special friend and I so much enjoyed our times in conversation...Read More »
32 of 54 | Posted by: Bradford Carroll - Shrewsbury, MA

“My sincere sympathy to all,Ann was my companion at morning Mass. One of my favorite women who was kind and very spiritual. i am so sorry for your...Read More »
33 of 54 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to you all. I am very sad to see that Ann has passed. She was an amazing woman and you all were lucky to have her in your life. I...Read More »
34 of 54 | Posted by: Beth Davison - Northborough, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the entire O'ConnorFamily in the loss of a very special lady who has left a legacy of faith, hope and love that has warmed...Read More »
35 of 54 | Posted by: Annmarie Quinlivan - Shrewsbury, MA

“To the O'Connor Family So sorry your mother,Ann, died this past week. Your family and the St.Mary's and Shrewsbury community has lost a great person...Read More »
36 of 54 | Posted by: Joan Cronin - Shrewsbury, MA

“Thinking of all of you. Your mom had a beautiful way of making everyone feel so special. She will be missed. ”
37 of 54 | Posted by: Jeanne Holian - Cheshire, CT

“We will miss Mrs. O'Connor's smiling face at Sherwood. Please extend our deepest condolences to the entire O'Connor family. Sincerely, Vito and...Read More »
38 of 54 | Posted by: A friend

“Please accept my sympathy on Anne's passing. I have known Anne for many years; she even wallpapered my living and dining rooms with Alice Brennan.She...Read More »
39 of 54 | Posted by: Maryanne Damico

“Thank you Mrs.O for all the love and kindness you gave to me and my family.We will never forget how you and Frank were so kind to us during my own...Read More »
40 of 54 | Posted by: paul smith - Southborough, MA

“Ann and all the Family,I was so sorry to learn of your loss of your mom. What a mother and father you had! Both now born to Eternal Life and Love in...Read More »
41 of 54 | Posted by: Jim Cosgrove - Worcester, MA

“Pat,Brien and Family,I was saddened to read of your Mom's passing.Time spent with your Mom,and Dad were without equal.How many cumulative miles...Read More »
42 of 54 | Posted by: A friend

“to the family, you were very blessed to have a mother that glowed with love.i will miss our little talks, she was a shining star. ”
43 of 54 | Posted by: ed pescaro - shrewsbury, MA

“Mrs.OConner was truly an inspiration to me. The fondest memories I have as a teenager is being at your home on Prospect St. Later in life I was with...Read More »
44 of 54 | Posted by: Gina Joubert - Shrewsbury, MA

“To the OConnor family: My sincere condolences. Your Mom was one of the greatest of all time. She was so kind and caring, and always had a smile to...Read More »
45 of 54 | Posted by: John Metzger - West Palm Beach, FL

“My condolences to the entire O'Connor family on the loss of your Mom. She was such a light in the community. I would see her from time to time on...Read More »
46 of 54 | Posted by: Betty McGinnis - Sedona, AZ

“Dear Maureen and family my heart goes out to you. Anne was a wonderful friend.I am saddened by the loss.Sincerly0 ”
47 of 54 | Posted by: Helen BUSH-BROWN - SO YARMOUTH, MA

“She was a great woman who everyone loved and admired. Her Catholic faith inspired all of us to live a Christian life. Her family is a reflection of...Read More »
48 of 54 | Posted by: Peter Blute - Shrewsbury, MA

“All the neighbors on Prospect Street were thinking of your Mother and Grandmother today while she was being laid to rest. She will always live in our...Read More »
49 of 54 | Posted by: Allison, Susan, and Phoebe Berkeley - MA

“Our prayers and condolences extended to the entire O'Connor family, May Ann rest now with Frank together in the Peace of Christ. Well done, good and...Read More »
50 of 54 | Posted by: John and Suzanne Blute - OH

“So very sorry for your loss. She was a lovely woman who leaves quite a legacy in her beautiful family. Thinking of you all with sympathy. ”
51 of 54 | Posted by: Beth Casavant - Shrewsbury, MA

“Our family is so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman and neighbor. We all have been blessed to have known her. ”
52 of 54 | Posted by: Barbara Bush-Brown Kern - MA

“What a beautiful tribute to your mother . What a beautiful life well lived and what a legacy she leaves behind . I am certain she is in the palm of...Read More »
53 of 54 | Posted by: Claire O'Brien - Auburn, MA

“Dear Ann's family,I was heartbroken when I learned about the loss of your mom. I met Ann and knew her during the time she lived at Notre Dame. I...Read More »
54 of 54 | Posted by: Monica Gow - Worcester, MA

Shrewsbury - On Saturday, May 9th, Ann E. O'Connor, also affectionately known as 'Nan,' was laid to rest in Mountain View Cemetery in Shrewsbury, next to her beloved husband, Frank, known to many as 'Papa.' In a note to her daughter, Jane, Ann had once written, 'I wish you joy realized in the life you give: Happy Mother's Day! And thanks for your beautiful words, spoken and lived.' Ann offered her life joyfully as a gift to all. When she died on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, her heart was full of memories of a life made joyful by sharing grace with others. Amazing grace given is amazing grace received!

Born in Boston on August 12, 1933, Ann was the daughter of George and Anna (Lydon) O'Brien. She grew up in Saint Mark's Parish in Dorchester and graduated as class valedictorian from the former Jeanne d'Arc Academy in Milton. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Regis College in 1954. That summer, at the invitation of a mutual friend, she met Belmont native Francis P. O'Connor on Cape Cod, and they married on September 10, 1955. In June 1962, after living for a time in Medford and Grafton, they made Shrewsbury their home.

Frank, who became a long-time Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court after serving on the Superior Court, was Ann's beloved husband and best friend. Ann and Frank partnered throughout life and grew ever closer in love. They faced many challenges together, including Frank's Alzheimer's disease. Ann loved and cared for Frank until his death in 2007. Now they are rejoined for eternity!

Ann and Frank's life revolved around their ten children. Ann loved and valued the great outdoors and fostered in her kids a love of sports and outside activities of all kinds. She insisted that her kids play outside until dusk, when she would use a cowbell to summon them home. In the summer, she would pack lunches and towels and as many kids as possible into the station wagon to go swimming at Sewall Pond, in the woods of Boylston. Camping trips were the highlight of the summer! The pop-up trailer was filled with food in boxes and clothes in clear plastic bags, and the family headed north to the woods of northern New England and Canada. Nan would lead the chorus in song: 'He's got the Whole World in His Hands' with the name of grandparents and every neighbor on Prospect Street plugged into each new verse, stopping only when they pulled into the campground and set up camp.

Ann was a devoted and engaged parishioner at St. Mary's Church. She supported the parish school, which all of her children attended, in countless ways. She served on the Parish Council, brought Communion to the sick, and planned and assisted with events of all kinds, collaborating actively with priests and fellow parishioners to build the community that served as her second home. She loved to attend retreats led by the Passionist Fathers at the former Calvary Retreat House and was a member of the Cursillo Movement. She and Frank also served the Diocese of Worcester in several capacities, giving as they received, by spearheading the Family Life Apostolate and preparing couples for marriage.

Ann had her own way with words! She would rise to her feet at celebrations to proclaim generous messages in rich poetic phrases, never using a short word when a long one would do. Even when a particular word choice was unconventional, her message of love and support was clear.

Ann made each family member and friend feel welcomed at 56 Prospect Street. The large wrap-around porch there provided many with a haven for sharing joys and sorrows. Everyone knew that the key was in the mailbox! Dinner was served in more than one seating to welcome guests or accommodate kids' athletic events. Sundays were a day of rest for Mass and family only. The tennis court in the backyard, dubbed the "Sudden Debt Tennis Club," was a place for players of all ages to gather and the location each Labor Day weekend of a tournament to raise funds for Mass Citizens For Life, a cause profoundly close to their hearts.

After Frank died, Ann walked every day on the quiet paths of Mountain View Cemetery, where she often sported a t-shirt that read "All who wander are not lost." Though she may have wandered, she was never lost! The bookshelves at her home were filled with guidance from her favorite spiritual authors, and she shared them bountifully. Wherever located, her home was warm and purposeful and filled with life in all its complexities. Her Bose radio played round-the-clock classical music to keep her company while she read Henri Nouwen, James Martin SJ, and the Community Advocate. Like her mother, she never left her rosary beads out of reach, praying for any and all in need.

In addition to Frank, her parents, and his parents, Ann has joined her brothers John L. and George E. O'Brien and sisters-in-law Joan and Mary Frances O'Connor in heaven.

Ann leaves ten children: Kathleen A. O'Connor (Thomas Kelly) of Brunswick, Maine, F. Patrick O'Connor Jr. (Elisa) of East Falmouth, Brien T. O'Connor (Susan) of West Newton, and Maureen T. Chamberlain (Richard), Ellen M. O'Connor (Michael Haire), Ann E. O'Connor, Jane O'Connor Lizotte (David), Joyce O'Connor Davidson (Andrew), Thomas J. O'Connor (Leigh) of Shrewsbury and Matthew P. O'Connor (Susan), of Pacific Palisades, California; 31 loving grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and two close friends, Jennifer Granquist and Sue Chaput Bauer, who lived with the family for years and rounded Nan's bunch to a dozen; her sister-in-law, Carlotta O'Brien of Winchester; three nieces and a nephew.

Given these extraordinary times, services were held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.

Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home.