McConnell, Tricia L. 26 years old, passed away unexpectedly July 7, 2013. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, September 9, 1986, where she attended Asbury Elementary School and Walnut Creek Middle School. Her family moved to Oswego, Illinois in 2001. She was a 2005 graduate of Oswego High School. Tricia's great loves were singing, dancing, and acting. She excelled as a captivating performer in the Oswego High School theater program, where she was also a beloved member of the competitive show choir group, "Commotion." In 2009 she graduated summa cum laude from Millikin University with a dual degree in Communication and Theater. She graced the stage of the Hip Hop Dance Troupe, and embraced her summers performing song and dance at Cedar Point and Valley Fair Amusement Parks. Additionally, she performed with Naperville Somerfest Theater, and was cast as an extra on the Fox Series, 'Mob Doctor', and NBC Series 'Chicago Fire'. Most recently, she found a fulfilling career with her second family at US Health Advisors. Tricia was happiest while performing. She was a beautiful, talented young lady who "left the stage in the middle of a song". Her grandfather, Warren Edward McConnell; grandfather, William S. Bules; and grandmother, Alice M. Bules, precede her in death. She is survived by her parents, Bruce and Beverly; her brother, Christopher; her sister, Kelly; as well as grandparents, Edna and Clyde Walker and Peggy Bules; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Tricia is sadly missed, and her untimely death leaves a void in all of our hearts. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 13, at Oswego Presbyterian Church, 1976 Route 25,Oswego, Illinois 60543. Visitation will be held from 1pm-4pm with a service beginning at 4pm. Additional details regarding services in Erie, Pennsylvania will be given at a future date. In lieu of flowers, at this time, donations may be made to the family care of Oswego Presbyterian Church and will be disbursed to a charity or organization to be determined at a later time.
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Published in Beacon News on July 12, 2013