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Joanne P. (Rowan) O'Connor(1931 - 2013)

O'Connor, Joanne P. (nee Rowan), 81, a resident of Brighton Gardens in Wheaton, IL, formerly of Naperville, IL and Daytona Beach Shores, FL, died Sunday, March 24, 2013 at her home.She was born December 5, 1931 in East Chicago, IN. Beloved wife of almost 58 years to Donald J. O'Connor, whom she married June 4, 1955; loving mother of Rosemary (William) Buesing of Woodridge, IL, John (Teresa) O'Connor of San Diego, CA, Joseph (Laura) O'Connor of Naperville, IL and Teresa (Kenneth) Potuznik of Cave Creek, AZ; adored grandmother of Matthew, Lyndsey and William Buesing, Colleen, Michael, Steven and Dana O'Connor, Shannon and Erin O'Connor, Travis Potuznik; devoted daughter of the late Pierce and Anne Rowan; fond aunt of many. Joanne graduated with a B.A. in Journalism/English from St. Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, IN. She worked as a journalist for the Southtown Economist and Hammond (IN) Times and later as an Information Specialist and Community Relations Coordinator with the City Manager's Office for the City of Naperville. Joanne was a former member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Naperville. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and spending time at the beach when she lived in Florida. Joanne will be remembered for her zest for life. Memorial Visitation Friday, March 29, 2:00-5:00 P.M. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 44 S. Mill Street, Naperville. Memorial services will follow Friday, 5:00 P.M. in the funeral home. Family and friends will meet Saturday, March 30, 10:00 A.M. in the chapel at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton, IL for committal services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to: , 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL, 60631, (847) 933-2413, www.alz.org. For online condolences or to share a memory, visit www.friedrich-jones.com or call (630)355-0213.
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Published in Naperville Sun on Mar. 27, 2013
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