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Sr. Elizabeth O'Connor SNDdeN

February 04, 1921 - October 06, 2023


Obituary For Sr. Elizabeth O'Connor SNDdeN

Sister Elizabeth O’Connor, SNDdeN, 102, born Mary Theresa O'Connor, went peacefully home to her good God on October 6, 2023, at the Saint Julie Billiart Residential Care Center in Ipswich, MA. She was born Mary Theresa O’Connor in Lawrence, MA, to parents, John and Elizabeth. Sr. Elizabeth entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on August 7, 1938, making her First Vows in 1941 and Perpetual Vows in 1946.

Sr. Elizabeth graduated from St. Mary High School in Lawrence. She earned her BA in Education from Emmanuel College, Boston.

Sr. Elizabeth was a beloved first grade teacher who taught in Notre Dame schools in three states: Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

She taught in Massachusetts at St. Patrick, Lowell; Our Lady of the Presentation, Brighton; St. James, Salem; St. Mary, Waltham; St. Charles, Woburn and St. Mary, Danvers. She also taught at St. Michael in Exeter, NH and St. Justin in Hartford, CT.

Sr. Elizabeth was also a Pastoral Minister at St. Margaret, Beverly Farms, MA for 22 years.

Sr. Elizabeth will be remembered as a person who lovingly reached out to many friends, family members, the staff at SJB, Notre Dame Associates and to her sisters in the community. Sr. Elizabeth was truly beloved. In her retirement years Sr. Elizabeth put many jig saw puzzles together that were truly works of art.

Sr. Elizabeth is survived by many nieces and nephews, faithful friends, the devoted staff at SJB and the Associates and Sisters of Notre Dame. She was predeceased by her siblings, Rev. Frank O’Connor, Rev. Joseph O’Connor, Rita O’Connor, Betty Mckenna, Marguerite Noonan, Helen Flynn, and John O’Connor

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 13 at 11:00 am at Our Lady Queen Chapel in Ipswich, MA, preceded by a wake service at 9:30 am and sharing of memories in the chapel. Burial will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 351 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149.

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  • 10/17/2023

    I had the privilege of serving with Sister at both St Mary's in Beverly and St Margaret's in Beverly Farms ,she was a gracious woman of great faith . Sister would reach out to me when she was in Hampton with family , a place she truly enjoyed ! Father Kevin M McGrade Hampton NH

  • 10/10/2023

    Our deepest sympathy to the O'Connor Family and the Sisters of Notre de Namur. I have many memories of the O'Connor Family from my father and grandmother (The Wheeler's) who lived next door to them on Bromfield Street in Lawrence. In later years, I had the opportunity to spend time with both Rita and Sr. Elizabeth on several occasions especially at the beach. There was always a story, a game or a good laugh to be had. Sr. Elizabeth was an incredibly kind and generous person who touched many lives. It was an honor and privilege to have known her and she will be missed. May the O'Connor Family and her SND Family find peace and comfort in the many happy memories she brought to all of those lucky enough to have known her. Sincerely, Mary Wheeler-Gosselin and Bryan

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