Patricia Ann (Harrity) O’Connor
LAKEVILLE — Patricia Ann (Harrity) O’Connor, 90, passed away peacefully on Nov. 13, 2021, at her home in Lakeville, surrounded by her family. Patricia was the loving wife of the late Owen Joseph O’Connor.
Patricia was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., daughter of the late Catherine (Craven)and Jeremiah Harrity.
After graduating from high school in Bayonne, N.J., Pat completed a dual degree in mathematics and political science from Notre Dame College, Staten Island, N.Y. She worked for the Atomic Energy Commission (the precursor to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission) in New York City during college, and after graduating, began a job with New York Life Insurance, where she ran the “machine room.” The machine room consisted of ENIAC computers, the first of their kind. It was at New York Life where she met her future husband, Owen “Gene” O’Connor.
Pat and Gene were married June 25, 1955. The couple settled in Bellerose, N.Y., and started a family of nine children, later moving to Garden City, N.Y., in 1969.
Upon Gene’s retirement from the NYPD in 1977, the family moved to the country in Salisbury.
When the youngest of their children were old enough, Pat went back to work as a bank teller at the National Iron Bank in Lakeville, where she enjoyed working until her retirement in 1995.
In 2000, she sold the property on Smith Hill and moved into town to enjoy retired life surrounded by her children and many grandchildren.
Pat’s greatest love was her family. From making baby blankets to after-school snacks, she loved every one of her grandchildren, many of whom would walk to “Grammy’s house” after school, getting help with homework in addition to snacks.
Pat created beautiful gardens wherever she lived and continued to correspond with people throughout her life the old-fashioned way, by sending thoughtful handwritten notes, often accompanied by a clipping of something she had read that she knew would be of interest.
She always welcomed reading a new book, making a new recipe, hearing about new adventures of her ever-growing family. Pat was famous in the St. Mary’s coffee circle for her Irish Soda Bread recipe.
Patricia is survived by her children, Martin O’Connor of Lakeville, Michael O’Connor and his wife, Patricia, of North Berwick, Maine, Eileen McGee and her husband, Myles, of East Hartford, William O’Connor of Geneva, Ill., John O’Connor and his wife, Lisa, of Unionville, Conn., Cathleen Reid of Lakeville, Kevin O’Connor and his wife, Vanessa, of Lakeville and Rory O’Connor of Lakeville; her grandchildren, Caroline, Owen, Anna, Christopher, Abigail, Timothy, Katherine, Jack, Jessica, Amanda, Connor, Michael, Amelia, Calvin, Rory Patrick, Sean, Emily, Molly, Eion, Mackenzie, Tyler, Quincy, Maddie and Chase; and her great-grandchildren, Nora, Maggie, June, Alice, Savannah and Zoey.
She was predeceased by a son, Timothy; and a great-grandson, Otto.
A celebration of life gathering was held at the Inn at Iron Masters in Lakeville on Nov. 22. Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (St. Martin of Tours) in Lakeville on Nov. 23, with burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Salisbury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Mary’s Cemetery of Salisbury, P.O. Box 897, North Canaan, CT 06018.
The Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon has care of the arrangements