1932 – 2015
Miriam (Scheffel) O’Connell, 83, of Sabin Landing Putnam, CT died peacefully Monday, September 21, 2015. She was the loving wife of the late William C. O’Connell. Born in Glendale, NY, she was the daughter of the late Vincent A. Scheffel and Elizabeth Frauendorf Scheffel. After her mother died, her father, devoted aunt Christina Green and stepmother Ellanor Scheffel raised her.
A New Yorker at heart and a New Englander over time, Miriam was a stellar student who went on to work as an Executive Assistant at the New York Telephone Company. She loved her home and beautiful yard on Timberlee Lane in Westford, Massachusetts where she raised their family. Miriam worked as an assistant to the librarian at Westford Academy. She was also a proud member of the Westford Senior Center where she organized outings and kept the books. She enjoyed reading, gardening and watching the daily mass on EWTN. She was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
Her family was her passion. Miriam was the devoted wife of 40 years to William C. O’Connell and loving mother to Elizabeth O’Connell and fiancée Riad Miah and Kathleen O’Connell Johnson and her husband Jay D. Johnson. She was grandmother to Jill and Allan MacQuarrie and Jayme Johnson and great grandmother to Jessica, Jenna, Julia and Jaynie. Her siblings Kenneth and Mae predeceased her.
The O’Connell family is extremely grateful to her many loving caregivers and friends. Elegant and dignified always, she will be profoundly missed by all who knew her.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday September 26, 2015 at Most Holy Trinity Church, 568 Pomfret Road, Pomfret, CT. Burial will be at 10:00am on Monday, September 28, 2015 where she will join her cherished husband at St. Catherine Cemetery, Pine Ridge Rd., Westford, MA. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the following organizations: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Miriam O’Connell to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or viawww.jimmyfund.org/gift. Or to: The Friends of the Cameron Senior Center in memory of Miriam O’Connell at Westford Senior Center, PO Box 2223, Westford, MA 01886. Or to: Eternal Word Television Network,5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL, 35210 where Mrs. O’Connell watched their daily Mass. Please share thoughts and intentions in the memorial guestbook at www.GilmanAndValade.com