Veronica O'Connell

Obituary of Veronica M. O'Connell

O'CONNELL‐‐Veronica M. (Bonnie) (nee O’Connor) on March 17th, 2021. Predeceased by her beloved husband, Daniel. Cherished mother of Mary Jane O'Connell. Predeceased by her beloved parents, James and Jane, sisters and brothers, Marjorie, James, Loretta and Eugene. Beloved aunt to many loving nieces and nephews. Reposing at Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, 899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers on Friday, March 19th from 4-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, 9:30am at St. Barnabas Church. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Bonnie lived her 102 years to the fullest and touched so many lives in the process. She was imbued with an abiding love for her rich Irish heritage from her parents who emigrated from Sligo and Roscommon in the first decade of the 1900s and that she shared with her beloved brothers and sisters. Anyone who knew Bonnie knew of her passion for Irish step dancing and the happiest years of her young life spent dancing in St. Patrick’s seasonal parish affairs throughout the Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester and in feiseanna throughout the year, winning a prize in the first New York City feis in 1927. She and her sister, Margie, as the O’Connor Sisters, along with her lifelong dear friends, the Barren, McMahon and Curry sisters, shared billing in some of the parish events with performers such as Morton Downey and Eugene McNulty, who later rose to fame as singer, Dennis Day. Bonnie was a devoted and loving mother to her only daughter, Mary Jane, and a second mother to all her nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. She deeply appreciated living in Woodlawn together with her husband of over 70 years, Daniel, and the wonderful neighbors they met there. Bonnie had a love of laughter, Irish music, family, friends and chocolate and welcomed all into her presence. She greatly enjoyed the fun of her uncanny gift for reading tea leaves sought after for many a gathering. She had a profound sense of fairness and equality and it was easy to understand that no one walked away from Bonnie O’Connell without knowing what was on her mind. She had a wonderful sense of humor and warmth and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. With everyone’s health and NY regulations in mind, the number of visitors must be monitored. Mourners will be asked to be patient and must prepare to wait outside the building. Visitors will be cycled through while practicing social distancing so that all may have the chance to pay their respects. Please remember, the sick, elderly and those with compromised health, should avoid public settings Viewing will be held on Friday, March 19th, 2021 from 4:00 - 9:00 P.M. in Hodder Farenga Funeral Home, 899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held. Our Parishes are also practicing recommended guidelines, limiting the number of people that may gather in church. Seating for family will be designated, and friends will be allowed in as room permits, however, this will be limited. If you would like to attend the Funeral Mass, please understand that seating cannot be guaranteed and you should be prepared to observe from a distance. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 9:30 A.M. in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, NY 10470. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in remembrance of Veronica O’Connell to the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula, 330 Bedford Park Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458, https://www.amsu.org/donate, alma mater of Bonnie’s daughter, Mary Jane, and niece, Jeanne.
Friday
19
March

Viewing

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, March 19, 2021
Hodder Farenga Funeral Home
899 McLean Ave
Yonkers, New York, United States
(914) 237-5800
Saturday
20
March

Mass

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Saturday, March 20, 2021
St. Barnabas Church
4343 Martha Ave
Bronx, New York, United States
Saturday
20
March

Interment

11:15 am
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
10 W. stevens Ave
Hawthorne, New York, United States
(914) 769-3672
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