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Edna O’Connor 1937-2009

Mar 24, 2009

A Mass of Christian Burial for Edna O’Connor of Emmetsburg will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Burial is in St. John’s Cemetery.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 24, at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. A rosary will be said at 4 p.m. and a vigil service at 6:45 p.m.

On Saturday, March 21, 2009, Edna O’Connor, 71, passed away at Palo Alto County Hospital.

Edna Mae Schumacher was born July 11, 1937, the daughter of Lenoard and Mary (Bradley) Schumacher. She was a graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic High School. Edna began babysitting and cleaning homes early in life. She worked in several local restaurants including the Redwood Inn where she met her husband.

Edna was united in marriage to Edward O’Connor at St. Thomas Catholic Church on Aug. 16, 1958. The couple lived and raised their family in Emmetsburg. Edna worked for Sheakley Clothing; she spent 32 years at Wigdahl’s Hardware Store; and she worked at the Emmetsburg Catholic School’s hot lunch program for the past year.

Edna was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Royal Neighbors, Al-Anon. (over 35 years), N.A.M.I. of Iowa (32 years), and the Shady Ladies. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and quilting. Edna’s greatest enjoyment was making memories with her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Edward of Emmetsburg; children: Cynthia Rene Martin of Badger, Edward F. O’Connor, Jr. of Emmetsburg and Timothy O’Connor and wife, Kimberly of Buffalo Center; three sisters: Alice Weinzetl and husband, Clarence of Mallard, Therese Buryaneck and husband, Leonard of Westfield, and Karen Zylstra and husband, Sid of Emmetsburg; two brothers: Ken Schumacher and wife, Linda of Perry, and Gene Schumacher and wife, Marilyn of Jolliet, IL; and six grandchildren: Felicia, Anthony and Trevor Martin and Kayla, Ashley and Lucas O’Connor.

Edna O’Connor was preceded in death by her son, Maurice Leonard O’Connor; three sisters: Elizabeth Olsen, Connie Seliga and Mary Meissner; and two brothers: Michael and Leonard Schumacher, Jr.

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