Nancy J. (Keating) O’Connell, 87, of Buzzards Bay passed away on December 29, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.
Nancy was raised in Northampton, MA, where she graduated from St. Michael’s High School. She was predeceased by her parents, Jeremiah and Agnes Keating, and her siblings.
Nancy met the love of her life, Richard A. O’Connell, in elementary school. The couple married in 1953 and were a model of devotion throughout their 66 years of marriage.
Nancy worked as a phone operator and, later, as a homemaker. She and Richard lived briefly in New Jersey before moving to Natick and then later to Avon, CT. They retired to Cape Cod in 1994, living in Harwich before residing at Southport of Cape Cod in Mashpee and, more recently, at Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay.
She was a wonderful cook and hostess. So many recipes passed on to her children are still shared at family dinners and parties (Broccoli Nancy!). Her family will fondly remember sitting on the porch each night enjoying a glass of wine, cheese and crackers and talking and laughing with “Mom and Dad.” She was a member of the Mothers of Twins Club, the Harwich Garden Club, and Sodality at various churches, and she volunteered at Holy Trinity Thrift Shop in Harwich. Nancy was an avid traveler, particularly to Europe, Australia, and the United States. She would return from her trips with many photographs and stories that she enjoyed sharing with family and friends. She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, working in her garden, and spending time at the beach with her grandchildren. Most recently, she discovered she had a hidden talent for bocce.
Nancy spent her final days surrounded by her loving husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Richard; Daniel O’Connell of Woodstock, VT; Mary Leszuk of Fort Myers, FL, and husband James; Margaret May, of Franklin, TN, and husband Malcolm; Eileen O’Connell of Mashpee; Joanne O’Connell of North Providence, RI; Maureen Madden of North Attleboro and husband William; and Peter O’Connell of Greensboro, NC, and wife Wendy. Nancy was predeceased by her son Joseph.
Nancy is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Caleb and Kevan O’Connell, Caitlin (Leszuk) Steiner, Matthew Leszuk, Benjamin and Siobhan May, Amelia Goodfellow Eichman, Ryan and Ricky Madden, and Helen, Finn and Patrick O’Connell.
Nancy also is survived by her three great-grandchildren, Aidan O’Connell and Jason and Jacob Eichman.
A funeral Mass will be held at Saint Margaret’s Catholic Church, 141 Main Street, Buzzards Bay at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery, Bourne. Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home of Wareham is handling arrangements. The family would like to thank the fourth-floor staff at Falmouth Hospital and the staff at JML Care Center in Falmouth for their compassion and professionalism in caring for Nancy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Nancy’s memory to The Home for Little Wanderers (www.thehome.org) or Covenant House (www.covenanthouse.org).