Kathleen “Kathy” O’Connell


Kathleen “Kathy” O’Connell, 72, of Montevideo, MN passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 peacefully surrounded by her family in Montevideo. MN of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Montevideo. Visitation will be held Monday, February 10, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church, interment will be at the church cemetery.

Kathleen Jean O’Connell was born June 24, 1947, in St. Paul, MN to Thomas and Jean (Daglish) Rafftery. Kathleen was baptized and confirmed at St. Columba Catholic Church and also attended school there thru the 8th grade. She went to St. Joseph’s Academy for high school and graduated in 1965.

Kathy began working at the Minnesota Department of Taxation in St. Paul and it was here she met the love of her life, Steve. Kathy and Steve were married on September 14, 1968 at St. Columba in St. Paul. In 1969, the couple moved to Montevideo and began a family. They were blessed with three children, Therese, Shawn and Colleen.

Kathy enjoyed a variety of odd jobs while the children grew up which allowed her to focus on her family. When the children were older, she went back to school for an accounting degree from Granite Falls Technical College. Kathy began working at Fagen Inc, and continued there for over 15 years.

Kathy loved gardening, her wealth of knowledge was immense and you could tell by the flowers she grew. She enjoyed bowling, shopping, playing cards and gambling. Kathy and Steve enjoyed traveling together and took several trips to Vegas and numerous cruises. Her family was her world and her granddaughters were the light of her life. Kathy heart was kind, generous and empathetic.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Steve O’Connell of Montevideo; children, Therese (Jerry) Scharrer of Deerwood, Shawn (significant other, Elizabeth Hammer) O’Connell of Phoenix, AZ, Colleen O’Connell of St. Paul; granddaughters, Kaitlyn (fiancé, Jacob Kayfes), Emily (special friend, Gabe Ryappy) Scharrer; sisters, Peggy (Gene) McCracken of Gallina, NM, Patty (Tim Meath) Rafftery of St. Paul; brothers and sisters-in-law, Terry (Jane) O’Connell of Eau Claire, WI, Kevin (Diane) O’Connell of Wausau, Gale O’Connell of Elk Mound, WI; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Jean Rafftery; father and mother-in-law, Vince and Leona O’Connell, brother-in-law, Tim O’Connell; sister-in-law, Patricia (Bob) Devney.

In leiu of flower, please make a donation to Chippewa County Food Shelf.

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