Irene Flavin O’Connell, 89, of 153 Mary St., Watertown,
died Saturday, Dec. 22, at Mercy Care Center, Watertown.
Mrs. O’Connell was born
March 16, 1923 in Potsdam, daughter of Thomas and Julia
Raymo Flavin. She
graduated from Watertown High School in 1941.
She married Daniel David O’Connell of Watertown on April
19, 1942, in the Woolworth Building offices of County Judge
Howard B. Donaldson, who officiated.
The couple lived in Watertown most of their married
life. Mr. O’Connell died May 11, 1995.
Mrs. O’Connell was a homemaker but worked at various
places early in her marriage and worked part time at the
Watertown City Clerk’s office before her retirement.
Surviving are a son, Daniel P., and daughter-in-law, Kathryn
(Devine), Dexter, and their children: Colleen (Dj)
Ellingsworth, Champion, great grandchildren Rachel and
Dylan; Daniel (Lynn) of Methuen, MA and great grandchildren
Danny and Gavin; Thomas (Kathleen) Dexter and great
grandchildren Tommy, Jillian, Brooke and Brady;
Michael (Katya) Waltham, MA and great grandchildren
Vladimir, Ella and Nina; Kathleen (Jason) McManaman of
Brownville, and great grandchildren Hannah, Matthew, Kailin
and Ryan; Patrick (Janice) Waverly, N.Y. and Meghan of
Watertown; a daughter-in-law,
Sarah (Carter) O’Connell, Glen Park, a grandson, Dennis,
and granddaughters, Jennifer Grauer, Kansas and husband,
Joseph Deitchman; great-grandson, Joshua Grauer and step
great grandsons, Matthew and Michael Deitchman; and Kerry
(Rudy) Lindsey, N. Carolina and great grandsons Branden,
Jaiden, Logan and Mason; two brothers, Patrick of Oklahoma
and Jefferson (Jeff) of Florida; plus several nieces and
A son Richard P. died
April 18, 2003. Two
brothers Thomas M. “Zeke” Flavin and John “Jack”
Flavin and two sisters, Veronica “June” Hockey and
Margaret “Maggie” Marino also died before her as well as
a great grand-daughter Polina Erin O’Connell.
Bernetta loved spending time with her family, singing around
the piano or guitar. She
was known for baking her fabulous wacky cakes for family,
friends, girls at the bank or Kinney’s, her doctor and
anyone else she thought deserved one.
Berna enjoyed a lively card game, whether “Gin Rummy”,
Pitch or Hearts.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home.
A private memorial will be held in the spring.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s’ Association.
Information provided by Johnson
Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.