Mary Dillon O’Connell

September 26, 1917 - November 4, 2016 Oxford, PA | Age 99 Loving Mother, Sister, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother

Mary Dillon O’Connell, age 99 of Oxford, PA, formerly of West Grove, died Friday November 4, 2016 at the Ware Presbyterian Village, Oxford, PA. She was the wife of John P. O’Connell who died in 1964 and with whom she shared 24 years of marriage.

Born in Wilmington, DE, she was a daughter of the late Martin P. and the late Margaret (Conner) Dillon.

She was a Registered Nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE, retiring in 1986, where she also graduated from the Nursing school in 1938.

She was a longtime member of Assumption BVM Church in West Grove.

Survivors include two sons, John P. O’Connell, Jr. of Dothan, AL and William “Radar” P. O’Connell and his wife Joyce of West Grove, PA; one sister, Margaret Markel of Oxford, PA; three grandchildren, Danny, Sean, and Meghan, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers.

You are invited to visit with Mary’s family and friends, from 9:30AM to 10:45AM Thursday November 10, 2016 at Assumption BVM Catholic Church 300 State Rd. West Grove, PA 19390. Her mass of Christian burial will follow at 11AM. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Grove. Contributions in her memory may be made to Assumption BVM Church at the aforementioned address or to West Grove Fire Company PO Box 201 West Grove, PA 19390. Arrangements are by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-869-2685) of West Grove. To view her online tribute please visit

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Assumption BVM Catholic Church

300 State Rd
West Grove, PA 19390



November 10, 2016 9:30 - 10:45AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390

Mass of Christian Burial

November 10, 2016 11AM Assumption BVM Catholic Church
300 State Rd.
West Grove, PA 19390


  1. Dearest neighbors,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine losing someone that has been here for so long.
    Please find comfort in knowing what the Bible says about out dead loved ones. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 is just one of the places the Bible compares death to sleep and just like when we go to sleep we expect to wake up. God through his son Christ Jesus will awaken our dead loved ones when the time comes.
    John 5:28,29a “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out” This promise comforts me and I hope that it will bring comfort to you. When God made Adam and Eve they were to live forever. Death was not suppose to happen, that is why it hurts so much. God put the desire to live forever inside all of us, see Ecclesiastes 3:11
    “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has even put eternity in their heart”
    This is why once God will is done “on earth” as it was done in heaven He will make death no more.
    I cannot wait for this time
    Revelation 21:3-5 “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also he says: “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
    again I’m so very sorry for your loss!

    Tina (neighbor) from west grove | November 21, 2016 at 3:35 PM
  2. Mary was a great lady and will be missed. We will always hold her and the memories in our hearts.
    Ginny, Jo and Jessie

    Jo Ann | November 8, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    AL AND SANDY LEWIS | November 8, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    AL AND SANDY LEWIS | November 8, 2016 at 5:24 PM
  5. Radar, Joyce and Danny, Thinking of your family at this sad time and offering our sincere sympathy. Your dear mother was a fixture in West Grove for many years and will be remembered fondly.

    Russ and Kathy

    Kilmer | November 8, 2016 at 5:19 PM
  6. Mr. O’Connell, What a joy to have had so many years with your mother. How blessed you and the family have been to have shared so many memories. I know you are comforted by her faith and commitment to God and church though separation is never easy. Know in this time, you will be remembered in prayer and I trust God’s Grace to provide for all your needs. I continue to be thankful for the years we worked together. God bless you all, Ann and Bill Hart

    Ann Hart | November 7, 2016 at 4:01 PM
  7. I am sending prayers to Mary’s Family and thinking of you all.
    What a wonderful lady. We were “Church Buddies” and shared the back pew at daily mass for many years.
    I will miss her.

    Adeline Conner

    Conner | November 7, 2016 at 1:52 PM
  8. Radar and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I am sure you have many wonderful memories of her. I will keep you, Joyce and family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Margaret Pennington

    Margaret Pennington | November 7, 2016 at 1:09 PM
  9. I am sorry to hear about Mame. I remember the old Avondale days well. Losing all that history is sad, but the memories made me smile.

    Jean Moroney Bryan

    Jean Moroney Bryan | November 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM

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