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16 Pleasant Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-622-9311
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Mary O'Connor

Mary Jane O'Connor (Burleigh)

Friday, July 13th, 1923 - Monday, October 7th, 2019
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Mary Jane (Burleigh) O'Connor, the daughter of a prominent family, died Monday, October 7, 2019 at the Alfond Center for Health in Augusta. She was 96. She was born in Augusta, ME the daughter of Donald Burleigh and Mary (Johnson) Burleigh. Both parents were New England champion bridge players.
Smart, kind and deviously funny, she celebrated her 95th birthday with more than 100 friends and family in the casino at Ocean Point.
She cheerfully wore her badge of honor, the Queen of Hearts, the nickname bestowed on her by her father, the novelist, Donald Q. Burleigh. Her grandfather was the owner and publisher of the Kennebec Journal. Her great-grandfather was elected Governor, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator.
Her late husband, Thomas A. O'Connor, retired from the National Guard as a master sergeant and went on to serve 12 years on the Augusta City Council.
She spent almost all of her life in Augusta before moving to Granite Hill Estates, 100 yards over the line in Hallowell, in 2004.
She began her career at radio station WFAU as part of the support staff. She finished her career in service with the State of Maine.
In between, she raised five children and served in many capacities, including as secretary with the American Legion Auxiliary, a den mother for St. Mary's Cub Scout Pack 225 and countless committees.
She is predeceased by her parents and husband and her three sisters: Sally Pruett, Nancy Catlin and Judy Chase.
She is survived by her five children: Dr. Susan O'Connor of South Berwick, John J. O'Connor and his wife, Susan, of East Winthrop, Kevin P. O'Connor and his wife, Debra Dompkowski of Warwick, RI, Catherine Schroeder and her husband, Danny of Allen, NE, and Michael O'Connor and his wife, Susan, of Winthrop.
She said her grandchildren were the greatest joy of her life. They are: Jaime O’Connor and her husband, Rick Nadeau, of Auburn, Megan Phelan and her husband, Matthew, of Germantown, NY, Jessica Fredrickson and her husband, Zachary, of Papillon, NE, and Mark Schroeder and his wife, Nikaela, of Elkhorn, NE. Her adored great-grandchildren are: Connor and Dionis Phelan, Sean and Moira Nadeau and Maggie and Charlie Schroeder.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Granite Hill Estates for the wonderful care they have given to Mary for over 14 years.
Relatives and friends may visit from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Monday, October 14th at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 15th at 10:30 AM at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Ave., Augusta. Burial and committal prayers will follow in the new Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Rd., Augusta.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mary’s memory be made to: Lithgow Library, 45 Winthrop St., Augusta, ME, 04330.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, October 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, October 14th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Plummer Funeral Home
    16 Pleasant Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, October 14th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, October 14th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Plummer Funeral Home
    16 Pleasant Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church
    41 Western Avenue
    Augusta, ME 04330
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  • Interment

    Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    163 Mt. Vernon Road
    AUGUSTA, ME 04330
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Michael, Meg, Kristine, Norma, Beth (Hillcrest)

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Robin Williams

Posted at 03:03pm
To all of the O'Connor family, Whenever I think of Aunt Mary Jane it brings a smile to my face, and I think that's because I rarely saw her when she wasn't smiling. She had a wonderful laugh, a huge heart, and was always very kind to me. Even though I hadn't seen her in nine years I thought of her often and asked after her. I loved her very much, but very happy for her that she is with Uncle Tommy again! Fly high, Mary Jane!

Anna Beth Rynders

Posted at 11:58pm
My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Susan O'Connor, a childhood and high school friend, and all her family, on the loss of her mother. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, and I wish you comfort, peace and blessings.

Anna Beth Packard Rynders

Fr. John Raymond Fortin

Posted at 08:25pm
My sympathies to the O’Connor family. I will offer Mass for your mom.
Fr. John Raymond Fortin, OSB
St. Anselm Abbey

Christopher Mann

Posted at 02:01pm
Mary Jane and Tommy were treasured friends of the Mann family. Tommy was a loyal friend to my father during good times and bad. Mary Jane and her daughters would babysit my brother Andy and I when we were quite young. Son John was our Scout Master. Shortly after my mother and father were married (and my brother Andy and I were born) we rented the second floor of Tommy and Mary Jane's apartment at 29 Chapel Street. Ms. Sennet, who lived on the first floor would have us down for ginger ale and cookies. We later moved across the street to 24 Chapel Street and the O'Connors moved to the top floor of their apartment we vacated, so we saw each other on a regular basis. I am grateful for the friendship and kindness your family has always shown to mine. Bless you and Godspeed Mary Jane. -Chris Mann

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