Betty Ruth O'Connell

14 August, 191930 December, 2020

O’Connell, Betty Ruth, 101, of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on December 30, 2020. Betty was born on August 14, 1919 in Lowell, Michigan to Ralph and Frances Chase.

She was preceded in death by her infant sister Shirley, brother Ralph (Rosemary) Chase, her husband Louis, her son James, and her grandson Andrew.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children Dianne O’Connell (San Francisco), Jean (Roger) Danielski (Grand Rapids), Dennis (Pam) O’Connell (Rockford), and Janet (Mike) Baremore (Grand Rapids); grandchildren Jeff Danielski (Jill Sullivan), Sarah Danielski (Matt Kushinka), Elizabeth (Marcus) Hoeksema, Nathan (Alicia) O’Connell, Eric O’Connell, Erin (Jason) Elder, Brooke Baremore, and Jacob Baremore; and ten great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law Patricia O’Connell; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the matriarch of our big, beautiful family. Her house was the place we gathered on most Sunday nights and holidays. We have a special family that loves to get together, talk, eat, play in the yard, and just enjoy one another’s company. Her smile, and her home as a place to gather, will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank Marilyn Kryger for being a wonderful friend to our mom for the past several years. The weekly Skip-Bo games brightened her day!

We are grateful to her grandson Eric for becoming a live-in caregiver for the last month of her life. His care and devotion made it possible for her to remain in her home until she passed, which is just what she wanted!

In light of the health crisis, there will be no public service. The family will hold a private burial in Ionia, Michigan.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so at North Park Baptist Church (3365 Coit Ave. NE, 49525), or Mel Trotter Ministries (225 Commerce Ave., SW, 49503).


  • Nathan O'Connell
  • Jeffrey Danielski
  • Eric O'Connell
  • Jacob Baremore
  • Matthew Kushinka
  • Marcus Hoeksema


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Kevin OConnell

2 January 2021

Aunt Betty was a person of devotion. She was devoted to her husband, her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and hugely, her faith. Many of us in her bigger family didn’t necessarily agree with her religious views, but I don’t think any of us can disagree that she was a passionate person who loved us all unconditionally. RIP.

Katrina Foreman

1 January 2021

Betty was always such a lovely lady. She would light up during family reunions, and always gave her attention so intently to family. Being present to say happy birthday, and see how lovingly her family doted on her was such a highlight. She will be missed. Thank you for always being so warm, and welcoming with hugs you always gave generously.

Arlene Kushinka

1 January 2021

I would see Betty only about once a year because of distance . But when I was in Grand Rapids I always felt welcome at the family gatherings that were held weekly at her home. Her family took great care of her and you could tell that they cherished her. She raised a warm and loving family and in her quiet way influenced their positive outlook on life. Her long life will provide them with many good memories.