Patricia Rae O'Connell-Young

June 10, 1940January 13, 2014
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O’Connell-Young, Patricia of Ann Arbor died suddenly at her home January 13, 2014. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the chapel. The family will greet friends’ beginning at 12 noon. Patricia was born in Chicago, IL the daughter of Joseph and Roslyn O’Connell. She graduated from the Academy of Our Lady in 1958. From 1967 through 1971 Patricia worked for The US Department of State Foreign Service Staff where she met her husband William “Bill” Young; sadly he preceded her in in death on July 13, 1994. She was an undergrad at George Washington University and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan, graduating in 1991. During her studies she held multiple positions in the Department of Economics and Center for Chinese Studies as well as teaching English in China at three different universities. She retired after several years of service from the University of Michigan. Patricia enjoyed academics, U of M sports, especially, football and hockey, she was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling throughout the world and the United States, but most of all enjoyed all the time she had with her grandchildren and family. Patricia was also very fond of feeding her friends the squirrels, in her back yard. She is survived by her brother; Joseph (Cindy) O’Connell, step-sons; William Randall (Andrea) Young, David Winston Young, and Craig Wesley Young, grandchildren; Margaret and Benjamin, Diane (Brett) Damadio, William Robert and Michelle Theresa, great grandchildren; Simon and Drew. Special friends; the Binh family, the DeVarti family and many other special and distinctive friends. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and grandson; David Christopher Young. In lieu of flowers donations may be offered to Veterans Helping Veterans & Others envelopes available at the funeral chapel. Arrangements under the direction of Muehlig Funeral Chapel, Ann Arbor, MI.


  • Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Beth Madura

February 21, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of Pat's death. I grew up across the street from her on Lowe Avenue in Chicago. I even visited her in Thailand in 1969, we had such a great time. I have so many memories of Pat, Paul and Joe and Rosie. They were like a second family to me growing up.
We lost contact shortly after Paul and Cindy were married. I moved out East and when I returned back to the Chicago area in 1996, I tried to contact Pat and Paul, but could never find them.
Today I thought I might try contacting Pat and that is when I found this obituary notice.
I am so sorry that we did not have the chance to see each other again.
Please find comfort in your memories.

cathy rice

February 11, 2014

I am very sorry to hear of Pat's death. Pat was a wonderful person and friend.She loved her family very much, and I hope it comforts you to know how people loved Pat, and how much she loved all of her family. Cathy Rice (ann arbor Mi)

Helen Aminoff

January 18, 2014

Just learned of the untimely passing. Pat truly was one-of-a-kind; a very special person whom we came to know at Nature Cove. May she rest in peace. Our condolences to the family.

Ena Schlorff

January 17, 2014

My sincerest sympathy to your family in your loss. I first got to know Pat when she was a graduate student in CCS and worked with her in the China Center for many years. Had a wonderful trip with her and her grandsons that she organized to China in 1990 that I will never forget. She was a tireless supporter of all things related to China, and a truly unique individual. She will be missed.

Mary Braun

January 17, 2014

My heartfelt sympathy to Pat's family at this difficult time. I will always remember Pat as a friend and a colleague. She was such an energetic person. She shared her wealth of life experiences with those of us who benefited from her caring and concern. I know she loved her family very deeply and wish them the knowledge that she will always be with them in their hearts.

Marysia Ostafin

January 17, 2014

Very sad to hear this news today; Pat was a colleague and for many years, worked at the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. I will make a donation to CCS in her memory and to a life well lived.

Lori Maddix

January 17, 2014

My deepest sympathies to your family. Pat was a treasure.

My son Nate and I have many happy memories of spending time with Pat. When he was little and I had to bring him to the office, she volunteered her director's couch for him to nap on. We had the pleasure and privilege of traveling to China with Pat and Michelle. It was a trip of a lifetime!

I think of her sage advice often and marveled at the stories of her many travels. She lived her life well.

Linda Williams

January 17, 2014

Pat O'Connell-Young is a wonderful friend and colleague from our time together in the China Center and Japan Center. I shall miss getting together with our friends there and Pat. She had such wonderful stories! She loved her family so much and she introduced so many people (both her family and her extended friend family) to the "real" China with her trips there. She will be so missed.

January 17, 2014

I was sorry to hear of Pat's passing. My sister, Donna Smallwood, worked with Pat at the U of M. When Donna became ill and was spending so much time in the hospital, Pat made it a point to visit her every day. Pat's thoughtfulness was very much appreciated by Donna and our family. Thank you Pat, and our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

Ruth Frazier

Terry Fietsam

January 16, 2014