Gillooly Funeral Home

126 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA


Carmella C. O'Connor

June 13, 1923August 24, 2019

Carmella C. (Luccio) “Mel” O’Connor, 96, a former forty-year resident of Norwood, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 24, 2019 at home, with her family at her side.

Born on June 13, 1923, in Boston, she was the daughter of Angelo and Jenny (Rossetti) Luccio. She was raised in Boston and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Roxbury. Mrs. O’Connor took great pride in her family, from raising her children to doting on her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, whom she loved dearly. She was a generous woman and enjoyed cooking and hosting gatherings. She also loved to dance and taught ballroom dancing with her husband at the Civic Center in Norwood. Mel was a woman of strong faith and a dedicated communicant of St. Timothy’s Church in Norwood.

Beloved wife of the late George T. O’Connor, with whom she shared forty years of marriage until his passing in 1990; devoted mother of the late Bart A. O’Connor, who passed in 2017, George T. O’Connor Jr. and his wife Rosemary of Westwood, Maryann O’Connor of Millis, William O’Connor and his wife Marie of Norwood; cherished grandmother of William, Kathleen, Mark, Daniel, Janellen, Alex, and Catherine; proud great grandmother of Kylee, Elizabeth, and Kelsey.

She also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews and was predeceased by ten siblings, Louis Luccio, Sanduccio Luccio, Concetta Deyesso, Angelina Munafo, Rose Rapazzini, Agnes Ballarino, Mary Houde, Josephine Quercia, Louise Gannon, and Antonetta Delpidio.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 10AM at St. Timothy’s Church, 650 Nichols Street, Norwood. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery in Norwood.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 27, from 4-8PM at Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole Street (Route 1A), Norwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Wounded Warriors Family Support, 11218 John Galt Boulevard Suite 103, Omaha, NE, 68137.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Carmella C. O'Connor

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William Callahan

August 27, 2019

Nan was always there whenever there whether it was a party in her home or going out for dinner and blues. I will miss her very much.

Eric Olson

August 26, 2019

Whenever I visited the Newton house, in the swirl of comings-and-goings of that busy household with Janellen, Alex, Catherine, a lively dog, and often various visitors, elderly Ms O’Conner was always calm and gracious and exchanged pleasantries with me. What a strong but kind and gentle woman. I know that household, now in Millis, will carry on well, with the other strong and also kind and gentle people there, but it will surely feel not quite complete when next I visit. May you all be well.

Joanne Wroe

August 26, 2019

The sadness is too deep, the memories are to numerous, the love is to strong to even try to express. You were a guiding light in my life, and my children's lives, Aunty. Enjoy your eternal reward for a beautiful life.

Lilian East

August 26, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with Carmella's entire family, including Tia from Martinsville Va., which is how I got to know Carmella 's beautiful spiritual life. What a wonderful and caring woman. She and Tia prayed for many intentions of mine and I know Carmella will continue to pray for us in her heavenly home. May God give you all comfort knowing she is with the Lord.
Sincerely, Lilian East.