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Margaret Ann O'Connell

September 8, 1944February 6, 2020

Margaret Ann O’Connell, 75, passed away on February 6, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. She was born in Fall River, MA to the late P. Frank & Helen O’Connell. Margaret graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1962 and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University. She later moved to Tucson, Arizona and received her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Arizona. Margaret spent most of her career in special needs education. She was an extremely dedicated teacher to her students, and loved her job very much. She advocated for several grants and programs, helping to grow the special needs programs in her schools. Margaret provided students with the possibilities of going to space camps, professional golf programs as well as attending the UofA summer basketball camps. She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brothers, Peter F. O’Connell and his wife, Pauline of Tiverton, RI and Charles E. O’Connell and wife, Lori of Tiverton, RI and nephews, Peter O’Connell Jr. and his wife, Kathy, Daniel O’Connell, Charles O’Connell Jr. and niece, Katherine O’Connell. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the American Cancer Society in memory of Margaret Ann.


  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Margaret Ann O'Connell

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Maria Kondonijakos

February 20, 2020

A great friend. Margaret lived a life of generosity and love.
May her memory be eternal.


February 14, 2020

I was Marge's roommate the first year of graduate school at the University of Arizona. Our room had a window that had a grapefruit tree just outside and we picked a few until told to stop. On another occasion she got in trouble for forging her driver's license to appear younger, she needed to be younger to qualify for an event. We all laughed. I also remember that she was allergic to seafood, so when eating out she could not touch anything that had fish on it. I lost contact with her over the years, but she will not be forgotten. She was an exceptional person.

Rosemary Staley

George Yslava

February 13, 2020

Margaret and I worked together at Manzo Elementary for many years. During these years, I saw a Great lady at work. She was a true professional; always going out of her way to better serve all of her students. Throughout the years, Margaret made many opportunities available to many students at Manzo. Because of her hard work, students were able to learn how to play chess, fly planes, and also learn how to play golf. I am positive that she made a real difference in these children's lives! What I really appreciated about Margaret, is that she was so straight up; she never played around when it came to serious matters. I will truly miss this wonderful lady! Until we meet again, my friend.

Dagmar Cushing

February 12, 2020

I am very sad to hear about Margaret's passing and also sorry that we didn't stay in touch these last years. Marge and I go way back to our college days when we were housemates, and stayed good friends for many years. She was a warm hearted, generous and fun person to be around, and we were close when she lived nearer to us. She often did special things for the kids and me like leaving goodies by the door for German Nikolaus Day (Dec 6), or a special cake ( it took me a while to find out who brought it and then identify it as a "garbanzo cake"). She was definitely a person who left her generous spirit with many, as I am sure many of her students would say. She always had great stories to tell and seemed to thoroughly love all the kids -- no burn out there.
Marge, you made my early years in this country a better place and I wish you all the grace you deserve in your "happy trails". With love, your old buddy Dagmar

Fr. Edward Vella, CSsR

February 11, 2020

Dear O'Connell family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences. Margaret was a great asset to and so loved the Redemptorist Renewal Center and Our Lady of the Desert Conventual Church community. May she rest in eternal glory. We have another close friend in Heaven watching over us and interceding for us!

Elsa Nicklas Sanchez

February 10, 2020

I was in graduate school with this wonderful woman at U of A. She was thoughtful, kind and a ton of fun. May she Rest In Peace. Condolences to her family.