Nancy J. (Keating) O’Connell of Buzzards Bay died on December 29. She was 87.
Ms. O’Connell was raised in Northampton, where she graduated from St. Michael’s High School.
She met Richard A. O’Connell in elementary school. The couple wed in 1953 and shared 66 years of marriage.
Ms. O’Connell worked as a phone operator and, later, as a homemaker. She and her husband lived briefly in New Jersey before moving to Natick and then later to Avon, Connecticut. They retired to Cape Cod in 1994, living in Harwich before moving to Southport of Cape Cod in Mashpee and, more recently, to Keystone Place at Buzzards Bay.
An accomplished cook, her many recipes passed on to her children are still shared at family dinners and parties.
Ms. O’Connell was a member of the Mothers of Twins Club, Harwich Garden Club, and Sodality at various churches; she had been a volunteer at Holy Trinity Thrift Shop in Harwich.
An avid traveler, she explored Europe and Australia as well as the United States. She enjoyed playing bridge, working in her garden and spending time at the beach with her grandchildren. Most recently, she discovered she had a talent for bocce.
In addition to her husband, she leaves seven children, Daniel O’Connell of Woodstock, Vermont, Mary Leszuk of Fort Myers, Florida, Margaret May of Franklin, Tennessee, Eileen O’Connell of Mashpee, Joanne O’Connell of North Providence, Rhode Island, Maureen Madden of North Attleboro, and Peter O’Connell of Greensboro, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other family.
She was predeceased by her son Joseph O’Connell.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, January 6, at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Buzzards Bay.
Burial was at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.