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  • Violet Elizabeth O’Connell

  • Violet Elizabeth O’Connell, of Palatine Bridge, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov, 30, 2012, with her loving husband by her side.

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  • Violet Elizabeth O’Connell, of Palatine Bridge, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov, 30, 2012, with her loving husband by her side.
    Violet was born on Jan. 7, 1928, in Little Falls. She was the daughter of the late Stephen and Matilda (Lisicin-Jezerac) Stegich. Violet was united in marriage on Oct. 28, 1950, to Donald F. O’Connell. The couple celebrated 62 years of wedded bliss together.
    Violet a graduate of Mohawk High School, was a successful, self-made business woman and entrepreneur. For many years she was a well-respected New York state road and bridge contractor. During her career at the New York State Department of Transportation she completed and improved many area road projects in Fulton, Montgomery and Herkimer counties. Her achievements in this field were vast and included fifty-two stabilization pods (the first in New York state) on State Route 8 in New Hartford.
    She was the owner and operator of Palatine Industries, a multi-faceted enterprise, which included a gravel mining business, and a heavy equipment sales and rental center.
    Other business ventures Mrs. O’Connell owned and operated were the In Town Car Wash and the In Town Storage Unit Facility. She was also a property owner and developer, who owned and negotiated the land acquisition for the home of the well-known Fucillo Autoplex.
    Violet was a lifelong animal lover and tireless animal advocate. She was a frequent contributor to various animal organizations and shelters. Her generosity, compassion and kindness will be remembered fondly.
    She is survived by her beloved husband, Donald, a beloved sister Jennie M. Domina, of Schuyler, and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by loved family members, a sister, Mary Spraker, and brothers, John Stegich, Jacob Stegich and Stephen Stegich.
    Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. from the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, and at 11 a.m. from Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Main and John streets, Little Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Lawless. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, town of Herkimer.
    Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. and to attend the funeral services Wednesday morning.
    Online remembrances at www.chapmanmoser.com.
    It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mrs. O’Connell be considered to the Ayres Memorial Shelter, 133 Hilltop Rd., Sprakers, NY 12166 or to Holy Family Parish, 763 E. Main St., Little Falls, NY 13365. Envelopes for contributions will be available at Chapman-Moser for this purpose.

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