Sal­lyAnn O’Con­nor, 89, of Red Hook

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Sal­lyAnn O’Con­nor, a Red Hook res­i­dent since 1957, passed away peace­fully in her home late on Wed­nes­day night, Oct. 26, 2016, after a long ill­ness.

Born April 23, 1927, to Hu­bert and He­len Mott in Mex­ico, N.Y., she spent her youth in Seneca Falls, N.Y., and Pleas­antville, N.Y. She was a grad­u­ate of Bowl­ing Green Univer­sity, re­ceiv­ing her de­gree in Home Eco­nomics and par­tic­i­pat­ing in mul­ti­ple ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing syn­chro­nized swim­ming. Sally met Patrick Hugh O’Con­nor while they were both teach­ers at Hoover High School in Flint, Michi­gan. While at Hoover, Sally taught Home Eco­nomics, coached girls’ bas­ket­ball and was a class ad­vi­sor.

They mar­ried on June 13, 1953, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Congers, N.Y.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Patrick O’Con­nor, and her five chil­dren, Stephanie (Bob) Drayn of Canandaigua, N.Y., Gar­ret (Ann) O’Con­nor, of Cler­mont, N.Y., Christopher O’Con­nor, of Bux­ton, Maine, Br. Shawn O’Con­nor, CFR, of New­burgh, N.Y., and Jane O’Con­nor, of Red Hook, N.Y., along with her eight grand­chil­dren, Kay­ley and Kyle O’Con­nor, Trevor and Kris­ten Drayn, Jor­dan, Ali­son, Ryan and Jack O’Con­nor. Other sur­viv­ing fam­ily mem­bers are sis­ters He­len Dan­forth of Hawthorne Woods, Ill., Mary Scull of San An­to­nio, Texas, and Martha Al­to­bell, of Maple Shade, N.J., and one brother, Fred­er­ick Mott of Dover, Del. She was pre­de­ceased by her daugh­ter, Jen­nifer, who was still­born. Sally was a faith­ful lov­ing mother and wife. She was an ex­cel­lent homemaker who seemed to ef­fort­lessly run an im­pec­ca­ble home all the while, work­ing full-time and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­mu­nity and her church. She earnestly sup­ported her chil­dren in all their ed­u­ca­tional, ath­letic and mu­si­cal en­deav­ors. Sally worked for 22 years as a Home Eco­nomics teacher for the As­tor Home for Chil­dren in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where she was greatly loved by her col­leagues and stu­dents alike. Upon her re­tire­ment, As­tor Home cre­ated a Stu­dent of the Year award in her honor.

She was a faith­ful com­mu­ni­cant of Christ Epis­co­pal Church in Red Hook, where she en­thu­si­as­ti­cally served on var­i­ous com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing out­reach fundrais­ers, cookie walks, in­ter­na­tional din­ners, Ap­ple Blos­som Day and Hard­scrab­ble Day. She was ac­tive in the Women’s Group and the Al­ter Guild and was known to “roll up her sleeves and dive in.” She warmly greeted all new parish­ioners and im­me­di­ately made them feel like part of the parish fam­ily. She served over 30 years on the Vestry Com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing serv­ing as Trea­surer, Vestry Per­son and Ju­nior War­den. She was co­founder of Coun­try Col­lec­tions Thrift Shop at Christ Church and vol­un­teered there un­til re­tir­ing due to ill­ness five years ago. Along with her dili­gent work ethic, gen­eros­ity and sense of hu­mor, she was ap­pre­ci­ated for say­ing it straight and sim­ple with a lov­ing smile. In other words, you did what Sally said.

On many sum­mer af­ter­noons, Sally could be found loung­ing pool­side and swim­ming at the Recre­ational Park of Red Hook (The Red Hook Pool) of which she was a char­ter mem­ber, and was in­flu­en­tial in help­ing the dream of a pub­lic pool in Red Hook be­come a re­al­ity. She ea­gerly cheered on her chil­dren and the rest of the Red Hook SeaRaiders at all swim meets. Sally cher­ished her many friends and en­joyed so­cial­iz­ing and host­ing din­ner and cock­tail par­ties. She was an avid bridge player and mem­ber of many clubs.

All who knew her will re­call her sly sense of hu­mor and quick wit and will re­mem­ber her with great love and af­fec­tion. The fam­ily ex­tends their great­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude to Hud­son Val­ley Hospice and Kim Rogers, who lov­ingly and sweetly cared for Sally dur­ing the past year of her life. Visi­ta­tion will be held on Fri­day, Nov. 4, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bur­nett & White Fu­neral Homes in Red Hook, N.Y.

A fu­neral service will be held on Satur­day, Nov. 5, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Christ Epis­co­pal Church, Red Hook, N.Y. 12571

Me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made in Sally’s mem­ory to Christ Epis­co­pal Church, 7423 S. Broad­way, Red Hook, N.Y. 12571, or Hud­son Val­ley Hospice, 374 Vi­o­let Ave., Pough­keep­sie, N.Y. 12601. Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Bur­nett & White Fu­neral Homes, 7461 S. Broad­way, Red Hook, N.Y.

For di­rec­tions or to sign the on­line guest book, please visit www.Bur­net­tWhite.com.

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