Catherine Marie O'Connor, age 84, of Hamden, CT passed away peacefully at Whitney Center in Hamden on December 15, 2018. Catherine was born in New Haven on December 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Adolph & Elizabeth (Wrynn) Colombell. Catherine was predeceased by her loving husband Ralph and her daughter in-law Alicia O'Connor. She is survived by her four children, Brian O'Connor & his wife Theresa of Hamden, Mary Powers & her husband Bill of Prospect, Michael O' Connor of North Haven and Ann O'Connor of Cheshire; her grandchildren, John, Patrick, Joseph, Eamon, Colin, Brock and Eliza O'Connor as well as Ryan & Owen Powers and Adam, James and Jake Ali; her sister Ann Colombell; her brothers William & Tom Colombell and more than 35 nieces and nephews. Catherine was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and a graduate of St. Raphael's Nursing School's first graduating class. She was a registered nurse, employed at St. Raphael's Hospital, Gaylord Hospital and retired as Director of Resident Services from the Whitney Center in Hamden. One of Catherine's greatest enjoyments was spending time with all of her grandchildren. She especially loved her vacations in Maine and OBX North Carolina with her family. She was an active member of St. Rita's parish in Hamden. The O'Connor family would like to thank the staff at Whitney Center for the wonderful care they provided in her final days. Friends may visit with her family on Friday, December 21st from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden and may also attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. by going directly to St. Rita Church, 1620 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, North Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations in Catherine's memory may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or the Smilow Cancer Center.

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  1. Thinking of all the O’Connor family at this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Many happy memories of our times at St Ritas Mothers Circle and Whitney Center as fellow Hospital of St Raphael School of Nursing graduates.

    May she Rest in Peace
    Joan Gunn Atzbach and Family

  2. To the kids down the street, we share the loss of your Mother. Your Mom was a fine lady and friendly neighbor. When she drove down the street, she would invariably stop to keep us up-to-date on you guys and your children. Needless to say, it took a while! Fred and Carol Ziegler

  3. Much sympathy to all. Sorry we were not able to offer our condolences in person. The Carney and Columbell connection goes back many many years. They are good memories.

    Joe and Mary Jo Carney Lee

  4. My sincerest thoughts to all the O’Connor family.
    I was so sorry that I was unable to attend the visitation and
    Mass for her. Cathy was a lovely woman, full of fun.
    I knew her at the Hamden Racquet & Swim Club.
    where we shared many a laugh. She will be missed by all.
    Sincerely, Ginger Broadbent

    Sincerely, Ginger Broadbent
    Cathy was a lovely womancathC I knew Cathy from the Hamden Racquet & Swim Club
    where we shared many a laugh.

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