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Russell O'Connor

Died: Saturday, January 18, 2003
Age: 94
Russell O'Connor, 94, Sarina's Retirement Home, Lake Geneva, died at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn.

He was an educator, teaching for 17 years at the South Bend College of Commerce and the University of Notre Dame. He retired from the South Bend School Corp. after 20 years of teaching.

He was born Feb 20, 1908, in South Bend, the son of Charles Henry and Ellen Jane Borror O'Connor.

He had lived in Lake Geneva since 1996. He also lived in Bradenton, Fla., from 1981 to 1994.

On Nov. 26, 1930, in South Bend, Ind., he married the former Gladys Treesh. She died July 22, 1996.

One son, Patrick O'Connor, preceded him in death.

He is survived by two daughters, Karen Knight, Albuquerque, N. M., and Linda Vaszari, Spring Grove, Ill.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was a member of the DeMolay, Order of Eastern Star, North Liberty, Ind., and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, North Liberty, where he served as past master. He was a former member of the River Park, North Liberty, and the Harris Prairie Church of Christ. He was a member of the West Side Christian Church, Bradenton. He also was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, a graduate of Louisiana State University, earned his master's degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and received an honorary doctorate degree from the university of Notre Dame.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the North Liberty Church of Christ. The Rev. Andy Kaser will officiate. Graveside services and burial will follow at Eastlawn Cemetery, North Liberty. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Palmer Funeral Home, 314 S. Michigan St., Lakeville, Ind., where Masonic services will be conducted.

The family suggested memorials to the North Liberty Church of Christ, 65225 S. R. 23, North Liberty, Ind., 46554.

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