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Bernetta I. O’Connell


Bernetta Irene Flavin O’Connell, 89, formerly of 153 St. Mary St. died Saturday, December 22 at Mercy Care Center, Watertown.

Mrs. O’Connell was born March 16, 1923, in Potsdam, a daughter of Thomas and Julia Raymo Flavin. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1941. She married Daniel David O’Connell of Watertown on April 19, 1942, in the Woolworth Building Offices of County Judge Howard B. Donaldson, who officiated. The couple lived in Watertown most of their married life. Mr. O’Connell died May 11, 1995. Mrs. O’Connell was a homemaker but worked at various places early in her marriage and worked part time at the Watertown City Clerk’s office before her retirement.

She is survived by a son, Daniel P. and daughter-in-law, Kathryn (Devine), Dexter, and their children: Colleen (DJ) Ellingsworth, Champion, great-grandchildren Rachel and Dylan; Daniel (Lynn), Methuen, MA and great-granchildren Danny and Gavin; Thomas (Kathleen), Dexter and great-grandchildren Tommy, Jillian, Brooke and Brady; Michael (Katya) Waltham, MA and great-grandchildren Vladimir, Ella and Nina; Kathleen (Jason) McManaman, Brownville and great-granchildren Hannah, Matthew, Kailin and Ryan; Patrick (Janice), Waverly, NY and Meghan, Watertown.

She is survived by daughter-in-law, Sarah (Carter) O’Connell, Glen Park and grandson, Dennis’ and great granddaughters Jennifer Grauer, Kansas and husband Joseph Deitchman, great-grandson Joshua Grauer and step great-grandsons Matthew and Michael Deitchman; and Kerry (Rudy) Lindsey, North Carolina and great-grandsons Branden, Jaiden, Logan and Mason.

Mrs. O’Connel is also survived by two brothers, Patrick, Oklahoma; and Jefferson (Jeff), Florida; plus several nieces and nephews.

A son, Richard P., died April 19, 2003. Two brothers, Thomas M. “Zeke” Flavin and John “Jack” Flavin and two sisters Veronica “June” Hockey and Margaret “Maggie” Marino, also died before her, as well as great-granddaughter, Polina Erin O’Connell.

Bernetta loved spending time with her family, signing around the piano or guitar. She was known for baking her fabulous wacky cakes for family, friends, girls at the bank or Kinney’s, her doctor and anyone else she thought deserved one. Berna enjoyed a lively card game, whether “Gin Rummy”, “Pitch” or “Hearts”.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home. A private memorial will be held in the spring.

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