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Kay Celeste O'Connell

March 29, 1944 December 21, 2018
Kay Celeste O'Connell
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Kay Celeste O’Connell of Oceanside passed peacefully at her home Dec. 21, 2018. She was 74. Born in Galesburg, IL, Kay and her young family relocated to Oceanside in 1974, where she lived until her death. Kay was a dedicated school librarian at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and School in Vista for over 25 years, where she also served as Minister of Hospitality during Sunday evening mass services.

She is survived by her sisters Anne Blaha (Tom), Mary Margeurite Wade (Richard); children Nannette Griffin (Clark), Sean (Tami), Christopher (Linda), Elizabeth, Carrie, Tara (Anthony), Colin (Tara), Maura, and Darcy; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be held at Oceanside Mortuary Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. A Catholic mass and funeral service will be held at St. Francis Church (525 W. Vista Way, Vista CA 92083) Monday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of sending flowers, the family ask that you consider making a donation to a cause which Kay was most dedicated--the Holocaust Art & Essay Writing Contest at Chapman University. A consummate educator, Kay brought the first group of St. Francis School students to the Holocaust essay writing contest in 2004--which became an annual tradition until her retirement. Ever a believer that history informs our future, Kay carved her career as a school librarian around the importance of sharing stories--through personally connecting with those who have come before us, and gifting our own stories through art and narrative to those who will follow us on this earthly plane. A gift in her memory to continue this tradition of connecting students to Holocaust survivors would be most appreciated.

Kay’s personal mantra was: “Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.” May we emulate her bravery and unyielding integrity by forever living those words

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2:00 PM 1/6/2019 2:00:00 PM
Oceanside Mortuary - FD 253

602 South Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

Oceanside Mortuary - FD 253
602 South Coast Hwy Oceanside 92054 CA
United States

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11:00 AM 1/7/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/7/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

525 W Vista Way
Vista, Ca 92083

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
525 W Vista Way Vista 92083 Ca
United States

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