Ilene J. O’Connell, 86, of Earlville, passed away Monday, July 8, 2019.

Visitation was held from 2 — 7 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Clifton – Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Earlville.

Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Earlville, Rev. Dennis Quint officiated. Additional visitation was held from 9 – 10 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Burial: St. John Cemetery, Delhi.

Ilene was born Aug. 3, 1932, in Delaware, the daughter of Aloysius and Eleanora (Kramer) Schnieders. She graduated from Oneida High School. On Sept. 11, 1951, Ilene married Joseph O’Connell in Delhi. Ilene loved caring for her family and others. She worked at the Good Neighbor Home for over 32 years as a C.N.A. She volunteered and served as a 4-H Leader for many years. Ilene enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

Ilene is survived by her children, Bill O’Connell of Manchester, Joyce (Jim) Wacker of Ft. Collins, Colo., Joe (Becky) O’Connell of Potosi, Wis., Jim (Connie) O’Connell of Earlville, Wendy (Larry) Block of Earlville, Pete (Mary) O’Connell of Manchester, Janet (Curtis) Gage of Ankeny, and Pat (Marilyn) O’Connell of Earlville; 26 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren – with three on the way; two brothers, Merrel (Mary Ann) Schnieders of Manchester; and LeRoy Schnieders of Manchester; and two sisters, Mary Lou Parkinson of Edgewood, and Shirley Hallett of Cedar Rapids.

Ilene was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph O’Connell; a grandson; a great-grand-daughter; and a brother, LaVern Schnieders.

Please share a memory of Ilene at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

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