Mary E. O’Connell

GLADSTONE — Mary E. O’Connell, 82, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

Mary was born Feb. 13, 1935, in Escanaba, the daughter of Wilmore and Cecilia (Jacobs) Berglund. She was united in marriage to Harold “Spike” O’Connell on July 2, 1955, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Escanaba. Mom was a hard worker. She approached everything with a calm and can do attitude. Early in Mom and Dad’s marriage, family businesses included the Norway Pines Motel and Spike’s Mini Mart. After selling the businesses, mom chose helping others by working in the health field before retiring at the age of 73, but continued helping with the care of her grandson, Mitch. Mom’s greatest joy was children, especially her grandchildren, with whom she loved to play games. She enjoyed going to camp with her husband of 62 years, spending time going to the casinos and listening to music. The depth of her personality had many layers. She was mischievous in that she was always willing and ready for a good prank. She also had the ability to make others around her feel extremely loved. She was talkative, patient, nurturing, and the guiding light of our family

Mary is survived by her husband; her son, Mike O’Connell of Appleton, Wis.; her daughters, Cindy (Bruce) Collins of Gladstone and Cheryl (Stephen) Corden of Rapid River; grandchildren, Taylor, Rachel, Matthew, Erica, Jen, Mitch, Brandon, Trisha, Michelle, Chris, Janice, Morgan, Brett and Katie; great-grandchildren, Grayson, Mason, Bryce, Braelyn, Isabel, Milo, William and Niko; numerous nieces and nephews and her stepmother, Lucy “Nonnie” Pearce of Pompano Beach, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Martin and Patrick; grandson, Jerry Collins; great-grandson, Cameron Delveaux; and her brother, Steve Berglund.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. with Pastor Jon Potes officiating. A luncheon will be served following the services at Grace Church in Gladstone.

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