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Annie O’Connell of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away suddenly at her residence Thursday, April 23, 1998.

Annie recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

She was born March 30, 1908 in Big Fork, Ont. to the late Patrick and Mary O’Connell.

Annie attended school in Big Fork. In her earlier years, she was a volunteer Girl Guide leader. She also worked in housekeeping for the priests in Atikokan, Ont., and later as waitress at the New Lunch Cafe in Fort Frances until her retirement in 1973.

Following her retirement, Annie moved to Green Manor, where she resided for many years. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s League, and the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 29.

For enjoyment, Annie loved to do needlepoint and embroidery work. Throughout the years, Annie also loved to travel, and had travelled to Ireland, and toured the United States and Canada.

She was predeceased by four brothers, Roy, Dan, Huey, and Stanley O’Connell; two sisters, Nellie Medhurst and Francis Burke; and three siblings in infancy.

Annie is survived by her loving nephews, Fred Grozelle and wife, Pat, and John Grozelle and wife, Mable, and their three children, John Jr., James, and Jennifer, all of Fort Frances, Ont.; her niece, Carla Grozelle, of Armstrong, B.C.; nephews, Mike Grozelle of Winnipeg, Man., Dale Miller of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Doug Medhurst and wife, Lois, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and by many other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 27, 1998 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances. Father Lawrence Conlon O.M.I. will officiate, with interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fort Frances.

Honourary pallbearers will be all of her family and friends.

In memoriam donations may be made to Friends of Animals Foundation, Box 545, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8, or to the charity of your choice.