Janice E. B. O'Connor

Jan 06, 2021
Janice O'Connor

Vinalhaven — Janice Elaine (Barton) O’Connor, 76, passed away Jan. 4, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center.

She was born in Vinalhaven, to the late Arnold and Charlotte (Mills) Barton. Shortly after graduation from Vinalhaven High School, she moved to Springfield to find work and to live with her aunt and uncle, the late Josephine and Albert Columb.

She was an area resident for over 58 years, residing in Springfield, Indian Orchard, Chicopee and most recently, West Springfield. Janice worked as a machine operator at Mead Westvaco for many years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 277 in Indian Orchard. She enjoyed reading, adult coloring books, playing games on her phone, crossword puzzles and also liked listening to karaoke music at the American Legion.

Janice was predeceased by her parents; husband William T. O’Connor in 1999; brother Arnold Barton Jr. and a step-daughter Maureen Minnie.

She leaves her brother Dana Barton of Vinalhaven; special cousin Ruthann Sassi and her husband, Gino, of Ludlow; niece Kirstin Barton and nephew Nicholas Barton; step-children William O’Connor and his wife, Naza, Debra Nyman and her husband, Jeffrey and Patricia Connors; step-grandchildren Christopher, Allison, and Aaron Nyman, William, Kevin and Edward Minnie and Timothy and Brittany Connors; sister-in-law Candi V. Barton and several cousins, other family members and friends.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Cemetery, 1601 State St., Springfield, Mass. The service will be livestreamed and can be viewed on Janice’s obituary page at nowakfuneral.com, where online condolences can be sent to the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20037 or to the American Legion Association of your area.

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