Jeanne O'Connor, 85

District 91 educator

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Jeanne P. O'Connor, 85, of River Forest, and a longtime educator in Forest Park, has died. She graduated from Trinity High School in 1951, Rosary College in 1955, and Northeastern University with a master's degree in Education. Her teaching career started at Northlake District 83, overseas to Madrid and Zaragoza in Spain, and she retired from Forest Park District 91. 

She was an avid bridge player and world traveler, and she lived life with an intense desire for learning and adventure in all things big and small.  

Jeanne O'Conner was the daughter of the late Thomas Sr. and Pauline O'Connor (Herman); the sister of Father James E. O'Connor O.C.S.O. and the late Thomas F. O'Connor Jr. (Air Force lieutenant, WWII); and the godmother, "aunt," cousin and friend to many. 

Visitation was on June 5 at River Forest's St. Luke Catholic Church, 528 Lathrop Ave., followed by Mass, with interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. The family appreciates memorials to New Melleray Abbey ( in Peosta, Iowa.  

Arrangements by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home, with additional information at

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