Donna J. O’Connell

November 04, 1947 ‒ December 09, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Donna J. O’Connell, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, lost her courageous battle with ALS on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Grant Medical Center. She was born on November 4, 1947 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the daughter of Donald and Ruth (Adrian) Highman. Donna retired in 2009 after twenty eight years as office manager of the Oral Facial Surgery Centre in Mount Vernon.

Donna took great pride in her landscaping around the house and was an accomplished painter and decorator. Donna was a caring wife, mother and grandmother that enjoyed nothing more than spending quality time with her family. She attended St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Edward O’Connell whom she married on January 7, 1995, her son, Shawn (Kimberley) Hammond of Gambier and his children, Zachary, Dallas and Austin Hammond, a daughter, Amy (Jim) Quinlivan of Mount Vernon and her children, Isabella and Sutton Quinlivan and a great granddaughter, Zoey Grace Hammond.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by twin grandsons, Gage and Colin Quinlivan.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to the ALS foundation of Ohio, 1170 Old Henderson Road, Suite 221, Columbus, Ohio 43220 or visit

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Donna J. O’Connell.

  • What an amazing woman that was always so wonderful to work for and around. I will miss her wonderful smile that was always so contagious. My thoughts are with all the family, we will all miss you greatly.

  • Donna was a Amazing Person ! She had a Beautiful Energy about her ! I worked with her & we become friends. She taught me so Much. I was Blessed with knowing her! She will be Missed .She will never be forgotten! Prayers to her family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss Amy. She was a wonderful person. My prayers and sincere condolences for you and your family. Love and hugs.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this time.She was a beautiful person and devoted mother,grandmother.

  • Sorry for the loss of your mother and wife. She was a special person our thoughts and prayers to the family. what a wonderful lady she was

  • Donna was a wonderful, fun and amazing lady. I have wonderful memories from working with her in the office. She could always give me a laugh and her laugh was so contagious. My thoughts are with all of you, god bless.

  • Ed, Amy, Shawn and family!

    I am so sorry to hear about DONNA. She has been a long time friend of mine . We met when we were in junior high together. She was fun to be with and her smile was contagious. She will be missed by many. May your pain today will be soon be replaced by the wonderful memories you have of her. Hugs to all of you.

  • Amy & Family,
    I have no words that could possibly help or encourage you at a time like this. Having lost my own mom, the feelings of grief resurface when friends lose theirs. It is hard and I am so sorry. I pray that you find peace in knowing where she is and “whose” she is. Scripture tells us that to be absent of the body is to be with the Lord! Praise God!! Hugs and peace.