Joann Powell O’Connell, of Cincinnati, age 105 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 19th, 2022. Beloved wife of the late Colonel Edward M. O’Connell, USA. Loving mother of Mary Joan (Stewart) Freedman, Edward (Barbara) O’Connell, Jr, Kathleen (Thomas) Shepard, Elizabeth (Kevin) Keegan, Ellen (Rick) Boyer, and Richard (Peggy) O’Connell. Cherished grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 21. Daughter of the late Richard and Ella (nee Schmid) Powell of Bridgetown, OH.
Joann was a graduate of the Sacred Heart Academy and the University of Cincinnati, both in Clifton. Her early married years were spent traveling with her husband to many army post assignments and raising their six children. After Ed’s retirement, they located in Hyde Park where they enjoyed many friendly bridge games, wonderful neighbors and activities in the community. For the last six years, Joann has resided at Twin Lakes in Montgomery where she made friends easily, enjoyed various activities and especially loved her bridge games—-playing well even to the very end. Joann was our strength and guide during her lifetime and will be greatly missed by her family and those whose lives she touched.
The Funeral Mass will be at St. Mary’s Church, Hyde Park, on Thursday, November 3rd at 11 am, with Visitation in the undercroft from 10-11. Joann will be interred with her husband at The Post Cemetery, United States Military Academy, West Point N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.