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Dorothy O’Connor

Dorothy O’Connor, age 94, passed away Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford.

Dorothy Simon was born April 12, 1924 in New Rockford, North Dakota, the daughter of David W. and Josephine (Schwela) Simon. She went to New Rockford Public School and also to Crookston High School for two years.  While going to school in Crookston, she lived with her half-sister.  She returned to New Rockford and graduated from St. James Academy in 1942.  She worked at various jobs including teaching school for one year.  While teaching she stayed at the Artie Fingerson home.  She worked at the Co-op and Drug Store for 15 cents an hour.  She courted Francis O’Connor for three years before they were married on April 24, 1946.  They made their home in Munster Township, Eddy County where they farmed and raised their children.  Dorothy worked in the local bakery for several years, where she decorated cakes among her other duties. They retired in 1981 and moved into New Rockford.  She also cleaned the city library and with Fran’s help, the Community Credit Union, for 12 years.

Dorothy volunteered at the New Rockford Senior Center for many years, cooking, serving, cleaning, and washing dishes each Tuesday and Friday.  She also represented Eddy County on the Board of Directors for Senior Meals and Services.  She was active in the Catholic Church, first at St. Joseph’s of Bremen and then St. John’s of New Rockford.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Richard (Sandy) O’Connor, New Rockford, Edward (Kathy) O’Connor, New Rockford, Carol (Gary) Lynde, Garden Valley, ID, Colleen (Joe) Bachmeier, Owensboro, KY, and Julie (Jeff) Klocke, Coleharbor, ND; 16 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Francis in 2016, brother David Simon, three half-brothers, Harvey, Homer, and Howard, and four half-sisters, Mabel, Blanche, Helen, and Frances.

Visitation will be from 9am-5pm Friday, December 21, 2018 in the Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford and from 6-7pm at St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, with a Rosary at 6:45PM, and a Prayer Service at 7:00PM in the church.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, December 22, 2018, at 10:30AM in St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, ND.

Burial will be held at the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, New Rockford, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry for your loss. Love Howard and Darlene’s Jenrich family🙏

  2. Thinking of all of you as you say your final goodbyes. Wish I could be there but will be there in spirit. I wonder how many rosaries Dorothy said in her lifetime. I remember riding in car with her and we always said the rosary. Sending all my love and hugs.

  3. Sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences to the family.

  4. Condolences to the family of this wonderful lady. She lived her life well and in service to others, and left a legacy that will endure in her memory. God Bless each of you.

  5. Our thought and prayers are with you all. I remember the family when we lived in the Bremen community. May God bless you all as I remember a lovely family.

  6. Our sympathies to all Dorothy’s family. God (and Fran) decided it was time to call Dorothy home. Our prayers to you.

  7. Wish we could be there to say goodbye to our dear aunt and see the cousins. We are out of the country but our thoughts are with you guys.
    Ken Knudsen clan


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