July 8, 1939 - May 16, 2014
Burial Date July 12, 2014
Obituaries » NOREEN N. O'CONNOR
O’CONNOR, NOREEN N., of South Woodbury, Vt. and Englewood, Fla., died peacefully at her home on May 16, after battling bile duct cancer. She was born on July 8, 1939 in Brooklyn, N. Y. to Edward and Margaret (Boyle) Carr. Noreen graduated from Catherine McCauley High School in 1956 and attended St. John’s University in Brooklyn, N. Y. She received her BA from Goddard College in Plainfield in 1977, and her M. Ed from the University of Vermont in 1981. Noreen lived on Long Island from 1960 to 1973 where she worked to get phosphates banned from use and taught special needs children for BOCES. From 1973 to 2008 Noreen lived a “back to the earth” lifestyle in Vermont. She taught and promoted the rights of women, the disabled, and underprivileged. Later in her career she became a distinguished administrator for the state, chartered to implement Title IX in Vermont’s vocational educational centers and served on the state judicial review board. Noreen was a member on many local governmental boards, many as the first woman. Noreen was a great cook and loved feeding mobs of friends. She adored both her husbands and was an avid gardener in both Vermont and Florida. Her favorite “therapy” was weeding. She passed far too soon and will be missed by her family and her many friends. Noreen married Michael J. O’Connor in 1959, predeceasing her in 1997. She is survived by her husband of 6 years, Phillip Quatrale, of Englewood, Fla. She leaves four children, son Brian O’Connor and wife Marybeth James-O’Connor, of Brunswick, Maine; son Terence O’Connor and wife Sherri Molleur, of Greensboro Bend; daughter Deirdre O’Connor and husband Jacob George, of Newton, Mass.; son Sean O’Connor and wife Denise, of Portland, Ore.; and eight grandchildren. A celebration of Noreen’s life is planned for Saturday, July 12, 2014, beginning at noon, at her home in Vermont.