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Julia T. O’Connell

July 18, 1944 - November 12, 2017 Harbeson, DE | Age 73 Loving Wife, Mother, Sister and Friend

Julia T. O’Connell, age 73 of Harbeson, DE passed away on Sunday, November 12th, 2017 after a 6 year courageous and hard fought battle with Multiple Myeloma. She was the wife of John T. O’Connell, with whom she shared nearly 52 years of marriage.

Julia was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late James McEntire and the late Julia Hamlet McEntire. She graduated from West Catholic High School and later resided in Unionville, PA for about 30 years before retiring to Harbeson, DE with her husband, John.

Julia worked as an administrative assistant at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square for 25 years before retiring in 2005.

Julia deeply loved her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. Julia also loved the beach. For 31 years, John and Julia would take an annual trip to Ocean City, NJ, where they always made a point of stopping by Mack’s Pizza to grab a slice. Every Sunday, she would walk the boardwalk with friends and end their excursion with a well-deserved glass of wine. Julia was also known for her volunteer work with the Rehoboth Art League where she would aid the organization in preparing for the art show held each year among other projects throughout the year.

Julia is survived by her husband, John T. O’Connell; her brother, Jim McEntire; her children, Terry O’Connell, John O’Connell, Julie Anne Wentzel (John) and Paul O’Connell (Tracy); as well as her grandchildren, Brennan, Jack, Justin, Julia and PJ.

You are invited to visit with her family and friends from 8:30 am – 10:30 am on Friday morning, November 17th at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348). A mass will follow at St. Patrick Church (212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA, 19348) beginning at 11:00 am. The family also invites you to join them for a reception following mass at the Hilton Garden Inn (815 E Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348).

Memorial contributions can be made in Julia’s memory to Tunnell Cancer Center, 18947 John J Williams Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971.

Arrangements made by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home.

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Memorial Donations

Tunnell Cancer Center

18947 John J Williams Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971



November 17, 2017 8:30 am - 10:30 am Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Funeral Mass

November 17, 2017 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA


November 17, 2017 Following Mass Hilton Garden Inn
815 E Baltimore Pike
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Julie and family, Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Denise Orndorff Stengel

    Denise Orndorff Stengel | November 17, 2017 at 9:27 PM
  2. Dear Julie & Family,
    My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time. I know how close all of you are. Praying God will comfort you in the dates and weeks ahead.


    Pam Brittingham | November 17, 2017 at 7:46 PM
  3. I worked with Julie at New Bolton Center. She was one of the kindest people I have ever had the privilege to work with. In a place where there was so much backbiting and gossip, I never heard her say an unkind word about anyone. She even was kind about people who treated her badly. I mentioned it to her once when I was upset about two-faced people. She said just because you don’t trust people you shouldn’t let them change who you are and you should always be you or they win. It is a blessing to know we will meet again. Trusting God to minister His Grace and His Peace to you as you process her passing. Terry Fyock

    Terry L Fyock | November 17, 2017 at 1:49 PM
  4. I was so sorry to hear of Julie’s passing. I knew Julie from work here at New Bolton Center. She was always a familiar face in the building even after she retired. She would always come back to the holiday parties we have in our building on campus, and we enjoyed catching up with her . I know you will miss her terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Glenda Reynolds | November 17, 2017 at 8:36 AM
  5. Louse, you drove off the cliff without me! Will miss you forever and a day! Love, Thelma (and Joe).

    Pat O'Connell | November 16, 2017 at 5:36 PM
  6. Sorry… but there’s a p.s. to my first guestbook signing…. and it interjects a little levity into an otherwise devastating time.
    I will never ever be able to look at another mushroom again, or clean them, or cook them without thinking about my dear Julie, and of
    course Jack. They go together!!
    When they would travel up to Kennett Square she would put out an e-mail to some of us shroom lovers in the community to give us a heads up that they were going and to put your order in in a timely fashion. It was way cheaper at the mushroom farms up there than in the supermarket.
    I would get the 10 lb. box of mixed/exotic mushrooms. I first started off small with the 5 lb. box and split it with someone… but as you know
    mushrooms may look like a lot before they’re cooked and then they shrink!!! And we had to wait for their trips to get them.
    So next came the 10 lb. box. When they got back from their jaunt to Kennett Square, they would drive around the community bringing
    the shrooms to all who ordered. Us shroom lovers waited anxiously for that delivery. And then I proceeded to spend the better part of that day wiping them off and partially cooking each variety and putting them in ziploc bags to go into the freezer!!! Boy did the house smell good… How I missed that when we moved away in 2016!!! So on Wednesday, Nov. 15th, when her obituary came out, and I was reading my Community section of our local newspaper, and it was the “foodie” section…. There was a 2 page story that made me hold my breath and cry…. The food editor had run an article on… yes you guessed it Mushrooms along with recipes and her story of going up to… Kennett Square, where her husband was from, visiting with old friends and finding out all about what the big deal was about these Mushrooms in the Kennett Square area and the Mushroom Farms, her husband always talked about. She was a southerner and had no idea. She went to a local mushroom farmer and got the scoop. Reading that article brought back so many memories… I’ve never cried reading an article about food, but this one touched my heart so, and ever more so since it was the same day of her obituary. She was coming through loud and clear!!!

    Janet and Denis O'Connor | November 16, 2017 at 2:34 PM
  7. Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to the O’Connell/McEntire families. Julie, as she was known to us, was a dear friend since we got to know her and Jack, as we lived in the same community, The Trails of Beaver Creek in Harbeson. We enjoyed many pastimes together and with all the friends at TBC. Among them, volunteering with her at the Rehoboth Art League for many mailings, events, etc., playing Mah Jongg at the clubhouse and each other’s homes… Birthday lunches/dinners, Bus trips to various places, and just getting together for the sake of getting together!!! We will remember her brave struggle with her cancer and lending a helping hand and many meals for her and Jack to get through it all. Who wouldn’t do it for such caring, giving people. Even though we moved away in 2016, we still remained closely in touch with them. I am so glad that this year in May we were able to make a stop in Harbeson and she was part of a group of us girls who went out to lunch, and then dinner that night with some couples. We treasure that last time that we spent with her, not knowing at the time that it would be the last time that we would see her. We are so deeply saddened by her loss and will miss her dearly. Jack and the rest of the family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and especially with the holidays coming up.
    Janet & Denis O’Connor

    Janet and Denis O'Connor | November 16, 2017 at 12:35 PM
  8. Terry & Brennan – So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother/grandmother. We will keep you both in our prayers.

    Robin & Morgan Davis

    Robin Davis | November 16, 2017 at 10:52 AM
  9. Our friendship began with our mutual interest in collecting those little, lighted Christmas houses. As our homes ran out of space, our friendship continued to grow. You leave behind a legacy of kindness, generosity and love of family and friends. We will miss you deeply, Julie, but will find comfort and strength with our fond memories.
    Nancy and Ken Flacco

    Nancy Flacco | November 16, 2017 at 8:15 AM
  10. Terry, So sorry for the loss of your mother.She was a wonderful person, friend & Client for many years, So sadly missed by everyone that new her. My Condolences……. Kathleen Mirarchi

    Kathleen Mirarchi | November 15, 2017 at 5:52 PM
  11. Terry,

    I am so sorry on the loss of your mother. She sounds like she was a wonderful lady and well loved by many.
    My condolences…..,,,Alison Gooding

    Alison Gooding | November 15, 2017 at 2:03 PM

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