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Dorothy R. OConnell 1914 - 2012
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Dorothy R. OConnell 1914 - 2012

Dorothy R. O’Connell, 98, died Sept. 8 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend. Born March 10, 1914 in Bison, she was the daughter of Harvey Robert and Grace Maude (Crotinger) Timken. On June 4, 1936 she married Earl Ronald O’Connell in Bison. He died on Aug. 21, 2001. A lifetime resident of Great Bend, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. O’Connell was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend and the Great Bend Garden Club. She was an avid bridge player, a 60 year breast cancer survivor and was active in the Reach for Recovery organization.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Durheim and her husband Harold of Overland Park and Janet Schremmer and her husband Alan of Great Bend; four grandchildren, Michael Durheim, Katherine Durheim, Lori Schremmer, and Denise Schremmer; two great-grandchildren, Melissa Terryberry and Finnley Schremmer; and two great-great-grandchildren, Austin Terryberry and Zoe Terryberry. She was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Elizabeth Steinert.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend with the Rev. Lennie Maxwell officiating. Burial will be at the Great Bend Cemetery. Friends may visit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., today at Bryant Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church or Hospice Care of Kansas, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by    
Bryant Funeral Home*         
1425 Patton Road       
Great Bend, Ks. 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Sept. 11, 2012