Gretta (Margretta) Grace Healey O’Connor, 93, died July 15, 2017 in Falls Church, Va.
She was the wife of John O’Connor, who preceded her in death in February 2010.
Born in Carbondale on June 17, 1924, to Frank and Elizabeth Wasman Healey, Gretta was a 1942 graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School.
Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. with several Carbondale friends, and became a “government girl” during World War II, working at the Office of Price Administration.
She remembered those years fondly, keeping a guest book with the signatures of all they met during that time.
After the war she moved to New York City to live with her sister, Jeanne Healey, and worked for a large apartment rental company in Stuyvesant Town.
During this time she was introduced to her husband, Jack, who was a teacher in a Baltimore, Md. suburb.
They married on Aug. 8, 1959, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Carbondale, and moved to Linthicum, Md., where they resided in the same home for 50 years.
They were charter members of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church in Linthicum. She was also the secretary of the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church for many years. Gretta and Jack enjoyed many summers at their cottage at Newton Lake, near her brother and sisters.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and is survived by twin daughters, Ellen Horne and husband, Tripp, Annandale, Va.; Karen Nesbitt and husband, Marty, Easton, Pa.; five grandchildren, Charles and Claire Horne, and Lauren Nesbitt Pusateri, Martin and Jack Nesbitt. She is also survived by a sister, Rosemari Healey Stephens, of Newton Lake; and a brother, Frank Healey, of Archbald.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack Healey; and two sisters, Jeanne Healey and Ann Healey Connolly.
The family will remember her strong spirit, sense of humor,her unfailing devotion to her children, grandchildren and her Catholic faith. She cooked wonderful soups and pies, loved decorating her home, and had several beloved cats through the years.
The funeral was Saturday, July 22 from the Brennan and Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows, Finch Hill.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 N. Church St., Carbondale, PA 18407 in Gretta and John O’Connor’s names. Online condolences www.brennanfuneralhomes.com.