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Buena O'Connor

February 15, 1937 -
August 3, 2018

Buena O’Connor, 81, passed away Friday (Aug. 3, 2018) at Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care, Champaign.

A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Champaign, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a luncheon reception to follow. She will be laid to rest in Vardy Blackwater, Tenn., at a later date.
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Buena O’Connor, 81, passed away Friday (Aug. 3, 2018) at Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care, Champaign.

A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Champaign, at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a luncheon reception to follow. She will be laid to rest in Vardy Blackwater, Tenn., at a later date.

Buena was born Feb. 15, 1937, in Vardy Blackwater, Tenn., a daughter of Earl and Ellen Trent; she was one of six children.

She is survived by identical twin sister Euna Francisco (Bob), Beatrice Wallace, Robert James Trent (Jeane), Phyllis Myers (Dearl) and David Trent (Donna).

She married John O’Connor (deceased) Aug. 2, 1958. She is survived by her three children, Ellen Reinhart (Floyd), Dan O’Connor and Terrance O’Connor; and two grandchildren, Patrick Reinhart (Sara) and Maggie O’Connor.

Later in life, Buena and her longtime companion, Paul Somers (deceased), spent many years enjoying their life together. She was employed at Robeson’s Department Store, working in the cosmetics department until they closed. She then worked at Macy’s until she retired.

Buena was very proud of her Cherokee Indian heritage and her family history surrounding Blackwater, Tenn.

Many thanks and gratitude to the employees of Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care for their kindness and excellent care of Buena. They went beyond the call of duty, making sure she was well taken care of and taking time to visit with her; a job well done.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, please send donations to Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care or to Holy Cross Catholic Church. Online condolences can be shared with her family at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Time: 10:30 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church

Address:

405 W. Clark St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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