Joanne M. O'Connell

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Joanne Marie O’Connell, 69, of Goldsboro and Aventura, FL passed away suddenly on Thursday at Wayne U.N.C. Healthcare. She is the daughter of the late John and Josephine Hutchinson, and is the wife of Tom O’Connell. Mrs. O’Connell had attended the First Assembly of God. She was instrumental in starting regular Multiple Sclerosis dinners at Logan’s and was very active in the MS Society in Goldsboro, Raleigh, and Aventura, FL. She was the owner and operator of Porky’s Pub in New York for 30 years. She loved her family and traveling with Tom seeing the world. She lit up every room that she walked in with her smile and made everyone feel special and loved.

No formal services will be held.

In addition to her husband, Tom, she is survived by her children, Bobby Schellhorn and wife, Alice of Clermont, FL, Lori O’Connell of Kathleen, GA, Paulette Dinulos and husband James of Portsmouth, NH, Tommy O’Connell Jr. and wife, Lisa of Bohemia, NY, and James O’Connell and wife, Jackie of Oakdale, NY; two sisters, Janet Clayton (twin), of Goldsboro, Joyce Price and husband, Tony of Evans, GA; a special sister in law, Pat O’Connell of Goldsboro; she is also mourned by her best friend in life, Peggy Todarello of Oakdale, NY; 10 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest that memorials be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or through their website at www.cancer.org

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the O’Connell family and online condolences may be sent to www.shumate-faulk.com.