the passing of jeanette dekoning o’connell

REMA is saddened to announce the passing of Jeanette DeKoning O’Connell, Mother of retired Sergeant Dennis O’Connell. She was born in 1923, on May 11th, to the late Leonard and Trina Vander Weide DeKoning in North Haledon, New Jersey. She passed on November 13th, and is now reunited with her husband James O’Connell, son Kevin, Daughter Mary Jean Mass, her sisters Ada Kugel, Ruth Shuart, brothers Nick and John DeKoning.

Jeanette and James lived in Williston Park, NY, where they were very active in the community and their churches, raising six children there, before retiring to Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

Jeanette will be lovingly remembered for her love, intelligence, curiosity, creativity, passion and her pride in her children.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (David) McKeon, James (Phyllis), Donald (Maureen) and Dennis (Jean) O’Connell, 13 grandchildren and her 26 great grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.


The entire REMA family sends condolences and prayers to Dennis and his family. May Jeanette rest in peace.


Cards can be sent to REMA and they will forwarded to the family.

PO Box 7435
Wantagh, NY  11793
Attn:  Dennis O’Connell