Dorene A. O’Connor, age 96, of Herscher passed away Thursday, December3, 2020 at Harvest View Senior Living in Herscher. She was born March 18, 1924 in Kankakee, the daughter of Frank & Faye (Ferris) Ader. Dorene married Russell O’Connor on June 4, 1943 at St. James Catholic Church in Irwin. He preceded her in death on January 17, 1979.

Dorene helped her husband with the operation of the family farm. She had also worked at the Bear Brand Hosiery Company. Dorene enjoyed traveling. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Dorene was a longtime parishioner of St. James Catholic Church in Irwin and a member of the St. Margaret Mary CCW in Herscher.

Surviving are two sons and two daughters-in-law, Dennis and Sue Ann O’Connor of Herscher and Glen and Marcia O’Connor of Bloomington; two daughters, Diane Castongue of Ocala, FL and Susan Kuntz of Kankakee; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Marion McKenna of Herscher. In addition to her husband, Russell O’Connor, Dorene is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Joseph Ader and Gene Ader; one sister, Frances Elliot; and one son-in-law, Gary Castongue.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, December 18, 2020 at St. James Catholic Church in Irwin. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, face masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow at St. James Cemetery in Irwin.

Memorials may be made to Harvest View Senior Living or Uplifted Care.

Please sign her guestbook at www.clancygernon.com.