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Rosemary "Rosie" O'Connell

Rosemary "Rosie" O'Connell

August 3, 2020

Rosemary “Rosie” O’Connell, 74 of Eau Claire (formerly from Bloomer) passed away on April 2, 2020, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Altoona after battling Alzheimer’s and Dementia for many years.

Rosie was born on December 30, 1945, in Bloomer, WI, the daughter of Vernon and Helene (Shopek) Marek. She grew up in Bloomer and graduated from Bloomer High School in 1965. On April 4, 1970, she married Ronald O’Connell at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer.

Rosie received her Beautician license through an apprenticeship that she maintained all her life. She worked as a waitress at Birch Point on Marshmiller Lake for several years. She worked at Cray Research which later became SGI for 15 plus years. Toward the end of her working years she worked on the front end at Mega West in Eau Claire.

The church was a big part of Rosie’s life. She served as Eucharistic Minister, reader, CCD teacher at St. Jude Catholic Church in New Auburn. Later she served in all those capacities as well as served on the PCCW at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire. Rosie was a long-time member of the Jim Falls Lions Club, where her passion was advocating for the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, WI. In her spare time, she liked to clean house, listen to county music and attend concerts. She was an avid Packer fan and loved to cheer on her team. Rosie also loved spending time with her family, friends, and especially her daughter. She was and always will be remembered as a great “jokester.”

Rosie is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Ron of Chippewa Falls; daughter, Becky (Thomas) Pratt of Chippewa Falls; sister, Beverly (Marcel) Sobotta of Bloomer; brother, Skip Marek of Woodbury, MN; many nieces, nephews, friends; and her four-legged friend, “Kodi.”

She was proceeded in death by her parents, aunts, and uncles.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 NOON, Friday, August 21, 2020, at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer with Father Victor Feltes celebrating the Mass. This service will be broadcasted live on the Thompson Funeral Home Facebook Page. Memorial visitation will be held from 10-11:45 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer. Burial will follow the mass at Saint Paul’s North Catholic Cemetery in Bloomer. Please note, face coverings will be required at all locations.

The family would like to thank Care Partners Assisted Living of Altoona as well as St. Croix Hospice for all of the care given to Rosie.

Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.


Memorial visitation will be held from 10-11:45 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer.


Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 NOON, Friday, August 21, 2020, at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer.

Florist Information

Christianson Floral in Chippewa Falls - All flowers should be delivered to the funeral home by 8:30 a.m. Friday, August 21.


  • ROMIE AND KATHY SWAN AND MIKE AND MICHELLE (SWAN) LAWRENCE O'Connell Family: We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of Rosie. My father and mother, Romie and Kathy Swan, shared good times with Rosie and Ron when they were all members of the Jim Falls Lions Club. They remember having good times at the Lions conventions they went to together. My father loves to be a jokester and Rosie and him would always joke about many things with each other. My parents were very sad to hear about her passing. We offer our deepest condolences on her loss.

    August 17 at 9:09am

  • Dee Rihn So sorry for your loss I knew you both for many years. She'll be missed, she was always fun to be with.

    August 8 at 3:30pm

  • Naomi Much Dear family of Rosie.
    You have my sympathy. It is hard to lose loved ones. Keep all your good memories in your hearts. She is with Jesus and there is where she wanted to be. God bless all of you.

    April 16 at 5:15pm

  • Rita Clark Prayers for you and your family. Always had so much fun with rosie when we drove cars. Want you to know Charlie is on hospice and failing more everyday. Thank you for being such a good friend to him. God bless you. Rita and Charlie Clark

    April 10 at 7:37PM

  • Ronnie Michels Thoughts and prayers to the family.

    April 8 at 7:09PM

  • Ricky Richardson Your family is in our prayers.

    April 8 at 7:07PM

  • Cleo and Jim Lane Becky, Thomas and Ron so sorry for your loss. Rosie was a wonderful lady loved her so much, she is with our savior and in no pain. Our memories of her are so precious R.S.P. lovely lady. Blessing to the family, Becky, Thomas and Ron. Cleo and Jim Lane

    April 6 at 9:05PM

  • Jane Zwiefelhofer Sending Hugs & prayers to all of Rosies family!!

    April 6 at 11:25AM

  • Helen Faschingbauer So sorry for you loss. What I remember the most about Rosie is when we were in the hospital together (tonsils out). She always reminded me about how much I cried. We had many laughs about that. She will be missed.

    April 6 at 11:04AM

  • William W Ehrhard Remember that she is in a better place now, rest in peace,

    April 6 at 6:54AM

  • Tom and Joan Tremblay Rosie will be missed by all. We had so many good times working at church. Take care all.

    April 5 at 10:43PM

  • Ben, Marian, Kathryn & Grant Anderson Ronald, Becky & Thomas, We are truly saddened by your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings.

    April 5 at 10:06PM

  • Conrad Mazur We are sorry to hear of your loss! Best wishes to you all. RIP Rosie!

    April 5 at 10:00PM

  • Travis Holbrook & Family Ron & Becky sorry to hear about Rosie passing! Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! God bless!

    April 5 at 8:38PM

  • Celena Goodman So sorry for your loss. Rosie was a great supporter of us band students too. She always treated me as if Becky had a sister and opened her home to me, let me eat with you guys, and spent time together. She did give me my 'hub cap' too.;-) Rest in peace Rosie.

    April 5 at 7:57PM

  • Greg Pryor Ron,
    I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family.

    April 5 at 7:35PM

  • Jeff Simonson Sorry to hear this she was a great lady she definitely kept ron on his toes once again i am sorry to hear that rosie passed away she will be missed by many people

    April 5 at 7:16PM

  • John, Kaycee, & Jack Ron, Becky, & Thomas - We are so deeply sorry for your loss and hope that you can feel our love and prayers surrounding you all while you process and grieve. Please let us know if you need anything and know that we are always here for you.

    April 5 at 7:16PM

  • Jim & Sandra Schroeder Uncle Ronnie, Becky and Thomas so sorry to hear about Rosie passing. Know we are thinking about you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    April 5 at 7:09PM

  • Tom and Joan Schwartz Ron sorry for your loss and I am sure she is looking down on you from heaven. It sad to loose someone so close but she is happier now and can rest in peace. Take care.

    April 4 at 6:59PM

  • Peggy J Lauer So sorry to hear about my dear friend, Rosie. Always enjoyed shopping and going to craft shows with her. We grew up as neighbors so have known her my whole life. Many fun times we shared. Our condolences to Ronnie, Becky, Thomas and her extended family.

    Peggy and Donnie Lauer

    April 4 at 2:40PM

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