In memory of
STELLAMAE LEUER O'CONNELL July 19, 1918 ~ January 19, 2016 StellaMae Leuer O'Connell of Vancouver, WA, passed away Jan. 19, 2016. She was born July 19, 1918 in Chewelah, WA, the only child of August M. and Lena Millay Leuer. At the age of six, StellaMae and her parents moved to Spokane, WA where she attended Five Mile Grade School, graduated in 1936 from North Central High School and then Eastern Washington University with a degree in Education. She moved to Vancouver in 1941 and accepted a teaching position at Lincoln Elementary, which played a large role in StellaMae's life. She met Claude "Skeet" O'Connell, who was also teaching there. They married in 1943 and were married for 69 years when he died on July 14, 2012. After many years away from teaching to raise her children, she returned to Lincoln and taught in the HOSTS Reading Program for 22 years as a volunteer. Both of StellaMae's children as well as her two grandchildren also attended Lincoln Elementary. She was a talented seamstress, tole painter, rug braider, quilter, and gardener. She loved to dance, practice yoga and tai chi and enjoyed 50 years in PEO. StellaMae and Skeet spent 22 winters in Palm Springs, had lovely trips to Hawaii and a trip to Europe. StellaMae is survived by her son, Patrick "Rick" O'Connell (Sally); daughter, Kathy Friberg (Philip); two grandchildren, Robbin K. Rose (Brian) and John R. Windus (Jen); and great-grandchildren, Levi Rose, Arden and Foster Windus. We were all very blessed by our mom's life and we will miss her dearly. A memorial service will be held at Touchmark at Fairway Village, 2911 SE Village Loop, Vancouver, WA 98683 on Tues., Jan. 26, 2016 at 1:00p.m. Her family would like to thank all of the caregivers and nurses who lovingly helped her during the last years at Touchmark. We would also like to thank Nina and Julie from Hospice SW for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Clark College Foundation, in memory of Skeet O'Connell, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663 360-992-2301 Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits .
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