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HARDWICK – Bette L. O’Connor, 81, of Hardwick died on Wednesday, June 28. She was born in Montpelier, on November 16, 1941, to Edward J. and Ruth (Copeland) Rogers.
Bette graduated from Cabot High School in 1959 and from Vermont College in Montpelier in 1961. Bette married Dan E. O’Connor of Hardwick on September 1, 1962, at the Trinity Methodist Church in Montpelier. Dan predeceased Bette on April 18, 2002. They were united on Earth for forty years and are now reunited in Heaven for eternity.
Bette is survived by her daughter, Carmel Thomas (and Rob Martin) of Waterbury Center, her son James O’Connor (and Shannon) of Manchester, N.H., and her son Dan O’Connor Jr. (and Jamie) of Elgin, Minn. Bette is also survived by her seven grandchildren; Ryan O’Connor and wife Sara, Alex Thomas and wife Rachel, Jaime Thomas and husband Joey Roberts, Caitlin O’Connor and husband Dayton Halverson, Bridget O’Connor, Allyson O’Connor, and Patrick O’Connor as well as eight great-grandchildren; Ryleigh, Emily, Ivy and Ruby O’Connor, Charlotte, Emelia and Jameson Thomas, and Cohen Halverson. She also leaves her sister Sara Joyal of Melbourne, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for the family will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in Bette’s memory to the Lamoille Area Cancer Network, 198 Farr Avenue, Morrisville, VT. Arrangements are with the des Groseilliers Funeral Home, 97 Church Street, Hardwick. Condolences and memories of Bette may be conveyed to the family at