Father James M. O’Connor, age 94 a retired priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, died Dec. 27, 2019 at Sonas Nursing Home in Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.
Father was born in Ireland and was ordained to the priesthood March 8, 1952 at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., by Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter for the Diocese of Lincoln.
Father O’Connor served as parochial vicar at St. Andrew Parish in Tecumseh, St. Cecilia in Hastings and Assumption in Dwight. He served as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Wallace, St. William in Wellfleet, Resurrection in Elsie, St. Joseph in Superior, Sacred Heart in Nelson, St. Peter and Paul in Falls City, St. John in Minden, and Holy Family in Heartwell. He was the Dean in the Falls City Deanery and later the Orleans Deanery before his retirement in 2001.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 30 in St. Joseph Church, Milltown. Burial was in the Kilgevrin Cemetery.