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Elizabeth ‘Ann’ O’Connell

(Ann Durkes)

Published: Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST

LAKE BLUFF – Elizabeth “Ann” O’Connell, neé Durkes, 60, of Lake Bluff, formerly of Chicago and Dixon, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

She retired from W.W. Grainger in 1999. Ann was a board member and active in the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Chicago. She was the founder of MS Chicago.

She was the loving wife of Michael J. O’Connell; beloved daughter of Richard S. and Betty Ann Durkes neé Wehn; cherished sister of Richard W. (Clementina) Durkes, Donald S. (Diana) Durkes, Jeffrey L. Durkes, Susan W. Durkes and Margaret W. (Kenneth) Hoogs; and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the funeral at 1 p.m., Friday at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. Interment will be private. Wenban Funeral Home in Lake Forest is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, 525 W. Monroe St., Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60661.

Visit www.wenbanfh.com to send condolences. 

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