July 13, 2023
Our loving wife, mother, nana and friend Peggy Marie O'Connell passed away surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, July 8th, 2023 at her happy place, the lake house. A Wake Service will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sidney, NE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 14, 2023 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with Father C.P. Varghese and Father Bryan Ernest officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Sidney. Services will be livestreamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page.
There will be no public viewing. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel to sign Peggy's book and leave condolences.
You may view Peggy's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at http://www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Peggy's care and funeral arrangements.
Peggy, the daughter of Dorothy and Marvin Kettler, was born in Sidney, NE on November 18th, 1953. She graduated from Sidney High School in 1972 and got engaged to the love of her life at her Senior Prom. They moved to Fort Collins, CO where Peggy worked for Dellenbach Chevrolet while Tom attended CSU. Tom and Peg moved back to Sidney in 1976 where they settled down and began to build their life and family together.
Peggy had many jobs through the years including working for the local high school, bank and most recently for Cabela's/Bass Pro. She always found her most important role to be raising her family and caring for others. Even in her sickest of days she was still ensuring those around her were taken care of and always put everyone else's wants and needs first.
She had an amazing sense of humor, enjoyed gambling, traveling, spending time at the lake house, golfing, baking, playing games, instigating the family water fights and spending every moment possible with her granddaughters.
Peggy is survived by her husband Tom O'Connell Jr, daughter Jenna Beck and husband Brandon and their daughters Ellie and Jaden of Grand Island, NE. Her son Michael O'Connell and his wife Kaylee of Sidney. Her sister Virginia Olson of Sidney, brother Dale Kettler and wife Bonnie of Springfield, MO, sister-in-law Heather Kettler of Muskegon, MI and numerous extended family members.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Dorothy Kettler and brothers David and Don Kettler.
Peggy Lived her life by a few simple rules:
Help Each Other
Always Tell the Truth
Do Your Best
Keep Your Promises
Pay with Hugs and Kisses
Use Kind Words
Don't Be Afraid to Laugh at Yourself
And Most Importantly Say I LOVE YOU
May she rest in peace.