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  • Visitation:  2-4 p.m.  Sunday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  10:00 a.m.  Monday at St. Charles Church

Thomas P. O’Connor, age 89, of Greenville, died Thursday morning, Jan. 8, 2009 at Metron of Greenville. The son of Edmond & Honora (Stutt) OConnor, he was born on Feb. 6, 1919 in Fowler.

A decorated veteran of World War II, Tom served with the U.S. Army and fought in the African, Middle Eastern, and European theatres. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for showing courage and valor in combat.

Tom was a member of both the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101 and the Cleveland-Wolverton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3496, as well as St. Charles Catholic Church.

On Aug. 17, 1946, in Belding, he married Donna G. Topper-Martin and they raised three children while Tom worked as a carpenter building homes, businesses, and churches throughout the area.

Together, Tom and Donna enjoyed traveling which took them to 43 states, five Canadian provinces, and also Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Marcia Lynn Martin; three sisters, Ellen C. Smith, Mary Feuerstein, and Margaret Carr; and two brothers, William OConnor and Edmond OConnor, Jr..

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Donna OConnor of Greenville; three children, Leroy & Carole Martin of Belding, Dennis M. OConnor of New Mexico, and Judy OConnor of Greenville; four grandchildren, James Martin-Overcast, Thomas Martin-Overcast, Donna & Michael Isaacs, and Mac & Tricia OConnor; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, with the Rev. Father Phil Salmonowicz presiding. Military honors will conclude the ceremonies and burial will take place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.

Visitation is Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to St. Charles Catholic Church will be available.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Toms online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on January 8, 2009 at 12:00 am


    01/18/2009 –

    Clyde Smith

    Dear Donna,
    I am sorry that I missed Uncle Tom’s funeral. I can never remember a time when Uncle Tom did not show me a sincere feeling of kindness. He will be in my thoughts and will be missed.
    May he rest in peace and enter into eternal happiness with God.
    Clyde Smith and Family

    01/11/2009 –

    Ronnie and Patty Shindledecker

    Judy, we were so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. We wanted you to know we were thinking of you. We were out of town on Sunday and couldn’t make it for the visitation. If there is anything we can do for you, just let us know. Hope to see you soon. Ronnie and Patty

    01/09/2009 –

    Frank Anderson

    My sympathies go out to Donna, my old friend Leroy and his brother Dennis and sister Judy. Leroy i remember our times at Cooks Corners where your parents and mine ( Carl and Rhea Anderson) lived and laughed and raised us all well. My memories of your dad and my parents will live with me always as your friendship with me endures.
    Frank Anderson

    01/09/2009 –

    Bob and Pat Roehm

    So sorry to learn of your loss. The family and Thomas are in our prayers.

    Leslie Anne Wood

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family and praying for you at this difficult time.

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