Virginia M. “Ginny” (Reisch) O’Connell

Virginia M. “Ginny” (Reisch) O’Connell

Virginia M. “Ginny” (Reisch) O’Connell, age 79, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:53 p.m., on Monday, February 18, 2019, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Ginny’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 22, 2019, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Ginny’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Ginny was born on November 27, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa, daughter of Albert J. and Lucille (Herkes) Reisch.

Ginny was born, raised and a life-long resident of Dubuque, where she graduated from the Immaculate Conception Academy, Class of 1958. She was united in marriage to Robert O’Connell, on January 25, 1964, in Dubuque, and they were blessed with 3 adored children. Ginny was a hard worker and began her career with Roshek’s “Packet” Room cafeteria, then started doing in home day care, as well as working at Mount St. Francis for 35 years, until her well earned retirement in 2017. Ginny was a long time member of Holy Trinity Church whose faith was extremely important to her, and helped her graciously deal with life’s ups and downs. When she found some free time in her day, Ginny could be found sitting quietly knitting, crocheting or sewing her next beautiful creation. She had a soft spot for all animals, and her little dog, Lexi, was a faithful companion who always brought a smile to her face. Above all, family brought the greatest joy into Ginny’s days, she loved any opportunity to spend time with the children and was especially excited when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were born and she could spend quality time with them. We are deeply saddened at losing our wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and sister, but take some comfort in knowing she is once again reunited with all of her loved ones called home ahead of her, and free from the health issues she has faced with such grace and dignity.

Those left to cherish Ginny’s memory include

her children,
Bob (Deb) O’Connell, Dubuque, IA,
Deb (Pat) Kramer, Farley, IA
and Cris (Randy) Link, Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Logan O’Connell, Sarah (Robby) Michels, Katie (Chris) Smock, Nick (Natalie Fischer) Kramer, Tonya (Danny Oberbroeckling) Link, Tiffany (Mitch) Liddle and Tara Link;

her 6 great-grandchildren,
Ethan and Hudson Michels, Kinleigh and Jaxson Smock, Mason and Maddox Liddle;

and her siblings,
Sr. Mary Lou Reisch, Dubuque, IA,
Carol Oglesby, Dubuque, IA
and John Reisch, Dubuque, IA.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Linda Reisch in infancy and Kay (Neil) Kelley; a brother, Billy Reisch in infancy; a sister-in-law, Darlene O’Connell; a brother-in-law, Gordy Oglesby; and a nephew, David Kelley.

Ginny’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates Internal Medicine, Stonehill, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of their outstanding care and support of Ginny and her family.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


View local florists here.


Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
February 21st, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Funeral Service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church
1701 Rhomberg Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
February 22nd, 2019 at 10:00 AM

One condolence for Virginia M. “Ginny” (Reisch) O’Connell
  1. Robyn Miller says:

    Ginny was a great friend and had such a sweet heart. She will forever be missed by many. I will miss our outings that we had when we could with Peggy and myself. I know Ginny loved Texas Roadhouse. Prayers to all her family and friends.

Leave a Condolence:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *