Sikorski - (Obit Leader)
Sikorski - (Obit Leader)

In Memory of Leslie O'Connell

June 4, 1960 - August 26, 2021

Leslie A. O’Connell, age 61, of Hayward, WI passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at her home.

Leslie Ann was born June 4,1960 in Ottawa, IL, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Klein) Freeman

She was raised in Ottawa and graduated from high school there in 1978. Leslie began work for Home Administration in Ottawa where she worked in the office. She then worked for Stauffer’s Fitness Center helping people with their dietary plans. Later, she worked for JJ Grundy supporting the sales force. Leslie served as secretary and treasurer for Starved Rock Ducks Unlimited in Utica, IL for eight years. While out with friends, Leslie met Mark O’Connell at Lil’ Oscar’s Tap. Leslie and Mark began dating in 1981 and in 1985 purchased the tavern where they had met. On October 19, 1991, Leslie and Mark were joined in marriage at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ottawa. They continued to operate what was called Big Mark’s Lil’ Oscar’s Tap, for nineteen years. In 2002, Leslie and Mark sold the tavern and moved to Hayward, WI. Leslie began working at Wal-Mart in Hayward where she was still employed. Leslie enjoyed fishing, flower gardening, competitive card games, puzzles and reading. She also enjoyed her love for her Labradors; first Missy, then Ellie May and then Pepper. She was active with her dart and bowling leagues where she held board positions as president and treasurer. Leslie was an excellent golfer. She was a league champion and tournament champion several times throughout her life. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her fun loving & generous spirit, ability to lend an ear, picking out the cutest Christmas pajamas, always supporting and celebrating the victories of her loved ones, and her desire to help those around her.

Leslie was survived by her husband of 29 years, Mark; son, Travis (Cynthia) O’Connell of Newark, IL; three grandchildren, Gwyneth, Vyvienn and Tanner; two brothers, John (Wendy) Freeman of Rolling Meadows, IL, Jim (Carisa) Freeman of Antioch, IL; one sister Barbara (David) Webb of Arlington Heights, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A gathering celebrating Leslie’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or Northwoods Humane Society.

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