|Remembering Adelaura O'Connell|
Adelaura T. O'Connell, retired librarian at the interlibrary loan department, Chester Fritz Library, died June 16 at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks. She was 93.
Adelaura Theresa Lizakowski was born June 23, 1912 in rural Minto, N.D., to Vincent and Annie (Rudnik) Lizakowski. She attended school in Minto and Grafton and graduated from Central High School in Grafton. She attended UND and graduated with a degree in education from Mayville State College.
She taught school at several rural Walsh County schools, including Minto and the Grand Forks Air Force Base. She was employed at the Chester Fritz Library until her retirement in 1979.
She married Thomas B. O'Connell July 3, 1939, at St. John's Church in Grafton. They lived in Walhalla, N.D., Bemidji, Minn., and Grafton, before moving to Grand Forks in 1957. She moved to Valley Eldercare October 2004.
She enjoyed gardening, sewing, traveling and fishing. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center at UND.
She is survived by three children: Thomas J. (Jack) (Peggy) O'Connell, Patricia (Don) Berntsen and William (Bill) (Anne) O'Connell, all of Grand Forks; seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one sister, Annabella Clinton, Bella Vista, Calif., and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in 1993, and brother, Julian Lizakowski.