Carolyn O'Connell

February 8, 1947 ~ August 6, 2010

Carolyn O'Connell, age 63, passed away Friday, August 6, 2010, at a local hospital after a courageous battle against leukemia.

Born February 8, 1947, in Lake Charles to the late Karlva and Audrey Fournerat, she was a resident of Sweetlake. Carolyn was a faithful and devout catholic, having been the choir director for many years at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church along with St. Patrick's Chapel. Playing music for mass was one of Carolyn's greatest joys. Her music ministry always gave her a great feeling of closeness and service to her Lord, to whom she loved so dearly. Carolyn also adored her choir members, always having a great spirit while leading them and also throughout her life with her family and friends. Although Carolyn will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, heaven has gained another angel yesterday as she passed on.

Survivors include her loving husband of 39 years, Ken O'Connell of Sweetlake; her three children, Carol Olmsted and husband, Max of Lake Charles, David O'Connell, I, and wife, Christie of Conroe, TX, and Missy LaRue and husband, Brian of Lake Charles; two sisters, Shirley Raftopoulos and husband, Paul of Solvang, CA, and Judi Taylor and husband, Tommy of Sweetlake; nine grandchildren, Amanda Mouhot and husband, Jeremy, Megan Johnson, Caldon Olmsted, Chace Olmsted, Chelsea O'Connell, David O'Connell, II, Samantha O'Connell, Bradley LaRue, and Alex LaRue; three great-grandchildren, Brayden and Madalynn Mouhot, and Teagan Johnson; four special nephews and a special niece, Daniel, Jeremy, and Bryan Taylor, and Christopher and Anastacia Raftopoulos; and a host of very special and close cousins and friends.

Her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 10, 2010. Msgr. Harry Greig will officiate. Burial will follow in Grand Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 9, from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again on Tuesday, August 10, from 9 a.m. until time of service. A rosary will be prayed Monday evening at 6:30 p.m.

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  1. After living next door to her many years, she was a wonderful neighbor. Everyone in Grandlake will miss her. We will all be together agin someday.

  2. Carolyn O'Connell is a person I deeply admired. Heaven must be brighter, and has more laughter today because she is there. I cried when I recalled the last mass I celebrated with Carolyn 2 weeks ago. After playing the organ for the entrance, the Psalms and the alleluia, she sat down next to me and said: Baby, the organ chair makes it so hard to breathe. That was said with a smile! No one I know fought cancer with a smile as constant and as wide as Carolyn did. I will miss her dearly. Rest in God Dear Carolyn. I have no doubt you are in his embrace.

  3. Carolyn was a friend of mine.Enjoyed being part of the choir .Carolyn always made feel we were family. Always worried about my well being even with the illnesses she was facing. I've lost a true friend. R.I.P. Carolyn! love, Desiree'

  4. Dear Carol, David Missy,My deepest condolences to you the family at this time of great loss. Carolyn was a most gracious lady, a faith-filled lady will be greatly missed. She was a most courageous person, fighting until the end. I, so admired her for the way she stood by your dad. I was blessed to have known her. All my love you are in my prayer's Mrs. Barbara

  5. I am so sorry I can't be there. Carolyn and I played for many a wedding and mass. Her talent was truley God given.Susan and I will keep you all in our prayers.I will miss her.Terry M.Beard

  6. I truly regret finding out a month late of Carolyn's passing. She was a dear and genuine person who gave her all to what she believed in. I had the honor of befriending Carolyn and Ken and their children years ago when I worked with Fr. Sam Jacobs at St. Mary of the Lake Church. My condolences to you, Ken, and to your children. My prayers go out for all of you.

  7. I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Carolyn. She was always very friendly and had a smile on her face. I know she will be missed by many. I pray God will give you all the strength to walk through this dark time in your lives. God Bless…Pete

  8. My grandmother was a hero in my eyes. She was a brave women who conquered many battles. She helped anyone who needed help even if she was struggling herself. Mawmaw carolyn always said to me if you put your mind to it you can do anything, she never said you couldnt do anything. Mawmaw was always kind to new people she met. Like Aunt Judy said she did win against cancer and got to the grand prize she gets to be in heaven. And even though im going to miss her shes in a better place with granny and pawpaw karl may they all rest in peace. Mawmaw i love you with all my heart.

  9. The world has lost a very special person. Carolyn had such spirt, glamour, personality, I'm sure her soul is still around, probably talking St Peter's head off about now. And so to Ken, David, Carol, Missy, Shirley and Judi, may your friends and family give you comfort now. May the sadness fade leaving only the happy memories. (I can still hear her laughter) Peace be with you all. Love, Sharon and John

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