Aunt Flossie (O’Driscoll) O’Connell

Florence Evangeline (O’Driscoll) O’Connell

Aunt Flossie, as she was known, was born in Jun 1872 in Wisconsin, daughter of Daniel and Sarah O’Driscoll. Flossie married Joseph P. O’Connell, son of John O’Connell and Margaret Nolan. He was born in Mar 1855 in Wisconsin. He lived in Town of Scott, Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 1860-1880.

From a letter written by Sarah O’Driscoll to her daughter, Flossie, we learn that Flossie was educated in a Catholic School. Her Loving Mother refers to the Sisters of the School and asked if Flossie was learning how to sew. Flossie also recently learned embroidery. Here is a copy of the letter.[1]

Letter to Flossie from Sarah, her mother

Letter to Flossie from Sarah, her mother

The following article was published in a newspaper. It was probably not the Milwaukee paper but one near Beechwood:

The marriage of Miss Florence Driscoll of Milwaukee and Joseph P. O’Connell of Beechwood was solemnized in the St. Matthew Catholic church in Milwaukee on 7 Jan 1897 by the Rev. F. Ryan. The church was decorated with Christmas greens and natural flowers. Promptly at 10 o’clock Mrs. Kane, who presided at the organ, struck up the wedding march of Mendelssohn and the wedding party marched to the altar in the following order: Miss Eleanor Sullivan of Milwaukee, maid of honor; Margaret O’Connell, sister of the groom; Atty. N.J. Rooney of Plymouth; Miss Nettie Clancey of Milwaukee; and Jas. O’Connell, brother of the groom. The party divided at the altar, forming an aisle through which the bride passed leaning on the arm of her father. The groom and groomsmen, D.C. O’Connell (brother of the groom), met the bride at the sanctuary, where she was given away by her father.

The bride was attired in a high-necked gown of white nun’s veiling trimmed with lace and orange blossoms. The tulle veil was attached to a high coiffure fastened with orange blossoms. She carried bride’s roses. The bride’s maids wore cream gowns of cashmere trimmed with smilax and and lilies of the valley. They carried large bouquets of pink roses. Each maid received a beautiful ring-gifts from the bride.

The ceremony was largely attended and at the conclusion thereof a reception was given, at the home of the bride’s father, to immediate friends.

The couple left Milwaukee on an evening train for a weddinig tour, but they will be at home in Beechwood after Jan. 20th.

Joseph and Flossie remained only a short time in Beechwood, returning to Milwaukee before the birth of their first child, Dorothy Gabriella born 22 December 1897. Their second child was born 19 December 1899 and Eugene Paul, their first son, was born 22 June 1901. These three children died as infants.

In 1900 we find Joseph and Flossie living in Greenfield, WI, which is just south of Wauwatosa. By June 1905, their home was in Wauwatosa. The 1910 federal census shows us Flossie living with her father Daniel. She is listed as divorced, although we do not know if Joseph and Flossie divorced or just separated. Perhaps Joseph was ill. He died at St. Joseph Hospital in Dec 1911 at the age of 56. His death notice gives tribute to his beloved wife Florence, so the couple may have still been married. Joseph is buried in the family plot in Calvary Catholic cemetery.

Flossie died on 23 Apr 1937 at the age of 64 at her home at 1009 S. 22nd St. and is also buried in Calvary cemetery. Photos of her stone can be found in the gallery.

Florence Evangeline O’Driscoll and Joseph P. O’Connell had the following children:

  • Dorothy Gabriella O’Connell, born 22 Dec 1897. died 13 Aug 1898
  • Margaret France O’Connell, born 19 Dec 1899 in Wisconsin; died 7 May 1902
  • Eugene Paul O’Connell (also seen as Daniel), born 22 Apr 1901 in Milwaukee; died 2 Sep 1901, age 4 months 11 days.
  • Robert “Bob” Phillip O’Connell, born 26 Jun 1902 in Milwaukee; married and had children.
  • Eleanor M. O’Connell, born about Dec 1904; she became a nun; Sister Mary Patrick.
  • Ruth J. O’Connell, born 17 Jan 1906 in Milwaukee; she became a nun ; Sister Mary Brigid.

[1] From the Family Album of Kathy (O’Connell) Dennis

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