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Sara K. (Sweeney) O’Connor

Sara K. (Sweeney) O’Connor, 80, of Scott Hill Road, Ipswich, died peacefully in her home Friday, December 3, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Born in Lynn on November 3, 1941, the daughter of the late Philip W. Sweeney, Sr. and Cyrenne (Monahan) Sweeney, Sara was raised in Lynn and was a graduating member of the Lynn English High School Class of 1959. She continued her education at Michigan State University where she received her degree in Business Administration. She relocated back to Massachusetts in 1976 where she made Ipswich her home for the past 46-years.  Sara was employed with Eastern Bank for nearly 30-years, predominantly in the North Beverly and Newburyport branch locations as an officer of the bank. She was certified by the American Institute for Banking in personnel administration and remained an active member throughout her career, until her retirement in 2006.

Sara was a twenty-five-year member and chair of the Ipswich Housing Authority where she advocated for the needs of the elderly and families seeking affordable and quality living options. Sara’s deep civic involvement reflected her unwavering commitment and service to the community in which she lived as a member of the Fair Housing Committee; Council on Aging; Co-Chairperson of the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program; Social Justice & Action Committee at LaSalette Shrine; and Treasurer of IHS Football Boosters Club. She was also very active at town meetings and a prolific writer of letters to the editors of the various local newspapers.

Sara’s hobbies and interests included gardening; baking for family and friends; running and bicycling; and late afternoon swims and early sunset picnics at Crane Beach with her five children. She was also a diehard Red Sox fan who never wanted to miss a game and knew all the stats. She was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of Hope Church where for several years she taught religious education and served on several committees serving those in need.

Sara is survived by two sons, Mark P. O’Connor and his wife Priscilla of San Antonio, TX; Brian W. O’Connor and his wife Jennifer Freeman-O’Connor of Barrington, RI; three daughters, Bethlee S. McLaughlin of Palm Harbor, FL; Jessica E. Sadoway and her husband Stephen of Ipswich; Kerry Stagliano and her husband Marcus of Tarpon Springs, FL; twelve grandchildren, Andrea Garcia; Benjamin, Christopher and Daniel O’Connor; Ethan and Zachary O’Connor; Owen McLaughlin; Emily, Abigail and Jacob Sadoway; and  Sara and Ian Stagliano; a sister, Marilyn Waldrip of Newburyport; brother, John Sweeney of Beverly; and many nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Philip W. Sweeney, Jr. formerly of Marblehead, and James Sweeney formerly of Lynn.   

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, December 7 at 9 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich followed by interment in the New Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends wearing facial masks are cordially welcomed. Visiting hours will be Monday 4 to 7 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home Hospice at Support Us - Beth Israel Lahey Health At Home (bilhathome.org)


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