Thomas A. O’Connell

June 11, 1933 - July 8, 2008

06/11/1933 - 07/08/2008

Past Services

Thursday July 10, 2008
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Elm Grove
154 Kruger Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Friday July 11, 2008
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Wheeling
National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
Friday July 11, 2008
10:00 am
St. Michael Catholic Church - Wheeling
1225 National Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
242-1560 | Directions

O’Connell, Thomas A., 75, of Wheeling, WV died Tuesday, July 8, 2008 in Wheeling Hospital.
He was born June 11, 1933 in Wheeling a son of the late Edward and Virginia Reukauf O’Connell. Tom was a retired teacher and coach for the Buckeye Local Schools; a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling; a US Navy veteran of the Korean War, and a member of the Cave Club.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Kenny O’Connell. Surviving are his beloved wife of 45 years, Patricia A. O’Connell; two sons, Thomas E. O’Connell and his wife Leslie of Wheeling and William J. O’Connell and his wife Tracey of St. Clairsville, Ohio; two daughters, Lorrie A. Peterson of Noblesville, Ind. and Catherine E. Pack and her husband Scott of Triadelphia, WV; two brothers Mike O’Connell and his wife Lyola of Wheeling and George O’Connell and his wife Rose of Martins Ferry, Ohio; two sisters, Ellen Heller of Wheeling and Virginia Richardson and her husband Don of Wheeling; ten grandchildren, Drew, Justin, Cassandra, Tiffany, Braeden, Taylor, Brooke, Ryan, Tyler, and Austin; several nieces and nephews.
Friends received from 2-8 pm Thursday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Friday, July 11, 2008 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Rev. James LaCrosse, S.M. as celebrant. Interment in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling. The Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard will conduct Military graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wheeling Central Boosters or the American Heart Association.
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Ron Hickman
8 years ago

Coach was a big influence in my life and he is missed

john a joseph
8 years ago

coach you led us to three championships and one runner up in baseball at our days at bishop donahue71-74good hard work and your dedication applied to this task.thank you for your discipline

patricia wylie
8 years ago

Dear O’Connell Family,

I am a former studentBishop Donahueof “Coach” and we absolutely loved him and knew he loved us. He was a great teacher and a great coach. Our deepest sympathy to you all. We will never forget him. You are in our prayers, Patty Estep Wylie

Sylvia McNeil
8 years ago

Dear Patty–Kathy–and Family–To let you know so many thoughts and prayers are with you and yours–Take care –Keep the faith–and may God Bless you with His Peace and Love–“When someone you love becomes a memeory, that memory becomes a treasure!”–Sincerely, Sylvia McNeil

Elizabeth ProvenzanoDreier
8 years ago

DearMrs. O’Connell & Family: Coach was one of my teachers back in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s. I still consider him the best teacher I ever had and give him credit for my decision to teach Social Studies and Language Arts. Our prayers are with you and your family. God bless you with many good memories and healing. Liz & JerryDreier & Family.

Warren Hood
8 years ago

Deepest sympanthy from your buddy, Warren Hood.

The Koehler Family
8 years ago


You know how we all loved Pappy. We will never forget all the great times we had with him and the boys all fishing and having fun. He was a great man and we will all miss him. Dave, Leigh Ann, Cameron & Cody

Ed & Christina Wanat
8 years ago

Our sympathy goes out to you. The memories at Buckeye South will never be forgotten, he was a great coach, teacher and friend. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Troy Law and Joan Caleodis
8 years ago

Our sympathy goes out to your family at this time.

sandy burns dierkes
8 years ago

Patti and family, sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband,and father. you are in my thoughts and prayers. sandy burns dierkes

Sandy Johnson
8 years ago

Patty & family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. Your old neighbor & friend, Sandy Johnson

Jennifer Stephens-Wagner
8 years ago

Patty & Family:

So very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Lee and Patsy Glessner
8 years ago

Patty and Family:

May the thoughts of sympathy help to ease your pain at this very difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Although it’s sad to lose those who are dear to us, there is comfort in remembering all the times they made such a difference in our lives. Tom will be remembered forever. Such a great person. Love, Lee and Patsy

Jenine Burns Eighme & Harold Eighme
8 years ago

Patty and Family…So sorry to hear about the loss of Tommy. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you and your family…Jenine Burns & Harold Eighme

Brian O'Connell
8 years ago

Sorry I couldn’t make it to Wheeling for the services. I was very sad to hear of Uncle Tom’s passing. I know you all are going through a tough time believe me. You just got to remember all the good times. Uncle Tom was a great man and I’m sure he’s in a better place along with dad and Uncle Jack.

Love always

Brian O’Connell

Kerri A. Smith
8 years ago

To the O’Connell Family:

I am a former student of Tom “O.C.”; having attended Buckeye Local High School. I was very sad to hear about his passing. To me, he was a great teacher with a fiery spirit and I often talk about him to my husband! He was a favorite of mine throughout high school – I just thought he was awesome and always made me smile. He will always be remembered.

God Bless

Becky Provenzano
8 years ago

To you and your family I send my deepest sympathy. I was a student at Bishop Donahue when Mr. O’Connell Coach was there and I will never forget him. May God Bless you and yours at this time.

Tom & Jane Bland
8 years ago

Tommy: God has gained a great center/linebacker. The fun we have can never be matched. My heart is heavy, but, you are with GOD now.