Viola (“Vicki’’) June Terry passed away on September 2, 2019 at the age of 92. She was residing at the Warwick Forest Retirement community in Newport News, Virginia at the time of her passing. She is survived by her three sons, Jeffrey O’Connell, Timothy O’Connell (m. Liza Delizo-O’Connell) and Stephen O’Connell (m. Tracey Daniels-O’Connell). She is also survived by her grandchildren including Christopher O’Connell, (32), Andrew O’Connell (31), Patrick O’Connell (29), Katherine O’Connell (25), Rebecca O’Connell (28), Isabelle O’Connell (22), Ethan O’Connell (21) and Joshua Daniels (13).
Vicki grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut with her parents, Andrew and Irene Kovacs and later moved to New York City when her father obtained a position as a building manager for the Rudin Organization. She attended Hunter College and graduated with a degree in education. While attending Hunter, Vicki met Peter O’Connell, an upper classman at Columbia University, at a mixer. Shortly thereafter married, they moved to Philadelphia where Peter attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Following Peter’s graduation from law school, they moved to the newly built Stuyvesant Town in New York City. In 1965, the family moved to Amityville, Long Island allowing the three boys to experience life on the Great South Bay. Vicki was a homemaker for many years until the unfortunate and untimely passing of Peter in 1969 at the young age of 46 from a respiratory ailment. Without financial support, Vicki was forced to take matters into her own hands and decided to secure a teaching certificate in order to support her young sons. Hired by the Amityville School District, she worked for many years as a second-grade teacher.
In 1973, Vicki married Thomas (“Ed”) Terry, superintendent of buildings and grounds at the Comsewogue School District in Port Jefferson, New York. The marriage ran its course after 10 years and Vicki and Ed amicably parted ways and the two remained friends for several years thereafter.
During her retirement years she lived for a brief time in Sandwich, Cape Cod, close to Jeffrey and his family. In around 1994, Vicki relocated to Newport News, Virginia close to Timothy and his family. She spent many wonderful years in Virginia and many hours with her grandchildren.
Vicki was a kind, generous, gentle and loving lady who cared, first and foremost, about family. She was a giver and always there to help when the family needed her. When asked how she was feeling, it was always her way to turn the conversation around to ask about how you were doing, as she never complained or put the spotlight on herself. She will always be remembered for her quick wit, humor and support and love for her family. May she rest in peace and know that her family loves her very much.
Arrangements under the care of Altmeyer Funeral Home-Denbigh Chapel.
Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
Warwick Forest Assisted Living Facility
866 Denbigh Blvd,
Newport News, VA 23608
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