Rosemary Irene (Delaney) O’Connor, 89, of Hyannis, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, after a brief illness. She is predeceased by her husband of 50 years, William Edward O’Connor.
The daughter of the late Francis W. and Irene M. (Schipper) Delaney, Rosemary was born and raised in Waterbury and Oakville CT and attended Catholic High School. She resided in Northfield and later Watertown, CT until her retirement to Cape Cod, MA in 1997.
Rosemary was a gifted professional artist whose range of work included portraits, animals, and landscapes in a variety of mediums. Her paintings were featured in art shows and galleries in CT and the Cape. She also was a model for the Conover Model Agency in NYC in the 1950s and an executive secretary for Princeton Knitting Mills in Watertown CT. After raising her daughters, she returned to work and was a beloved teacher for Waterbury’s METC work skills training program.
After attending Mattatuck (now Naugatuck Valley) Community College, Rosemary went on to earn a BA in art history and an MS in instructional technology from Southern Connecticut State University. Her love of music (especially Frank Sinatra), the arts, and nature were evident in everything she pursued.
Rosemary is survived by two daughters, Delane Moser and her husband Richard of Centerville, MA, and Cristy Dichmann and her husband David of Marlborough MA; and grandchildren William Moser and Lillian, Andersen, Malcolm, and Harrison Dichmann. She is predeceased by her sister, Irene.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Cape Cod Hospital and VNA Hospice for their care and kindness during her illness. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center, 4011 Main Street, Barnstable, MA 02630 (www.capewildlifecenter.com).
Services are private.