Juanita Marie O’Connor

Juanita Marie O’Connor

January 05, 1943 - June 11, 2024

Juanita Marie O’Connor

January 05, 1943 - June 11, 2024


Juanita Marie (LaPorte) O’Connor

Laguna Hills, California.  Juanita Marie O’Connor, age 81 from Laguna Hills, CA and former resident of Marquette MI, passed away at her home on June 11, 2024 after a 2-year courageous battle with breast and brain cancer. Juanita was also known by Neets, Jay, Nana and Aunt.

Born January 5, 1943 in Munising MI, daughter of Francis LaPorte and Susan Syers. She graduated from Marquette High School in 1957.

Juanita first worked at the telephone company in Michigan. Then in the early 80’s moved to California to work at General Dynamics and Structural Composites, both aerospace companies, and later worked for a pharmaceutical company, which later became Teva Pharmaceuticals. Juanita had a passion for writing poetry. She has written over 100 poems. Several were published. This led to creating custom greeting cards with poems for special occasions.

Juanita is survived by her husband Michael O’Connor, her son Jon Cornelia, her granddaughters Cody Dooly, Taylor Cornelia, Presley Cornelia, Natalia O’Connor, Hannah O’Connor and Rachael King, siblings Stephen (Germaine) LaPorte of Grand Rapids, Jim (Krystal) LaPorte of Detroit, Vicki (Tom) Sarasien of Marquette, Cindy (Joe) Benson of Gwinn and numerous additional nieces and nephews. Juanita was preceded in death by her son Tommie Cornelia, brother Joseph LaPorte and sister Sharon LaPorte.

A reception will be held in Marquette MI at a later date in August 2024.


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