Melissa Anne O’Connor, 21, of Cary, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 24, 1991, in Peoria, Ill.
Melissa had a passion for volleyball. She was a member of the Sky High Volleyball team in junior high school and at Marian Central Catholic High School.
She was overjoyed to become a mother and was most at peace with her daughter in the short time they spent together. ShilaRae will always have her mother looking over her.
Melissa is survived by her parents, Matthew and Diane O’Connor; fiancé Pablo Arreola; infant daughter ShilaRae Elise O’Connor-Arreola; siblings, Beth, Sayde, Erik, Jordan, and Angelina O’Connor; grandparents, Darlene O’Connor and Frederick and Geraldine Kierl; God-parents Mark O’Connor and Dana Goehring; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.
Melissa is also survived by the Arreola family, who loved her deeply.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, John O’Connor, and cousin Adam Kierl.
Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Route 176, Crystal Lake. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25, at the funeral home.
Following the service, burial will take place in Windridge Memorial Park, Cary.