- Born: 9 May 1934, Waterloo, Iowa
- Marriage: Jeannie
- Died: 24 Jul 1985, Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ, USA
The following is from Char Berens. . .
Our brother, Jim, actually wanted to be an artist and he was very good at it. But mother insisted he be a dentist. He went to Loyola dental school, met his wife Jeanne and they were married. Mother had other dreams for Jim and she was devasted when Jim decided to move to Phoenix. She always thought Jim would go into practice with Dad.
Be that as it may, I loved having Jim in Phoenix and I worked in his office also when his nurse/receptionist was on vacation or had surgery or whatever. It was fun. He had seen two patients and went into his office before seeing the next patient and had a massive heart attack and died later in the emergency room. He and his wife had been separated at the time. She was living somewhere else but she is now living in their home. They have four boys. Jim was only 52 years old when he died and I still miss him. I think he was two and a half years younger than Mary. I don't know what Mary's memories are of Dad but those are mine.
The following is from Mary Cobb . . .
Jimmy finished dental school at Loyola in Chicago after graduating from Loras. He moved to Phoenix because Char was there and mom couldn't get along with Jimmy's wife. Jimmy had a heart attack while working on a patient and left a wife with 4 boys. They built the casket in which to bury him. Conflict with his wife and the rest of the family so we don't stay in touch. I call and send cards to the boys and their family but only hear from Timmy in Ohio.
Dr. James T. O'Connor, 52, a dentist in the Valley for 27 years, died July 22, 1985 at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. O'Connor of Phoenix was born in Iowa and moved to Arizona 28 years ago from Chicago. He was past chief of Dental Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital; past-president of the Maricopa County Board of Health; vice president of the Reserve Officers of the Naval Services and was a member of St. Joseph's Hospital Mercy Clinic Staff, American Dental Association and Toastmasters. Survivors include his wife Jean, sons, Jim, John, Tim and Mike; mother, Geraldine; two sisters, a brother; and two grandchildren. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Whitney & Murphy Downtown Chapel, 330 N. Second Ave. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Gregory's Church, 3424 N. 18th Avenue. Memorial contributions may be made to Reserve Officers of the Naval Services, 3355 N.17th Ave., Phoenix, 85015.
Jimmy married Jeannie.