Ethel Rose O'Hagan
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth:  February 1st, 1930
  • Place of birth:
    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Date of passing:  October 5th, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Alameda, California, United States

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved sister / aunt, Ethel O'Hagan, 85, born on February 1, 1930 and passed away on October 5, 2015. We will remember her forever.

Candle lit by  Dan O'Connor  on November 3rd, 2015

Aunt Ethel O'Hagan had a heart of gold and I don't think are too many things that she probably enjoyed more than the pure and simple joy of giving-she really loved and seemed to get a necessary sense of fulfillment giving to those less fortunate. Whether it was Aunt Ethel's many nieces and nephews or the needy malnourished orphans she freely gave to, for so many years,

Candle lit by  Dan O'Connor  on November 3rd, 2015

her, "foster/sponsored" children of Africa and I think South America. When we were young she would delight in having any one, or combination of, us kids over to her apartment, be it the one on Lee street or McKinley and Alma, or any one of several Alameda residences.  A free lunch or breakfast was often followed by a treat of some sort, so many over the years growing up, a water canteen,

Candle lit by  Dan O'Connor  on November 3rd, 2015

pocket watch or some such thing that would inevitably catch my attention. Aunt Ethel never changed, even many years later just after she retired and took a trip north to Seattle and stayed with us for a spell, she always wanted to treat or pay for something, or to just relax and enjoy family. Aunt Ethel never wavered in her wqys, and giving to others, never speaking ill of others, always

Candle lit by  Dan O'Connor  on November 3rd, 2015

willing to listen or share a story, her eyes were open to everyone and never once did I hear her judge or malign others. It really seemed to fill Aunt Ethel with joy to see her loved ones on any level, at any time or place, I don't think she ever wavered in that either, and I realize that now as she has departed. We all love Aunt Ethel right back.

Candle lit by  Kevin O'Connor  on November 4th, 2015

Every family should have an Aunt or sister like Ethel. Few do. Many are blessed with a caring soul who takes time out for loved ones. Ethel seemed to have an inexhaustible supply of devotion to give. This is not an easy task in a large family. As a child, I flattered myself to think I was her favorite until how I saw how she interacted with all my cousins and her siblings. I will miss her.

Candle lit by  Kerry O'Connor  on November 5th, 2015

Before our family spread out across several states, our Aunt Ethel somehow managed to be home almost as often as we were. And when I say “home,” I don’t just mean at my family’s house.  I mean all of our houses, even though she never had a car, or even drove.   She seemed to have spent equal amounts of time at the homes of all of her siblings (five sisters and two brothers).

Candle lit by  Kerry O'Connor  on November 5th, 2015

It was always clear to me how much she loved all of us – her brothers and sisters as well as her nieces and nephews.  As some of our families moved away from the Bay Area, she never let distance be a barrier.  She wrote frequent letters and she spread her vacations in order to spend time with each family.  And she loved her great-nieces and great-nephews in the same way.

Candle lit by  Kit Oldham  on November 8th, 2015

Ethel was my wife's aunt.  She was a warm, generous and loving person, and we all miss her greatly.

Candle lit by  Colleen O'Connor  on November 11th, 2015

Aunt Ethel was our "fairy Godmother," always ready with a smile, a small gift, a card, words of comfort.  Love.

Candle lit by  Eileen O'Connor  on November 11th, 2015

My first memory of my sister, Ethel, is of early teaparties she set up for me and my younger brothers, Jack and Hugh.  She melted chocolate and spread it on graham crackers, and served us with her own childhood doll tea set.  Through the years she nicknamed me "Little E" and i called her "Big E"  Many, many loving memories of her in my life.

Candle lit by  Cynthia M Williams  on February 1st, 2016

I'll always remember how many birthday cards she sent through the years, to me and others.  It seemed like she never forgot to send those cute little cards signed in her neat handwriting "your godmother."  

Aunt Ethel wrote poetry, too--some lovely, pensive pieces.  I hope she is writing poems today, in Heaven.

Candle lit by  Colleen O'Connor  on February 1st, 2016

Happy birthday Auntie Ethel, you are missed terribly!  And will always be loved!

Candle lit by  Elizabeth White  on February 2nd, 2016

Although we lived further from Aunt Ethel than most of the family when we were growing up, Alicia and I still received the cards on our birthday and the little gifts Aunt Ethel would pick out.  I probably saw her more as an adult than when I was a kid as I visited her frequently when I came up to see my parents. Although her communication was impaired, I would bring pictures and stories to

Candle lit by  Elizabeth White  on February 2nd, 2016

share and she would always laugh in the right places and enjoy the news about the family.  My Mom was terrified of nursing homes but when she saw a picture of Ethel and I during a visit, she got the courage to go with me the next time and she and Ethel laughed and cried together.  I glad Mom was able to do that before she passed away.  They both seemed so happy to see each other.

Candle lit by  Elizabeth White  on February 2nd, 2016

I miss you Aunt Ethel.  I miss seeing you and sharing stories.  I am glad that you and my Mom are now together and both watching over all of us.  Happy Birthday Aunt Ethel.  Thank you for all the care and love you showed Alicia and I over the years.  Love, Elizabeth  

Candle lit by  Colleen O'Connor  on October 6th, 2016

We thought of you with love today. We miss you now, and as time goes by, we miss you more.
Your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can fill your vacant place. Your life was love and labor, your love for your family true. We will always remember you with love.

Candle lit by  Cynthia M Williams  on February 1st, 2017

God bless my dear godmother Aunt Ethel, who taught me about kindness and patience.  Know we remember you with love.

Candle lit by  Colleen O'Connor  on February 2nd, 2017

Remembering Aunt Ethel on her birthday, with much love.  I miss you!

Candle lit by  Cynthia M Williams  on October 5th, 2017

I'm remembering today some of the lovely little objects (Japanese dolls and the like) that Aunt Ethel collected. She enjoyed these small treats, but the majority of her resources she devoted to others--her generosity toward her family, and charity, even with her limited means, was admirable.  I resolve to try and emulate her by being less greedy and materialistic, more giving and generous.

Candle lit by  Colleen O'Connor  on October 7th, 2017

Yes, I too remember that Aunt Ethel always had a small gift when she visited - tiny baby dolls for a doll house, Bell telephone key chains, plastic rain bonnets that folded nicely to carry in your purse ... I miss her dearly!

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