Wellsville, NY - Colleen O'Connor Kailbourn, age 82, of Sunnydale Avenue passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born in Wellsville on July 21. 1935, the second child of Lawrence and Marion Plain O'Connor. In 1978 she married Raymond Kailbourn who survives.
Colleen attended and graduated from the Immaculate Conception School in 1951, and finished her high school education at the Wellsville Central School graduating in 1953. Before graduating from high school she started her career at the New York Telephone Company as a Telephone Operator. Colleen later joined the Contel/GTE Telephone Company and retired as the Western Area Service Office Supervisor. She and Ray enjoyed many years of traveling in search of antiques. Once retired they opened Kailbourn Antiques of Angelica and Wellsville. She remained interested in antiques until the day she died. Colleen was dedicated to her Roman Catholic faith and was a life long member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society, served many years on the Parish Council, was a member of the Lay Vicariate, and served on the Sanctuary Restoration Committee. Colleen also served on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Valley Habitat for Humanity for many years. She loved her family and friends and celebrated life. Everywhere she went she touched people's hearts. Her Irish smile and good nature will always be in our memory.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond; her son Paul W. (Karen) Stevens; her step children, Linda (John) Cook, Thomas (Roxie Schmidt) Kailbourn, Mark (Dee) Kailbourn, and Brent Kailbourn; 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; her sister in law Mary Margaret O'Connor; many dear good friends especially Loretta and Jim Cronin, Lois and Joe Spinelli, Pat Adderly Cotton, and John Weatherell.
She was predeceased by, her parents and her brother, Dr. George O'Connor.
Friends are invited to call on Monday, April 2, 2018, from 4 till 6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Tuesday a Prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials in Colleen's name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.