Nellie J. (Drozdal) O’Connell Waterman, 100, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, while listening to her beloved Red Sox play. Daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Drozdal, she was born in Hadley, MA on April 2, 1922. She was a graduate of Hopkins Academy and Northampton Commercial College. She served as Town Clerk in Ludlow from 1966-1969 and was a member of the former Union Church of Christ. She was also a member of the James W. Hannum Chapter 150 Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile Chapter 84. Nellie was an avid gardener who loved nature and animals.
Nellie leaves her daughter Jean Hafner; grandchildren Richard Hafner and his wife Mona and Judi Canon and her husband Matthew; her sister Josie Zgrodnik. Sadly, she was predeceased by her first husband Richard O’Connell in 1968, her second husband Kenneth Waterman in 1998, her son Richard O’Connell and her sisters Genevieve Cross and Albina Pirog.
All services are private with burial at the convenience of the family.