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Molly O’Connor Niebergall, May 14, 1932 — February 24, 2021

Molly O’Connor Niebergall passed away on February 24, 2021. Molly was an only child born to Irene and Vincent O’Connor in Vancouver, Washington.

Molly had a happy childhood growing up in Vancouver, and graduated from Vancouver High School in 1950. Molly made many special friendships during this time, some lasting over 80 years. Following high school, Molly went to OSC (now OSU) and majored in home economics education. Active in a variety of roles on campus, Molly was president of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and a member of Mortar Board which is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership, and service.

It was during her sophomore year she met the love of her life, Andrew Thomas (Tom) Niebergall, Jr.

The day after graduation Molly and Tom married and began their journey — a journey that was a true love story of a devoted marriage enriching the next 66 years.

Spending their first eight years together in the Air Force, they traveled 17,248 miles and moved 11 times.

During this time Bridget was born in Tampa, Florida, and two years later Tom was born in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The growing family then moved to Salem and Tom enrolled at Willamette Law School.

Molly babysat during the day and worked nights filing at a local bank.

It was here the family grew again, and John was born.

Upon Tom’s completion of his degree, they moved to Lake Oswego, and built a home where they welcomed Pete, their youngest, raised their children, and lived for the next 55 years.

Molly had an endless capacity to share unconditional love, positivity, and kindness to all. Among other expressions of this, she volunteered in the high school special ed classroom helping kids to read and at the OHSU gift shop offering comfort to patients and their families.

Molly’s faith was central to her daily life. Molly attended mass at Our Lady of the Lake and found joy in her many Bible studies. Molly’s many interests included painting, her cutting garden, aerobics, knitting, and being surrounded by her beloved family.

Molly is survived by her loving husband, Tom; children, Bridget (Dave), Tom (Dolores), John (Renee), and Pete (Sonia); eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

The family would like to thank The Springs at Sherwood for their loving and compassionate care. Also, thank you to Molly’s special therapists and caregivers at Meridian Park.

A celebration of Molly’s life will be held at a later date. Please sign the online guest book at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to OHSU.


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