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January 4, 2002 Issue

Menasha parish helps family get set for quads

Four boys born early Christmas morn

By Joanne Flemming
Compass Correspondent

St. Mary Parish in Menasha added four members at around 1:15 a.m. Christmas Day when Lynn O'Connell gave birth to four boys at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

The four ranged in weight from four pounds, 11 ounces to five pounds, four ounces. O'Connell and her husband, Dennis, already have a three-year-old son.

Lynn O'Connell said she and her husband were "awed" when she learned that she was expecting quadruplets. At first, she had been told that she would have twins.

In late summer, at the advice of Mari and Tony Dombrowski of Appleton, also the parents of quadruplets, O'Connell called St. Mary Parish and asked if members could help out.

She said volunteers from St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, where the Dombrowskis are members, helped and are still helping the Dombrowskis with their children.

Jean Sell, St. Mary's bookkeeper, said the parish formed four committees. So the mother could rest before the birth, one committee helped with weekly cleaning and laundry.

Another committee brings in meals twice a week.

A third schedules volunteers to help with the babies after they are brought home. The fourth is collecting supplies, such as formula and diapers, Sell said.

Grandparents, aunts and uncles also are helping with meals and caring for the three-year-old.

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