Marion Theresa Connolly, 92, of Dubuque, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Bethany Home in Dubuque.
Visitation was held from 2-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at Hoffmann Schneider & Kitchen Funeral Home, 3860 Asbury Road. Additional visitation was also held from 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Church of the Resurrection.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Church of the Resurrection Rev. Father Phil Gibbs was the Celebrant.
Burial: St. Clement Cemetery in Bankston.
Marion was born May 26, 1927, in Lore, the daughter of John and Theresa Schiessl Brehm. On May 4, 1949, she was united in marriage to Wilbert A. “Bert” Connolly at Holy Family Catholic Church at New Melleray. Bert and Marion raised their children on the family dairy farm in Bankston. Bert died Nov. 6, 2010.
She was a member of Church of the Resurrection, Power of Prayer, Catholic Daughters of America and the Resurrection Prayer Group. She was a member and a CCD teacher at St. Clement’s Catholic Church and volunteered at Finley Hospital for many years.
Marion’s foundation for her life was faith and family. She loved attending Mass and praying the Rosary. Her faith and spiritual guidance served to mentor her children and grandchildren. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing, gardening and canning. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She treasured the time spent with her family and friends, and the memories created over the years through frequent family gatherings.
Those left to cherish her memory include her nine children, Diane Rehak of Dubuque, Eugene (Debra) Connolly of Farley, Dennis (Susie) Connolly of Terrell, Texas, Jerry (Nancy) Connolly of Phoenix, Ariz., Rosie (Mike) Denlinger of Dubuque, Julie (Cal “Corky”) Phillips of Platteville, Wis., Bill Connolly of Bankston, Joyce (Joel) DeSpain of Madison, Wis., and Rick (Beth) Connolly of Montfort, Wis.; 38 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Brehm of Dubuque; three sisters, Kay (John) Gaul of Peosta, Clara Ernst and Rita Ernst, both of Bellevue; two brothers-in law, Tom Smith of Caledonia, Ill., and Francis Connolly of Epworth; and two sisters-in-law, Esther Brehm and Betty Connolly, both of Dubuque.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Earl Brehm and William Brehm, and three sisters, Helen Steffen, Margaret Brehm, and Theresa Smith.
The Connolly family wishes to express their gratitude to Bethany Home, Dr. Liaboe and the nurses at Finley Hospital for their kindness and loving care of Marion.
A photo tribute can be viewed and condolences can be sent to the family by visiting Marion’s obituary at www.hskfhcares.com.