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Joseph Patrick Connolly

November 24, 1932 April 23, 2017
Joseph  Patrick  Connolly
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Obituary for Joseph Patrick Connolly

Peoria- Joseph Patrick Connolly, age 84, of Peoria, passed away at home, peacefully at 11:48 PM on Sunday, April 23, 2017 surrounded by loved ones and family.

Born November 24, 1932 on Thanksgiving Day in St. Paul Minnesota, he was son of John and Emma Guindon Connolly. Joe married Cari Mexiner on November 4, 1982. He was a graduate of Cretin Military Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota. Joe was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, Illinois where he served as parish trustee from 2007-2016. He was also involved in Marriage Encounter, the Cursillo Program, Share Food and reading program at Neighborhood House.

Joe began his career as a master plumber in St. Paul, Minnesota. Over many years he built his career to become Vice President of Natkin Mechanical Contractors. When he was asked to relocate from his family, Joe chose to end his career in contracting and started a new career in real estate for Remax Unlimited. Joe touched many people’s lives. Whether it be through a kind word of encouragement to his wife Cari, attending his grandchildren’s events and helping them with their homework or mentoring someone at his church or Cursillo Joe gave his time generously.

The legacy he left is his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren (31 total). Because of Joe his entire family knows how to swing a hammer and fix what needs to be fixed. Joe was a loving husband for 35 years.

Joe is survived by his loving wife Cari of Peoria; five sons, Pat (Joyce) Connolly of Peoria, Tom Connolly of Indianapolis, Jim (Martha) Connolly of Mondovi Wisconsin, Paul Connolly of San Francisco, California, and Tim (Jonie) Connolly of Princeville; one daughter Michelle (Don) Higgins of Mapleton; one sister Mary Connolly of St. Paul Minnesota.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Emma and John Connolly, one son Daniel Healy Connolly, daughter-in-law Marilyn Ann Connolly, one sister Marcella Connolly, and two brothers Laurence Connolly, Sr and Jackie Connolly

The family would like to say a very special thank you to the entire OSF medical team, and rehab staff that took such good care of Joe. Thanks also to Dr. Tsung, Joe’s surgeon, and Sarah Beam, his PA. Also to Dr. R. McCrea, Sharon Hodel, RN and Peggy Kocher, RN who provided all the nursing care for us while at home.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 between the hours of 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM at St. Thomas Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM at St. Thomas Catholic Church with an additional visitation being held one hour prior to mass. Msgr. Jason Gray and Deacon Mark Kelsch will officiate. Cremation rights will follow services and a private burial of ashes will take place Saturday in Resurrection Cemetery with Fr. Paul Stark.

Memorials in Joe’s memory may be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, Illinois or Cursillo in Christianity Peoria, Illinois.
Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

27

Apr

5:00 PM 4/27/2017 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/27/2017 8:00:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

28

Apr

9:00 AM 4/28/2017 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 4/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

28

Apr

10:00 AM 4/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Resurrection Cemetery & Mausoleum Final Resting Place

7519 N Allen Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

7519 N Allen Rd Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

Peoria Cursillo Center

419 NE MADISON AVENUE
Peoria, IL 61603
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