Lillian M. Connolly
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MARION: Lillian M. Connolly, a lifelong resident of Marion County, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon, June 19, 2013, at her home in the Kingston Residence following an extended illness. She was 95 years old.
On July 24, 1917, Lillian was born at home on Pleasant Hill Road in Marion County, the middle of five children of the late William "Bill" and Alice (Utz) Risch.
She graduated from Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1935. Following high school, Lillian began working at the Marion County Farm Bureau, where she met her husband to be, Kenneth B. Connolly. They were married on April 15, 1939. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1972.
For many years, Lillian helped Ken own and operate the Marion Hatchery, with her main duties being in the office and caring for their books. After his passing, she went back to work specializing in customer service at Fairview Gardens and lastly at Hemmerly's Flower Shop, from where she retired.
She will be affectionately remembered by her two children, Patricia (Joe) Walp of Columbia, Tennessee, and Mark Connolly of Tamarac, Florida; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two siblings, Helen Little, and Delmar (Lucille) Risch, both of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including her husband and parents, Lillian was preceded in death by two siblings, Louise Pride and Esther Duffey.
Her family will greet friends from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will follow there at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Nancy Goulet officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion General Hospital Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, OH 43302.
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve Lillian's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in the Marion Star on June 21, 2013