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Edward J. Connolley Obituary
Connolley, Edward J.Edward J. Connolley, 80, of Salisbury Township, passed away on Monday, May 26, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband of Joan ( Christie ) Connolley for 58 years. Born in Danville, PA, he was the son of the late James P. and Margaret ( Gerringer ) Connolley. Ed earned a BS degree in Education from Bloomsburg University and a Master's Degree in Education from Lehigh University. He was a retired Navy Commander and had proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a flight officer on the USS Hornet and spent 34 years in the Naval Reserve. Ed also was a district administrator of Continuing Education for Penn State from 1960-1966. He was employed as a Senior Human Resource Consultant for Bethlehem Steel from 1967-1985. Before retiring in 1997, he served as a consultant to the Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon and the Philadelphia Shipyard. Ed was a founding member of the first Parish Council president of St. Thomas More Church and was also a past member of the choir, adding his warm Irish tenor voice. Continuing his desire to serve the community, Ed also devoted his time as an advisory board member for both Penn State University and the Lehigh Valley Military Advisory Council. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time on the open sea, but the real love of his life was his faith, family, and country, a true patriot who left us on Memorial Day. Survivors: Ed is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters; Katie Lindblom and her husband, Steve of Telford, PA; Mary Ellen Kinek and her husband, James of Macungie; Maureen Connolley and her fiancé, Todd Wendling of Allentown; his sister, Alice Mazich of Latrobe, PA; six grandchildren, a great grandson and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his beloved brothers, James and Richard Connolley. Services: Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 11 A.M. in St. Thomas More Catholic Church 1040 Flexer Ave. Allentown. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home 16th and Hamilton Sts. Allentown and on Friday, May 30, 2014, from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. in the Church. www.jsburkholder.com Contributions: In memory of Ed, a donation may be made to At Home Hospice, 4315 Washington Street, Schnecksville, PA 18078,or to www.athomehs.com

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Published in Morning Call on May 28, 2014
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