WILMINGTON, Del. — Ann (Lukach) Connolly, 88, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2014, surrounded by her loving husband and children.
Ann was the daughter of the late John and Gabriella (Wywiorski).
In addition to her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Lukach and Dolores "Dee" Ferdo; and brothers John and Joseph Lukach; and her son, John "Jack" Connolly Jr.
Having been together for 72 years and with their 68th wedding anniversary approaching, Ann is survived by her beloved husband, John "Jack" A. Connolly; and their children, Andrea Rogers (Tony), Kathy Ellis (George), and Mike Connolly (Tracey) and Jack Jr.'s wife, Brenda Connolly.
Ann's grandchildren, Christopher (Nichole), Kristin, Kevin, Tim, Michelle, Donnie (Corie), Brandon and Bradlee, her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Breanna, Brittany, Donnie, Alisha, Adam and Blake – will deeply miss their incredible grandmom. Ann is also survived by her sister, Carolyn Murray; and brothers, Vincent (Shirley) and Carl Lukach; and many nieces and nephews.
Family was the center of Ann's life and she loved hearing all the news from family near and far. Ann was a devout Catholic with special devotion to St. Therese, 'the Little Flower,' always keeping her family in her prayers.
Ann and Jack met at Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre, as sophomores where Ann, president of the German Club, tutored Jack. They dated throughout high school, getting engaged on their graduation night. Shortly after their engagement, Jack left to serve our country during World War II on Guam and Iwo Jima as a member of the Third Marine Division, Ninth Regiment where Ann wrote him a letter each and every day.
After the war, Jack and Ann married, moved to Delaware, and started their family. In addition to being a great wife and mother, Ann worked as a secretary at DuPont, retiring after 18 years.
Some of Ann's favorite activities included solving crosswords and other puzzles and enjoying a day out at Delaware Park with her husband and family. Ann was a three-time champion lawn bowler at the DuPont Country Club from 1996-1998. She was a great cook bringing her Polish heritage to her family through food, and also made the best coleslaw. She always spoiled her grandkids with delicious parfaits for every family celebration.
Ann was proud to be from Wilkes-Barre and also loved her adopted state of Delaware. Ann and Jack enjoyed sharing their stories from growing up in the Poconos where Ann always provided the right balance to Jack's tall tales. Ann was the kindest and most loving person who brought deep compassion and understanding to all.
In her final days, Ann and her family greatly appreciated the care and compassion she received. The family especially wishes to extend their most sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers of Compassionate Care Hospice.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Ann's life on from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the McCrery & Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's on the Brandywine Church, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Burial will immediately follow the Mass in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Ann's memory to Compassionate Care Hospice, St. Francis Hospital, 701 N. Clayton St. Wilmington, DE 19805; or the
Messages of condolence may be sent to www.mccreryandharra.com.