Shirley V. Connolly

Shirley V. Connolly

AGE: 86 • Ocean Grove

Shirley V. Connolly, 86, of Ocean Grove, passed away on Friday, November 16th after a short battle with cancer. She was born in Maplewood, NJ on April 26, 1926, the daughter of Bessie and Martin Bennett. On September 14, 1946, she married Robert H. Connolly who predeceased her in 1988. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She was employed in various positions over the years. Her joys in life were singing and her great love of the beach. Mrs. Connolly was a PTA president, active in the Power Squadron, an active member of PEO and enjoyed boating. She had been a member of the South Orange Methodist Church, Toms River United Methodist Church and currently a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Ocean Grove. Volunteering and serving at St. Paul's, the Great Auditorium and the Arts Center were a major part of her life. Her love for the community of Ocean Grove was unending. She was a woman of faith and action, always serving with grace and humor.

She is survived by her four daughters, Nancy and her husband Greg Edgehouse, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Gail Hutton of Land O' Lakes, Florida, Alison Connolly of Ocean Grove and Laurie and her husband John Perry of Dillsburg, PA and Ocean Grove. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Rachel (Matt) Mitchell, Lisa (Bob) Eastin, Jesse Lichtenstein and Matthew Leschinski, four great grand children and many beloved family members and friends.

Relatives and friends may call on Monday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Avenue, Ocean Grove. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM at the church with private burial following. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, 54 Pitman Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 or to St. Paul's United Methodist Church would be appreciated. To e-mail a condolence message, please visit The Ocean Grove Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 18, 2012