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SISTER DOROTHY CONNELLY, SNDdeN (Sister Catherine Ellen), a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur of Julie House in Windsor, CT, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, February 21, 2017. She was born in Boston to the late Edward Francis and Katherine Loretta (Sullivan) Connelly. After graduating from Cardinal Cushing High School in South Boston, MA, she earned her BA from Emmanuel College in Boston. She continued her education with additional studies in language, theology, and pastoral studies. A dedicated educator, she taught at Ascension School and St. John School in Worcester, MA, St. Aedan School in New Haven, St. Pius School in Fairfield, St. Kevin School in Warwick, RI, St. Mary School in Newington, and St. Thomas School in Waterbury. She was also a guidance counselor at Central Catholic High School in Norwalk. She was a member of the Province Leadership Team, a Formation Director, an Associate Team member and she also worked at Greene Community Center in Waterbury. She was a beloved pastoral minister at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Haven, St. Cecilia Church in Wilbraham, MA, Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, and Sacred Heart Church in Suffield. Sister Dorothy had a kindness and compassion that was infectious.

She is survived by her sisters Mildred Reissfelder of Westwood, MA and Mary Connelly of McLean, VA; brother Paul Connelly and his wife Judy of South Easton, MA; sister-in-law Sheila Connelly of Westwood, MA; many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and cousins; as well as her Sisters in community. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Edward Connelly; sister Helen Perachi and her husband Joseph; sister Rose V. Connelly; and brother-in-law William Reissfelder.

Her family will receive friends at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 140 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 1-2 PM followed by a prayer service at 2 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 PM. Burial will follow in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a light supper at Julie House, 425 Poquonock Ave., Windsor, following the burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 468 Poquonock Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095. The Carmon Windsor Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements. For directions or condolences, please visit

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 26, 2017
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