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CONNOLLY, Richardine (Dickie)

Mrs. Richardine (Dickie) Connolly died peacefully on May 22 in Brea, Ca. She is survived by her sons Larry M. Burns of Idyllwild, Ca. and Patrick L. Burns, Upland, CA and her daughter Shelly (Burns) Fabian of Brea, Ca., plus 8 wonderful grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Richardine was born in 1922 in Hornell, New York to Archie and Laura Pierce. She graduated from Nursing School in San Francisco as an RN and worked for the American Red Cross during WWII. She married Leo Burns, a refrigeration technician and was married until his death in 1960. She later remarried Paul Connolly, a successful Whittier businessman and was married until his death in 1982.

Richardine spent her nursing years working in hospitals and doctor's offices after her time spent working for the Red Cross, where she continued to volunteer throughout her life. After marrying Paul, she spent her time working with him at their business United Ad Label Co., Inc. and was instrumental in developing a successful line of products for the healthcare industry. After his death, she became president of their corporation and oversaw the expansion and continued success of their business.

Richardine was loved by all whom she touched and was active in her community. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Red Cross would be appreciated.

A private graveside service will be held May 30 at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Rowland Heights. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a time and place to be announced.
Published in Whittier Daily News from May 26 to May 31, 2018
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