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Obituary for Mary Connors

Mary E. (Donoghue) Connors, 92, of Vernon and formerly of Manchester, beloved wife of Joseph L. Connors, died peacefully Friday April 12, 2013 at her home with her family at her side. Mary was born August 11, 1920 in Springfield, MA. daughter of the late Thomas & Elizabeth (Murphy) Donoghue, she grew up in Bancroft, MA. and later graduated from St. Joseph’s High School in Pittsfield in 1938 and she attended St. Agnes Training School for Nurses in West Hartford were she earned her Nursing Certificate. She and Joseph were married May 15, 1945, they settled in Manchester where they had lived for 50 years before moving to Vernon in 2002. Mary was a longtime active member of St. Bartholomew Church in Manchester, she had volunteered at Crestfield Nursing Home, Fenwood Manor and the Samaritan Shelter in Manchester. She loved to follow her children’s sports and other activities. Her family came first but she was always willing to help others, wherever and however she could. In addition to her husband she is survived by three sons and their wives, John & Vicki Connors of Pittsville, MD. Mark & Barbara Connors of Manchester, James & Joan Connors of Glastonbury, three daughters, Elizabeth Connors of Schuylerville, NY, Mary Patat and her husband Leon of Charleston, SC., Catherine Jones and her husband Mike of Paulsbo, WA., a brother Florence Donoghue of Dunedin, FL., twelve grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by a daughter Bernadette Connors and three brothers, Thomas Donoghue, Franciscan Father Maurice Donoghue and Holy Cross Brother John Donoghue. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mary’s caregiver Joy Edwards and the staff at Welles Country Village for the extraordinary care provided during her time there. Funeral services will be held Monday April 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Holmes Funeral Home, 400 Main St., Manchester, Burial will be in St. James Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 12:00 to 2:30 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Bartholomew Church 45 Ludlow Rd., Manchester, CT. 06040. To sign the online register book go to www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com

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