The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Obituaries

August 29, 2013

Jack Michael Connelly

—   Jack Michael Connelly, age 87, of Madison Lake, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013, surrounded by his family at Oak Terrace Assisted Living in North Mankato.

 Funeral Service will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Mankato, with Rev. Paul Lauer officiating.  Interment with military honors will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.  Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Northview - North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, and continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  Memorials may be given to Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Alzheimer's Association, or an organization of the donor's choice.

 Jack, known to some as "Super Jack", was born December 3, 1925, in Lake Andes, SD.  He was the son of Michael and Fern (Cleveland) Connelly.  Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and proudly served his country during WWII.  He retired as a Chief Radarman after 20 years of service.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Patricia Grandin, on May 29, 1952, in Norfolk, VA. In most cases, when you saw one of them, you most likely saw them both as they were always a twosome.

 Following his military service, Jack worked for Comac and Jones Sheet Metal for 13 years.  He manufactured his own line of wood stoves in 1978.  In 1985, Jack owned and operated E.L. Metals Inc., manufacturing garbage containers and hog equipment.  He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the Eagle Lake American Legion #617.  Jack enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, and attending his grandchildren's school activities.  He lived life to the fullest and was proud of his achievements.  He may have been up in age, but was young at heart.

  Jack is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Pat of Madison Lake; daughter, Susan (Harry) Baker of Cleveland; son, Gary (Mary) Connelly of Madison Lake; grandchildren, Chris (Nikki) Baker, Todd Baker, Ryan (Jody) Baker, Nicole (Jamie) Kriha, and Stacey (Mike) Ferch; great-grandchildren, Cody Baker and his special friend, Christi, Dylan and Levi Baker, Hannah and Mitchell Baker, Cade and Riley Kriha, Brandon Lundgren, Logan and Tanner Ferch; three sisters, Marguerite Burns, Joanne Mathistad, and Adeline Hansen; two sisters-in-law, Geraldine Grandin and Nedra Connelly; also many nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters and two brothers.

 Thanks to great-grandson, Mitchell, age 4, for your beautiful prayers for Grandpa Jack.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Evelyn E. Linde

     Evelyn E. Linde, 87, of Waseca, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

    April 22, 2014

  • Eleanor Thompson

      Eleanor Thompson, age 89 of St. Peter, died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter.

    April 22, 2014

  • Dorothy Hughes 042014-O.JPG Dorothy Hughes

      Dorothy Hughes, age 77 of St. Peter, died on Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Mankato after years of dealing with COPD.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dolores Mary Wagner

      Dolores Mary Wagner, 88 of Mankato, was found deceased in her home on April 20, 2014.

    April 22, 2014

  • Mel Carrigan photo.JPG Mel L. "Little" Carrigan

      Mel  L. "Little" Carrigan of North Mankato, formerly of Lakefield, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Pathstone Living in Mankato.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rita Severns photo.JPG Rita Ann (Gaul) Severns

      Rita Ann (Gaul) Severns of North Mankato and formerly of St. Peter, died of a heart attack on Sunday April 20, 2014 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Frances Anderson photo.JPG Frances "Frani" Anderson

     Frances "Frani" Anderson, age 68, of Waseca, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Lake Shore Inn Nursing Home of Waseca with her family at her side.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Beverly Boys.JPG Beverly J. Boys

      Beverly J. Boys, 84 of Le Center, died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Central Health Care in Le Center.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harvey J. Voth

    Harvey J. Voth, 85, of St.James died on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James.

    April 22, 2014

  • Jerome Sheehan 042014-O.JPG Jerome 'Red' Sheehan

    Jerome "Red" Sheehan, age 82, of Mankato, died on Friday, April 18, 2014 at his home.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo