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CONNELL, William 1865-1945


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/8/2016 at 10:30:01

William Connell Died Suddenly Saturday Morning

William Connell died very suddenly from a heart attack at his home in Grundy Center at 5:30 Saturday morning. He had not been sick and felt as usual when he retired Friday night. The end came without any warning. He was 80 years old last February.

Funeral services were held in the Catholic church at Grundy Center Monday morning. Because Rev. Fr. Entringer, local pastor, was unable to officiate at the service, Rev. Father Meyers from the Catholic church at Marshalltown performed the last rites. Burial was in the Grundy Center Catholic cemetery.

William Connell was born in the county of Waterford, Ireland, February 11, 1865. His father died when William was one year old. At the age of 9 he came with his mother and other members of the family to America. They came as far as Delavan, Ill., where William grew to manhood. From Illinois he went to Nebraska where he remained a short time. He came to Grundy county in 1900 and remained here the rest of his life. He was employed on farms. Three years later on February 11, 1904, he and Catherine Cullinan were married at Grundy Center. Shortly after their marriage they began farming near Beaman where they remained two years, when they moved to the Smith farm two miles north of Grundy Center where they lived 14 years. In 1923 they bought a farm 3 miles northeast of Beaman where they lived until they came to Grundy Center seven years ago.

Mr. Connell was the youngest of a family of seven children. All of them preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, one son Tom living near Conrad and four daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Lawrence Murphy, Dike; Mrs. George Fisher, Grundy Center; Mrs. Eugene Murphy, Dike, and Mrs. Annis Hunt, Marshalltown.

Relatives from a distance who were here for the funeral service were Mrs. Nora Cullinan and daughter Mrs. Duszynski and son from Omaha, Miss Stella Cullinan, Dubuque, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cullinan and Lawrence and Pat Ryan and George Fisher, Sr., of Delavan, Ill., Mrs. Henry Lennert, Pekin, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Powers, Jim Powers and Johanna Powers from Ft. Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Connell, Mrs. W. J. Connell and son Bob, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Baldwin and daughter Erma Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Pete McGrane and Mrs. Albert Hanisch, all from Waterloo, Sister Mary Andrienne, New Hampton, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Meany and children, Cedar Falls; George Connell, Cedar Rapids; Rev. J. P. Connell, Eldora; Mary Cullinan, Strawberry Point, and relatives and friends from Beaman, Conrad and Dike.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 May 1945, pg 12


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