Niagara Gazette


October 10, 2012

Rita S. Connelly


Rita S. Connelly, of Lewiston, NY, passed away on Monday, October 8, 2012, in Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence. She was born in Buffalo, NY, on December 29, 1919, the daughter of the late Leopold J. and Susan C. (McLaren) Spoor.
In 1948, she moved to Niagara Falls with her husband, Dr. John Connelly, where he started his medical practice. Rita graduated with honors from Niagara University in 1967 with a BA in accounting.
She was the wife of 52 years to the late Dr. John Connelly, who died in January of 1992. Rita is survived by three children, Michael (Lee) Connelly, Caryn (Russell) Judge and John  (Rita) Connelly; four grandchildren, Riene, Shea, Emily and Tyler; one sister, Katherine Howdy; also many nieces and nephews. She was the mother of the late Patricia, who died tragically at the age of 17; and was predeceased by three other siblings.
The family will be present on Friday from 5-7 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 901 Cayuga Street, LEWISTON, NY, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM, followed by a  Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Peter's Church, 620 Center Street,  Lewiston, NY, with the Rev. Michael P. Zuffelotto officiating. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston, NY.
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