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Patricia T. Connolly

Died: Monday, December 31, 2012
Age: 87
Patricia T. Connolly, 87, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Fort Meyers, Fla.

She was born in Chicago on Aug. 31, 1925, the daughter of Emil and Esther Homes Tappert. She graduated from Schurz High School in Chicago. Patricia married the late Norman Kronwall of Linn Township in 1946. In 1979, she married the late John F. Connolly and became a resident of Florida, as well as maintaining a home in Linn Township.

She began coming to the Lake Geneva area with her family during summers when she was a young girl. She and her three sisters and one brother spent entire days swimming at Linn Pier. Patricia, who was spirited and always a strong swimmer, swam across Geneva Lake at the Narrows, and back, when she was just 13. She never lost her delight in the beauty of her lake, which she passed on to her own children.

While raising her family, Patricia served on the Traver School Board. She also worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Rondo Manor restaurant (now Hemingways) in Lake Geneva, and later for the Elkhorn Lumber Co. She loved cooking, reading and dancing. If music was playing, she wanted to be dancing, and she was happy whenever she had a new pile of library books to read. Patricia also had a lifelong love for words and prided herself in doing patternless crossword puzzles in pen. She also enjoyed playing cards with friends and fishing for bluegills, perch and rock bass on her beloved Geneva Lake.

She was devoted to her family. There wasn’t a thing she and her children couldn’t talk about. She set the example for courage, honesty, perseverance and hard work. She grew up through the Great Depression and was a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II. She also raised her three children in times and circumstances that weren’t easy — just as many of her generation did. They endured. And triumphed. She was a member of the Greatest Generation. And she will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends in Wisconsin and Florida.

Patricia is survived by son David (Susan) Kronwall, Lake Geneva; daughter Joyce (Darrell) Stickney, Delavan, and son Scott (Wendy) Kronwall, Blaine, Minn.; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Memorial service at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at the United Church of Christ-Congregational in Delavan, with Patricia’s niece, the Rev. Glenna Olumstad, Des Plaines, Ill., officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Walworth Memorial Library, P.O. Box 280, Walworth, WI, 53184, for their building fund.

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