Rosa Marie Connell

Rosa Marie Connell

TREMONT, Ill.- Rosa Marie Connell, age 79, of Tremont, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

She was born on Oct. 23, 1940, in Pekin, Ill., the daughter of Paul and Gertrude (Litterst) Shannon.

Rosa graduated from Delavan High School in 1958 and from St. Francis Nursing School in Peoria, Ill. She married Donald L. Connell at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Delavan, Ill on Feb. 23, 1963.

Rosa was a dedicated registered nurse and worked for Pekin Hospital, Dr. Tosi’s Pediatric Clinic, Pekin, Ill, and Tazewell County Health Department, specializing as a lactation consultant, in Tremont, Ill. retiring in the 1990’s. Later in life, she belonged to a clown club, where she was affectionately known as, Clutzy the Clown. Rosa enjoyed reading, creating artwork, working crossword puzzles, playing bingo and solitaire. She was a loving and caring mother to her six children.

Rosa is survived by her children, Patrice (David) Parsons, Shannon Connell, Em McCarty, Elizabeth (Jason) Wright, and Sean (Crystal) Connell; daughter-in-law, Heather Connell; 17 grandchildren; two sisters, Paula (Ron) Shoup and Sheila (Harish) Sud; and brother, Jerry (Rita) Shannon. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael L. Connell; husband, Donald; and her parents.

Memorial services will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be gifted in Rosa’s name to the National MS Society Wisconsin Chapter.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
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