In memory of
Ann Johnston Connelly
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In memory of
Ann Johnston Connelly
Ann Johnston Connelly, 83, of Coventry, beloved wife of William Walsh Connelly who passed Feb. 20, 2005, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at Rockville General Hospital after a brief illness with her family by her side. Ann was born May 30, 1933, in Lockerbie, Scotland, daughter of the late William and Jane (Ferrish) Johnston. She and her siblings grew up in an orphanage where "Little Orphan Annie" gathered memories both fond and difficult and developed a strength of spirit that shined throughout her life. At 5 feet tall, Annie played attacking center for her school basketball team and met her future husband, Bill, at the age of 19 at a local dance. With nervous excitement she traveled across the pond at the age of 20 to join her beloved Bill. Several years later she was able to bring her treasured sister, Helen, to America to join her. Ann was a full-time wife and mother for many years, raising her five children and making her home both beautiful and welcoming. After her youngest went to school, she applied her propensity for math to her work as a bookkeeper until retirement. Throughout her life she made many strong, cherished friendships both in Connecticut and in Florida, where she and Bill resided for 11 years. Ann (aka "Nana Banana") is predeceased by her husband, William of 51 years; and her sister, Helen. She is survived by her three sons, Michael Connelly and Susie, of Colorado, Patrick Connelly and wife, Diane, of Plainville, and William "Billy" Connelly Jr. and wife, Meghan, of Mansfield; two daughters, Helen Juliano and significant other, Michael Bianchini, of Tolland, and Kathleen Polhemus and husband, Jeffrey, of Coventry; grandchildren Danielle, Jason, Katlyn, Del, Christina, Chelsea, Jessica, Daniel, Shannon, Zachary, Lindsay, Benjamin, Chelsea, Joshua, Holly, Jeff, Seth, Tommy, and Sami; great-grandchildren Micah, Huck, Chase, and Aniyah; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be private; there will be no calling hours. Coventry Funeral Home has care of the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in Ann's name to the Lupus Foundation of America at or the Arthritis Foundation at For online condolences, visit
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