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Mary L. Connell, 95 – Skilled Wedding Cake Baker

Mary L. Connell, 95, of, Pottsville, died Sunday June 25, 2023 at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

She was born June 29, 1927, in Pottsville a daughter of the late John and Mary Ellis Lesko.

She was a 1945 graduate of Pottsville High School.

Prior to retiring she worked as a bookkeeper for the former Pottsville Hospital and Warne Clinic and American Surgical Supply.

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Mary was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, a charter member of the Catholic War Veterans Women’s Auxiliary, Pottsville, the St. John Catholic Women’s Union and St. John the Baptist School PTA where she enjoyed making subs for fundraisers.

She was also a skilled wedding cake baker and took delight in making her creations for area weddings.

She was predeceased by the love of her life, her husband George. The two were wed August 10, 1946 and married for 27 years before his death in 1973. She was also predeceased by a son John, daughter Mary Jane and son Joseph.

She is survived by two sons; George Connell and his wife Sharon of Frederick, Maryland and Jim Connell and his wife Doi of Peoria, Arizona, five daughters; Janet Basch and her husband Marty of Center Conway, N.H., Terri Johnson and her husband Van of Tucker, Georgia, Bernie Connell-Stahl and her husband Randy of Fort Collins, Colorado, Karen Rhoad and her husband Steve of Hummelstown and Susie Zoller of Pottsville, 13 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated will be celebrated 11AM Thursday on Mary’s 96th birthday at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville.

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Family and friends are invited to a viewing from 6-8PM Wednesday at James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville and from 10AM until the time of Mass Thursday at the church.

The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions in memory of Mary to either the St. John the Baptist Catholic Women’s Union, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville PA 17901 or Schuylkill Center, Homestead Unit, 1000 Schuylkill Manor Rd. Pottsville PA 17901.

Interment will follow in St. John No. 2 Cemetery, Pottsville.

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