Tom Connaughty -- Eyota

Thomas G. "Tom" Connaughty, 71, of Eyota, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, peacefully, in his home in the care of hospice.

Tom was born Oct. 5, 1945, in Winona to John and Grace (Mundt) Connaughty. He grew up on the family farm north of Lanesboro, graduating from Lanesboro High School in 1964.

Tom and Mary Moran were married Sept. 4, 1965, at North Prairie Lutheran Church. They lived in Chester until moving to Eyota to make their home in 1971. Tom worked 15 years for Frazier Construction as a back hoe operator. In 1979, he went on his own as a back hoe operator and established Tom Connaughty Construction. Tom was known for his witty sense of humor and his kind heart, always doing for others.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, Michon Connaughty (Norb Novotny) of Eyota, Michelle Connaughty of Eyota, Melissa Connaughty of Rochester, Marshal (Kirsten) Connaughty of Chester, and Marnie (Jeff) Eveslage of Rochester; six grandchildren, Cameron Christian, Laynee Poole, Taven Poole, Jack Connaughty, Eve Connaughty and Brinley Eveslage; siblings, Bob (Janet) Connaughty of Chatfield, Noreen (Sheldon) Plath of Plymouth, Minn., Keith (Marilyn) Connaughty of Lanesboro, and Jackie (Delbert) Hendershot of Stewartville.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael; a brother, Norman Connaughty; and a sister, Harriett Parsons.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Eyota, with the Rev. Jon Vollrath officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles. They may also call one hour before services at the church.

Please join Tom's family for a Celebration of his life from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Eyota American Legion with a light meal and refreshments being served.

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Memorials are preferred.