Paul D. Connelly, age 79, of Byron, passed away on Thanksgiving evening at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Paul was born March 23, 1940, at Saint Marys Hospital to Paul and Myrle (Campion) Connelly and grew up on the family farm near Byron. He graduated from Lourdes High School in 1957. He then went to work at Rochester Methodist Hospital and was employed there until his retirement in 2002.

He married Nancy Schimek on Oct. 2, 1971, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; five brothers, Gerald, Joseph (Karen), and William (Dorothy) of Rochester, John (Jacquie) of Byron, and James (Marilyn) of Bloomington; two sisters, Mary Ann (Terry) Schaefer of Rochester and Sharon (Brian Utley) of Lake Elmo. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; and sister-in-law, Margaret.

Although they had no children of their own, Paul had 45 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews. He was always interested in them and their activities.

Paul was a charter member of Christ the King Catholic Church, member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sons of American Legion Squadron 119, and an active member of the Byron community. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Christ the King Church in Byron, officiated by the Rev. John Lasuba. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Byron Funeral Home and one hour before the funeral at the church. Burial will be at the Byron Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Christ the King Catholic Church or Seasons Hospice.

Blessed be his memory.

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