Arlene Connolly
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Obituary of Arlene Connolly

Arlene had a bold and spunky personality. She loved life and rarely let anything get her down. She adored her family, her children and grandchildren were her whole world. She was always sure to tell each of them that they were “her favorite”, as long as the others weren’t around at the time. Her grandchildren gave her a new life when they were around. She always said that being “grammy” was way better than being a mom!

Arlene met Francis, her loving husband, at a friend’s bridal shower but it wasn’t until he ran into her at George & Eddies Tavern that the two really connected. Francis kept coming back to the Tavern hoping to run into her again. Finally, he found the opportunity to ask Arlene out. From that day forward, the two were inseparable and managed to stay married for an impressive 62 years. The love that they shared was insurmountable.

Arlene loved watching the seasons change. She loved the fresh air that spring brought, the warmth that comes with the summer sun, the brilliant colors of the fall and the family time that winter holidays allowed for. She lived for the little moments, such as sitting on the beach with her toes on the sand and soaking up the sunshine.


Connolly, Arlene B. (nee Monkelbaan), formerly of Lake View, on December 17, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Francis J Connolly; loving mother of Anne McCooey, Mary Ellen (Bernard) Rickard, Susan (Gregory) Wegener, Peter Connolly, Paul Connolly and the late David Connolly; loving grandmother of Christopher, Katherine (Ryan Kelly) McCooey, Nicholas Rickard, Emma, Maxwell Wegener, Nalay Connolly, and Molly Connolly; loving sister of the late Katherine Theurer, late  Charles Monkelbaan and late Marie King; also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 4-8 Thursday at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Dr, Hamburg (cnr Camp Rd & Rt 5.) (716-627-2919) A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30AM Friday at St. John Paul II Church, Lake View. Online condolences can be made at