Sister Patricia Connolly, 85, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) for 66 years, died on Feb. 5, 2018 in Ross Hall at the SCL Mother House, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Sister Patricia Connolly, 85, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) for 66 years, died on Feb. 5, 2018 in Ross Hall at the SCL Mother House, Leavenworth, Kansas.
Patricia was born Feb. 18, 1932 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the second of five children of Timothy and Anna White Connolly. Faith, diligence and a fun-loving Irish spirit characterized the Connolly household where young Patricia was a gregarious and spunky child and teen. She attended grade school and three years of high school in Council Bluffs and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, Leavenworth. Patricia entered the SCL Community on Aug. 21, 1951. She professed vows as Sister Anne Timothy on Aug. 22, 1953, and later returned to her baptismal name.
Three distinct ministries occupied the greater portion of Sister Pat’s service as an SCL. With a degree in education from Saint Mary College, she taught grade school from 1953 through 1970. She next earned a respiratory therapy degree, and worked and supervised in SCL hospitals in Santa Monica, California; Kansas City, Kansas; and Leavenworth. In 1977, family caregiving in Council Bluffs became her full-time ministry – for her parents, her brother and his wife, all of whom died in subsequent years. During this time, Sister Pat and her youngest brother assumed responsibilities for raising their young niece. While Sister Pat said her life as a woman religious was different than she expected, she considered it wonderful and blessed.     
Sister Pat returned to Leavenworth in 2000 and later served as transportation assistant for the Health and Wellness Office. She moved to the Mother House in 2011 and to the Ross Hall skilled nursing facility in October 2015.
Preceding Sister Pat in death were her parents; her sister Mary Anne; and brothers Gerald J. and William P. Survivors include her brothers J. Michael (Mick) Connolly and John Ireland, Council Bluffs; nieces Dotty Connolly and Stephanie Connolly (Amber Taylor), Omaha; extended family, sister-in-law Darlene Morrow, niece Mary Ellen Pettit (John), and nephews Jimmy Morrow (Tommy Stewart) and Jack Morrow (Michele); special friend Neat Chestnut; and the SCL Community.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 in Ross Chapel, SCL Mother House, Leavenworth. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated in Ross Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Mother House grounds. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048. Arrangements by Davis Funeral Chapel.