Donald Connelly Aug. 17, 1946 – Jan. 29, 2020

Donald Connelly

Donald Connelly, 73, of Stone City, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at Northbrook Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids. 

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, where the family will greet friends from 9 a.m. to the time of service. Burial will be in Wilcox Cemetery, Viola, where military honors will be conducted by the Anamosa Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be shared with the family at 

Donald Lance Connelly was born Aug. 17, 1946 in Anamosa, the son of Gerald and Mary (Strabala) Connelly. He attended Anamosa Community Schools and served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He married Virginia Chapman in 1968. The couple made their home in Monticello and later divorced. He moved to Stone City a few years later and married Cathy Collman there in 1992. She died in 2001. 

He was employed as a welder for FMC Link Belt Speeder in Cedar Rapids and later worked as a guard at the Iowa State Men’s Reformatory in Anamosa. He was a member of the VFW and Drill Team in Monticello and enjoyed watching television, especially westerns and MASH, canoeing and fishing, driving old cars, riding motorcycles and cheering on the Broncos. He enjoyed a simple, quiet life. 

He is survived by his children Angie (Kevin) Melsha of Cedar Rapids, Lance (Vivian) Connelly of San Ramon, Calif., Amy (Kent) Zirtzman of Manchester and Joseph (Anna) Connelly of Grand Rapids, Minn., grandchildren Trevor Melsha, Rylee Melsha, Isaac Zirtzman, Olivia Zirtzman, Aidan Zirtzman, Samantha Connelly and Allison Connelly, his siblings Terry (Anita) Gingerich of Las Cruces, N.M., Marilynn (Paul) Sternick of Melbourne, Fla. and Mike (Michelle) Connelly of Loudon, Tenn., a sister-in-law Sue (Roger) Smith of Stone City, a very good friend Mike “Birddog” McCullough of Stone City and by several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife Cathy, he was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Ken Collman. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Above & Beyond Home Health Care, St. Luke’s Hospice Care and Northbrook Manor Care Facility for the care they provided for Don. 


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