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PALATINE [ndash] Eugene J. Connolly entered eternal life on August 25, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Gene was born in Wilkes Barre, PA, to Charles and Ann (Sharkey) Connolly. He was a graduate of King's College (BA) Wilkes Barre, PA and De Paul University (MS), Chicago, IL. He served his country for more than a quarter century as a Special Agent in the US Army Counterintelligence Corps, and later in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Upon retirement from the FBI, he served as the National Director of Security for Discover Financial Services, Inc., with whom he was affiliated for fifteen years. Eugene is a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS), the Knights of Columbus, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association.
He is survived by his loving wife of fifty years, Ann (Sullivan) Connolly, his three children: Karen (Joe) McDermott, Maureen (Rob) Kowalski, and Sean (Megan) Connolly, and ten grandchildren: Tara, Colin and Caroline McDermott; Ryan, Matthew, Andrew and Colleen Ann Kowalski; Shea, Griffin, and Marygrace Connolly. He is also survived by a sister, Barbara (Peter) DeLotto of Morristown, NJ, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Glueckert Funeral Home, 1520 North Arlington Heights Road (4 blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights, IL on Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 3:00pm - 8:00pm, with Rosary from 8:00pm - 8:30pm. A brief visitation will be offered at St. Edna Catholic Church 2525 North Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL on Friday, September 1, 2017 from 10:00am - 11:00am, with a Mass of Christian Burial immediately following at 11:00am. Burial will be at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery 1185 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL.
Masses for the repose of Gene's soul would be greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Feed My Starving Children 401 93rd Avenue NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 or to Little Sisters of the Poor St. Joseph's Home 80 Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067.
Funeral Information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.
Published on August 28, 2017
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