OBITUARY

Francis S. "Mike" Connelly

July 9, 1935April 21, 2021

Mr. Francis S. "Mike" Connelly, 85, a longtime Indianapolis resident, passed away peacefully at Marquette Manor on the morning of April 21, 2021, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, with his wife of 59 years, Emme, by his side.

Born to Henry J. Connelly and Martha Stewart in Chicago, Illinois, on July 9, 1935, Mike was the second of 6 children, all of whom were avid swimmers. He grew up in Naperville, Illinois, attending Saints Peter & Paul Catholic School, Marmion Academy for high school, then college at the University of Notre Dame. He loved his time at Notre Dame, where he played saxophone in the marching band (traveling all over the United States), was in Army ROTC, and swam with the swimming club. Mike was instrumental in elevating the Notre Dame Swim Club to a collegiate level competitive swimming program. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1957 with a degree in accounting. He went on to study at DePaul University Law School in Chicago, earning his J.D. in 1962. During this time, he served for several years in the Illinois National Guard.

He and Emme (nee Onak) married in October 1962 and resided in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1967 Mike was selected from the ranks of the Arthur Young & Company’s Chicago office to open its Indianapolis office where he worked until 1976 when he moved to Krieg, DeVault, LLP, continuing his career as a Tax Attorney. Mike became a partner at the firm, and was a respected tax attorney in the Indianapolis community. He was very dedicated to his profession, and more dedicated to his wife Emme, his five children, the St. Luke Catholic parish and community, and multiple volunteer organizations, including the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Mike was a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, and a member of the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis, the Riviera Swim Club, Meridian Hills Country Club, the Indianapolis Sailing Club at Geist Reservoir, and the former Indianapolis Athletic Club where he played club squash for many years.

Mike was predeceased by his parents, and his sister Jill Oberweis. Mike is now with God and reunited with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Emme; siblings Patricia Haas, Jackie Peterson, Jeanne Rechenmacher, and John Connelly; daughter Anne Connelly, son Thomas Connelly, daughter Maureen (Connelly) Fabry, daughter Mary Beth Connelly, and son Patrick Connelly; grandchildren Patrick Flood, Madeleine (Flood) Stamper, Michael Flood, Thomas Flood, Grace Westover Erickson, Luke Fabry, and Lex Fabry; great-grandchildren Lucy Flood, Theodore Stamper, and Rhys Stamper; and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00am-10:30am, Saturday, April 24, at the Chapel at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, 9001 Haverstick Road, Indianapolis, IN 46240. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am, immediately following visitation.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following: University of Notre Dame, the Retirement Fund of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, or The Parkinson’s Foundation. If making a memorial donation to the University of Notre Dame, please direct your gift to Men’s Swimming - In memory of Francis S. “Mike” Connelly. Gifts may be made online at giving.nd.edu, by phone at (574) 631-5150, or by mail: University of Notre Dame, Department of Development, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.

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Marilynn Raymond Vannucci

April 24, 2021

Growing up in Naperville with the Connolly family has wonderful memories. I am deeply saddened to hear of Mike’s passing and was happy to be able to livestream his funeral Mass. The eulogies brought back so many memories. My heartfelt sympathy is extended to Mike’s entire family as you celebrate a life well lived.

Kate (Matyas) Bradbury

April 23, 2021

I have terrific memories of Uncle Mike and his family joining our family gatherings at his sister-in-law, Margaret's house (my grandmother). Uncle Mike would sit with my grandfather and chat but he would always stop us as we wandered thru the room to talk to us and learn about what was going on in our lives. It was pretty clear to see that he had high expectations of the next generation and even talked to my dad about ME going to Notre Dame. As I got older, and was out on my own, I had the chance to live in Indianapolis and got to stop in quite a bit to visit Aunt Emme and Uncle Mike. It was great to have family close by and I always felt welcome there. He was a devout Catholic, with a love for our Savior, his wife and his children.

The Connelly clan was a family I looked up to and really enjoyed spending time with. Over the years we have grown up and gone different directions and lost touch, but I have fond memories of Anne, Tom, Maureen, Mary Beth and Patrick. I am so so sorry for your loss and I wish I could be there to celebrate Uncle Mike like he deserved. I hope you feel virtual hugs from Tennessee and please do not ever hesitate to visit us. Our doors are always open to you.

Rest in our Lord's arms, Uncle Mike.

Kate

Madeleine Stamper

April 23, 2021

There are so many things to share about Pop. He taught me how to swim. How to play tennis. How to look at the middle of the road when you drive at night. How to tell a good (corny) joke and make everyone laugh. How to type on a typewriter. How to sail. How to fish. How to play pool. How to play CHESS. (The hours and hours of chess!) How to invent a holiday that allows you to eat ice cream for breakfast. “Palm Sundae” if you’re wondering ...

Among all the huge things I could say about my grandfather, it’s the small things that stick with you. Picking honeysuckle in the yard. Playing bocce ball and never winning (Pop was never one to let you win - you had to earn it!)

Pop’s favorite fruit was raspberries. So they became my favorite fruit, too. In the summer we would have raspberries with breakfast, lunch and dinner (sometimes we could pick them ourselves in the acre or so behind their house) and often we would have a raspberry danish, a special treat on the weekends. The year we lived with my grandparents, when I was in second grade, I knew I could talk my grandfather into buying treats at the grocery store only if they had raspberries in them.

It’s such a small thing, but when I was at the grocery store yesterday and I saw a display of raspberries I broke into tears.

Although you know with logic that aging grandparents will pass someday, life tricks you into feeling like you have so much time. Then a pandemic strikes and you are without visits for a year. I was so looking forward to my littlest redhead Rhys meeting his grandfather, the oldest redhead in the family.

Although I wasn’t able to say goodbye or introduce him to my youngest son, I will have so many memories to share with both my boys.

And every summer we will have so many raspberries.

Rest In Peace, Pop. I love you.

Carol Penn

April 23, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Mike Connelly for several years at Krieg DeVault. He was a very kind man with a unique sense of humor. He spent time with his clients to be sure they understood the intricacies of an issue. I enjoyed greeting him on St. Patrick's Day with: "Top o' the mornin' to ya', Mr. Connelly". And he always responded: "And the rest of the day to you." He was devoted to his wonderful wife and delightful children. My condolences to the Connelly family. I am glad I had the chance to know him.

Paul Lindemann

April 23, 2021

Mike and I joined Krieg DeVault about the same time, he as a seasoned tax practitioner and I as a recent law school graduate. Mike took me under his wing and taught me so much about tax law and how to do business transactions. In particular, he taught me how to treat both clients and opposing counsel with respect and fairness. After about 20 years, I started to even win some tax arguments with him, although not very many. The world is a much better place with people like Mike. I will miss my partner and mentor.

Mike Rusnak

April 22, 2021

I first met Mike in 1980 as a beginning attorney for the IRS Chief Counsel's office, and later worked with Mike as a fellow member of the Indiana state bar association. Mike was a humble, seasoned and respected tax attorney eager to represent his clients and assist younger less experienced lawyers. I am sure he will be missed by those who got to know him.

Clifford Vogelsang

April 22, 2021

I anointed Mike two weeks ago. He was a good man and was certainly ready to meet Our Lord. May he have peaceful rest and eternal memory. Rev. Clifford Vogelsang

C. Bernard Huesing

April 22, 2021

We are saddened by the loss of our dear and long-time friend, Mike. In addition to our friendship, Mike provided sound legal counsel as my attorney and as a board member of my manufacturing companies during his tenure at Krieg DeVault law firm. We will always enjoy fond memories and good times with Mike and Emme over golf, dinners, lunches, etc.

Bernard and Nancy Huesing

Tom Knott

April 21, 2021

Marrying into the Connelly clan is not for the weak of heart or timid in constitution. It all started with aunts Jackie, Jill, and Jeanne announcing the arrival of “Lover Boy”. After a trial period, and being deemed worthy to be called by my given name (“Tom the Lover Boy”), the time came for an audience with THE POPE.

My prospective (now permanent) wife and her cousins had all warned me about Uncle Mike, and had built up my impending showdown into a trial rivaling the Spanish Inquisition. By reputation and achievement, Uncle Mike did cut an imposing figure. But instead of dogma, there was wise counsel. Instead of censure, there was genuine concern on the deepest personal level. Yes, it is difficult to have your faith challenged, but the past 3+ decades since meeting Uncle Mike has shown me there are few in this world who will share that precious gift. I, and many others, are better for it.

We grieve, because of Uncle Mike’s absence. But his example lives on - through, and because of, I’m sure, Aunt Emme. We celebrate, because of resurrection. Faithful servant, collect your Heavenly reward.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY