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Thomas C. Connolly Jan. 15, 1927 - May 4, 2009

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DANVERS -- Thomas Charles Connolly, 82, of Danvers died Monday at Swift County Benson Hospital.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church in Benson. Burial will be in Visitation Catholic Cemetery in Danvers.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church, with a parish prayer service at 4:30 p.m., and for one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Zniewski Funeral Home of Benson.

He was born Jan. 15, 1927, in Benson to Daniel and Clara (Dolan) Connolly. He grew up and attended grade school in Danvers. He graduated from Benson High School in 1944 and attended St. John's University before enlisting in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy until 1946. He attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1950. He worked for Honeywell for four years before returning to work with his father at the State Bank of Danvers in 1954.

On Dec. 31, 1955, he married Ann DeMarce. She died in 1970.

On Sept. 27, 1974, he married Yvonne Raw. He became president and CEO of the bank following his father's death in 1960. He was a banker for more than 54 years and had worked until days before his death.

He was a member of the Swift County Benson Hospital Foundation and the Knights of Columbus. He served on the Benson School Board and as Danvers city clerk. He was a founding member and board member of Chippewa Valley Ethanol Co.

He is survived by his wife; his children: John (and Deb) Connolly of Danvers, Vince (and Joyce) Connolly of John's Creek, Ga., Joe (and Pam) Connolly of Lake Elmo, Ellen (and Jeff) Eckhoff of Northfield, Daniel (and Marcia) Connolly of Benson, Chauntel (and Brad) Rode of Benson, Kim Knutson of Madison, Wis., and Cari (and Peter) White of Chicago; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister: Charlene Hunter of West Des Moines, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and an infant brother.

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