Worcester: Roberta N. (Duncan) Connolly, 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in UMASS Memorial Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She leaves her beloved husband of 62 years, John R. Connolly; her devoted four sons, Michael D. Connolly and his wife Elizabeth of Shrewsbury, James F. Connolly of Worcester, Stephen F. Connolly and his wife Tia of Las Vegas, Alexander D. Connolly of Worcester; four sisters- Shirley Driscoll of TX, Frances O'Brien of Burlington, MA Katherine Mulligan of Canada, and Margaret Shea of Virginia Beach, VA ; thirteen grandchildren she adored, Melissa, Pamela, Mary, Michael, James, Robert, Colin, Brandon, Kerry, Kelly, Alexander Jr., John, and Sara ; seven great grandchildren that she cherished, with many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by 3 sons Patrick, Colin, and John; and 2 sisters - Jeannette Weber and Billie Morris.
Roberta was born in Melrose, MA, daughter of the late Francis Duncan and Nellie M. Duncan Kelliher, and her stepfather Fred Kelliher. She graduated from Malden High School in 1951 and worked as a secretary for various departments for the City of Worcester, and as a sales associate in the cosmetics department of several local department stores. She was a member of the former St. Bernard's Church. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother; caring for her husband, children and grandchildren was always the most important part of her life. She enjoyed spending time with her family, dancing, bowling, and laughing. Roberta was a leader by nature that enjoyed helping, supporting, and counseling people through their various struggles. The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff at UMass Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care for Roberta.
A calling hour will be held on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Nordgren Funeral Home 300 Lincoln St. Worcester. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. in St. Bernard's Church of Our Lady of Providence Parish 236 Lincoln St. Worcester. The burial will occur in the MA Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon separately. In lieu of flowers, donations in Roberta's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. For directions or to leave an online condolence message please click on link.