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Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Helen M. Connell, 98, a resident of Bettendorf will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1506 Brown Street, Bettendorf. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery, DeWitt. The family will greet friends Friday from 4 to 7 pm at Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, Davenport, with a 6:30 prayer service. There will be additional visitation in the Gathering Space at church Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the mass time.
Helen passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Helen Mary Kaszinski was born January 24, 1919 in Welton, Iowa the daughter of Theodore and Martha (Peska) Kaszinski.
Helen was united in marriage to Harold P. Connell on June 18, 1940 in Welton, Iowa. They shared 53 years of marriage together prior to Harolds passing on October 21, 1996.
Helen had worked for 50 years at Younkers cosmetics department at the Duck Creek and NorthPark locations.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or the Humility of Mary Center, Davenport.
She is survived by her children: Therese (Dick) Armstrong, Olathe, KS, Joseph (Kim) Connell, Peachtree, GA, Ruth Connell (Jim Miller), Peachtree City, GA, James Connell, Bettendorf, Kathleen Connell, Rock Island, IL, and Stephen Connell, Bettendorf; 14 grandchildren; Lisa Throm, Renee (Jeff) Lowery, Jason (Pam Calhoun, Craig (Penny) Steingraber, Carrie Callahan, Molly Drennen, Jessica (Michael) Middleton, Courtney (Brian) Heidik, Ryan (Shelby) Connell, Brandon (Katie) Connell, Sean (Kelli) Connell, Keaton Connell, Alicia (Jim) Lisafeld, and Jacob Connell; and 27 great grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband.
Online condolences may be left at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 11, 2017
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