Albany Times Union

Connolly, Ida



— Ida Connolly, 88, of East Greenbush, passed away peacefully at her home on March 18, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Albany in 1935, one of thirteen children of Joseph and Ida Danner. The family eventually moved to East Greenbush, where Ida met her beloved Gerald in 1954, and Ida lived in the East Greenbush area ever since.

She was predecease­d by Gerald in 2022 and is survived by her beloved family: her children, Michael (Joanne Fabian), Gerald,

Jr. (Patricia Casey), Karen Mack (Robert) and Steven (Colette Fontaine); her nine grandchild­ren, Michael Jr. (Junko), Matthew (Alexandria), Mitchell (Ileana), Casey Anne (Ty), Christophe­r, Sean, Kierlyn Mack and Ryan Mack, Eva; and her great-grandchild­ren, Aurora, Margot, and Sola. She was predecease­d by her brother Frank, and her twin Teresa. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary, John, Paul, Joseph, Elizabeth, Ottmar, George, Peter, Barbara, and Margaret; and many beloved in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

Ida attended St. John’s High School in Rensselaer. Upon graduation in 1953, she became employed as an associate in the trust department of the National Commercial Bank and Trust Company, where she met her beloved Gerald. After their marriage in 1957, she took up employment as a full-time homemaker and mother with the birth of Michael in 1958.

Ida regarded her responsibi­lities to her family, church, and community as the most important things in her life. She was a constant presence in her children’s lives, always there to make sure that every school, church, athletics, and community event was attended and fully supported. Her

children were matched only by her commitment to her parents, who she and her sisters and in-laws worked hard to make comfortabl­e through their declining years, as well as to her greatly loved siblings, nieces, and nephews.

A full partner in every sense to Gerald, Ida’s strength, common sense, and lifelong commitment to justice set the path for the family they nurtured.

Ida particular­ly found time to give back to her parish, volunteeri­ng at St. Mary’s Church and School for many years, including as school librarian, coaching students

program, and working at the Bazaar. Ida’s faith and daily prayers were a constant guiding light.

A huge proponent of advancemen­t through education, Ida helped her children attraction­s in the early years and continuing to world travel with Gerald. Her only travel regret was the fact that their age and declining health prevented them from going on safari to Africa. Ida was the self-designated parent to accompany children on thrill rides that needed adult accompanim­ent, sometimes whether the child wanted to ride or not.

A legendaril­y protective and permissive grandmothe­r, Ida constantly volunteere­d for childcare time and, with Gerald, took the grandkids on individual Disney trips through the years. Her Friday lunch gatherings were mandatory for all descendant­s, and always featured a spectacula­r spread of her children’s and grandchild­ren’s favorite foods. Even when in physical pain, the appearance of a grandchild or great-grandchild invariably resulted in great happiness.

Ida shared her family’s sports interests, refereeing Yankee-red Sox arguments and joining Giants fandom, including attending many tailgates and games, culminatin­g in attending Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapol­is with Gerald Sr., Steven, and Mike Jr.

Ida also enjoyed and was particular­ly proud of her world travel with Gerald. They visited (a non-exclusive list) the Pyramids, the Holy Land, Russia, all of Europe, the Great Wall, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Argentina, and Brazil. They also drove Karen across the continenta­l United States to begin her west coast adventure.

Ida will be particular­ly remembered by her children and grandchild­ren for her strength of will and courage in the face of debilitati­ng oll±……c ʱ† 䆅ƒ µ‹µ±† 7·… always the comfort of those she loved most, and she lived that commitment every day of her life.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Friday, 9:30 a.m. from the Rockefelle­r Funeral Home, 165 Columbia Tpk., Rensselaer and 10 a.m. at Church of St. Mary of Clinton Heights. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

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