Barbara Connell
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Connell, Barbara (nee Balda) of Tinley Park, wife of 60 years to Thomas Connell passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. She will be greatly missed by their seven children Frank (Tara Allen) Connell, Mary (Stephen) Sandgren, Barbara (Kit) Lindblom, Jo Ann (Christopher) Hendricks, Diane (Michael) Coleman, David (Kim Hall) Connell and Denise (Michael) Prezioso. Barbara was a student of Visitation Catholic school from grade school through high school graduation and proud of being a "Vis Girl"; enjoying many reunions and Saturday breakfasts with a circle of friends from "back in the day". Barbara, one of three children was preceded in death by her brother Frances "Frank" (Katherine "Kay") Balda and is survived by her youngest brother James "Jim" (Sandra) Balda. Barbara always said her childhood on the south side of Chicago was a loving one; full of friends and family of her parents, the late Agnes (Fik) and late Frances "Frank" Balda. Barbara was a homemaker, who from the earliest days of her marriage made a home in which people were welcomed if they were in need of a place. Her family recalls Barbara making room at the table for any friend, any time and always plenty to eat even if a stranger was brought home by one of the children unexpectedly. As a grandmother, Barbara enjoyed all 13 of her grandchildren and step-grandchildren with always an interest in their daily lives and events. She was an aunt and friend to many and could be relied on to send birthday cards and cheerful notes on special occasions. A celebration of her life will be held at Lawn Funeral Home, 7732 W. 159th St., Orland Park on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Nov. 30, 2019.
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November 30, 2019
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Therese Amato-Timmerman
November 30, 2019
Mom, Where do I begin? When I was one messed up kid, you and dad took me under your wings and into your home, something that I will be forever greatful for. Your constant prayers for me I know guided me. Heaven has gotten one special angel and I know you're in great company. Someday we will ALL be reunited and what a great party we're going to have. Love you mom, and thank you for loving me.
Deb Isom
November 30, 2019
To the ENTIRE Connnell Clan. My heart is sad for each and everyone of you. I know what your mom meant to you and how much you adored her. I am sure you are all feeling the deepest emptiness . I am so happy I got to see her two times this year. I am sad there will not be another chance. She shared the best stories and always spoke of her trips to FL to visit with my mom and how much she loved them. I remember after the party in May how she opened each and every card with a little spark in her eye from all the love she received on her anniversary celebration. She loved you all so much. The example she set of devotion to her marriage is one of the things I will remember most. My mom would always say I hope people would find a spouse to love the way my brother Tom loves Barb. They made an incredible family and were the most dedicated spouses to one another. Sending hugs and much love to all of you. Joanne and Roger
Joan Monson
November 30, 2019
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November 30, 2019
Beautiful obituary. So sorry for your loss.
Jennifer Sydow
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