Sean Connolly Obituary

Sean Fitzgerald Connolly
Sean Fitzgerald Connolly
Sean Fitzgerald Connolly

June 11, 1982 - December 17, 2008
Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Resided in Iowa City, IA
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Sean Connolly, 26, and his fiancé, Sarah, 27, died in a car accident on Highway 965 between North Liberty and Coralville on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. Funeral service for Sean will be held 10 am Monday, December 22, at Assumption Catholic Church in Granger. Cremation will follow services.

Sean was born in Cedar Rapids to William and Diane (McInerney) Connolly. He grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota and moved to Granger at the age o f 13. Graduating from Woodward-Granger in 2000, Sean participated in theatre, golf, jazz band, basketball, baseball, cross country, and choir. In high school he developed his love of science.

Sean graduated from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, in 2004 with a double major in biology and chemistry where he was a Resident Assistant, played in the Jazz Band, and played intramural sports. While at Buena Vista he served an internship at the University of Iowa in the biology program, during which he met his fiancé, Sarah. After receiving his degree from BVU he began his graduate program at the University of Iowa working toward a PhD in Immunology which would have been completed in the fall of 2009. Sean and Sarah were planning an October, 2009 wedding.

Sean is survived by his sister, Diana Kathleen Connolly of Granger; Uncle Mike and Aunt Sue (Connolly) Musich, who helped raise him, (and their children Sam and Nick) of Granger; his grandparents, Richard "Sh orty" and Helen Connolly of Granger, Dorothy McInerney of Highland Park, Illinois and Leonard and Mary Musich of Chicago, Illinois; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeffrey Scott Connolly, his parents, Diane Connolly in 1994 and William Connolly in 1996 and his grandfather, Michael McInerney.

Family will receive friends from 4 to 6pm Sunday at Assumption Catholic Church in Granger where a vigil service will be held at 6pm. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established at the University of Iowa in Sean and Sarah's names together.


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Assumption Catholic Church
1904 Sycamore Street
Granger, IA 50109
Sunday, December 21, 2008
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Assumption Catholic Church
1904 Sycamore Street
Granger, IA 50109
Monday, December 22, 2008
10:00 AM


University of Iowa in Sean & Sarah's names together
P.O. Box 4550
Iowa City, IA US 52244-4550