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In loving memory of
Maria Ann Connell
  • May 06, 1950
  • -
  • September 03, 2018

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Maria Connell (Lucatuorto) of The Villages, Florida, formerly of Grand Island and Flushing, NY, came to eternal rest on September 3, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She was the daughter of Peter and Raffaela Lucatuorto born May, 1950. She was a graduate of John Bowne High School in Flushing, NY.

Maria was the wife of Thomas Connell for 48 years, mother of Laura (Travis) Layton of West Linn, Oregon and Michael Connell of Lodi, California, grandmother of Austin Connell, and Cookie Grandma to Hanna and Graham Layton. She is survived by brothers Michael and John, and their families.

Maria dedicated her life to the protection and education of children through her work at the Grand Island Memorial Library, Huth Road Elementary School on Grand Island, NY, and Saint Paul’s Catholic School in Leesburg, FL.  She was an active member of her parish communities, Saint Stephen on Grand Island, NY and Saint Timothy in Lady Lake, FL. An avid reader and appreciator of a warm cup of tea, she especially cherished time with family and friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church, 1351 Page Place, Lady Lake, Florida, at 8:30 am on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Inurnment will take place immediately following at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens, Ocala, Florida.

For those wishing to contribute, in lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Paul Catholic School VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) program may be made in Maria’s name to:  Saint Paul’s Catholic School, 1320 Sunshine Avenue, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Attn: Geri Connell.


St. Timothy’s Catholic Church
1351 Page Place, Lady Lake, Florida
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Date & Time:
September 17, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens
Ocala, Florida.

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  1. Roger and Deborah Burch says:
    15 Sep 2018
    God Bless the Connell family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Maria was a gentle soul with a big heart. She will be truly missed.

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    15 Sep 2018
    Lit since September 15, 2018 at 9:30:57 PM

  3. Kathy Lazenby says:
    14 Sep 2018
    Maria. Mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, friend. The dearest friend that I will ever have. More than a friend. There aren't enough wonderful attributes to describe her. God blessed this world and all of us with a beautiful woman so kind, caring, warm, loving, gentle, tender, generous, sweet, forgiving and compassionate. I am forever grateful for his gift. You were always there for me, helping me through difficult times with your support and encouragement. We shared years and years of wonderful memories filled with fun and laughter. And our 8-hour lunches!! I will cherish these memories and YOU forever. So very, very much love. ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. Michael Cutini says:
    13 Sep 2018
    Mr. Connell, Laura, Michael and family: I am so incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. I remember distinctly how much I enjoyed visiting the library at Huth Road Elementary where Mrs. Connell read to our class, and think of her often when reading to my own children. What a wonderful person. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

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