Jill Connell

Jill A. Connell (Atherton)

Sunday, December 8th, 2019
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Jill A. Connell of Beach Pond Road Voluntown, Ct. passed away surrounded by her loved ones on December 8th, 2019 at W.W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Ct.

Born on April 21, 1956 in Westerly, R.I., she was the daughter of the late William and Dorothy Atherton.

She met the love of her life, Robert Connell, at Southern Connecticut State University and were married for 38 years.

Jill was a School Psychologist at Chariho School District where she passionately helped countless children and families in need for 35 years. She enjoyed walks along Misquamicut beach, hiking and boating with her family.

In addition to her husband Robert, she will be dearly missed by her three sons, Sean Connell, Reid Connell and Chip Connell; twin sisters, Jane Atherton and Jean Morosini of Westerly and four nephews, Lance Morosini, Kevin Morosini, Andrew Connell and Joshua Connell; and her mother-in-law Marilyn Sunderland.

Visiting hours are omitted. Funeral service and burial will be private. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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Linda Beaudry

Posted at 08:51pm
I'm so deeply sorry to hear of Jill's passing. I worked with Jill for many years at Charlestown School. She was truly dedicated to helping others. I often had lunch Jill. She always talked so highly of her boys. She enjoyed visiting them in Texas. She will be sadly missed by all. Sending prayers to her family at this difficult time.

Sandy Cook

Posted at 09:55am
Sending my sympathy to the entire Connell and Atherton family. Some of my favorite work memories were back in Jill's preschool class where she was so compassionate to the special needs of her students. I am happy to have had the many years working together and enjoying the times of sharing updates of our families. May God comfort your family at this most difficult time.
Sandy Cook

Maria Cook

Posted at 06:13pm
My sympathy to the Connell and Atherton family. I grew up around the corner from Jill in Pawcatuck, Ct. and my first job at Ashaway School I was so happy to be working in her room, to be with a familiar face and such a nice person. That was 28 years ago and through the years I have always enjoyed when I would have the chance to talk with Jill about people we knew from Pawcatuck and Stonington High School. I will always have wonderful memories of Jill. God bless her whole family.

Barbara Iacoi

Posted at 04:55pm
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Jill's family. I worked with her at Charlestown school for many years. Jill was my go to person when I needed advice for a student. Loved our conversations in the teacher's room at lunch about all things Westerly.

Andrea Mea

Posted at 02:08pm
I am so sorry to hear of Jill's passing. She was such a kind and caring woman. My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Once you have the strength, or if you need anything, please give me a call. Tony Mea (860) 984-6131

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