Hubert “Hugh” and Louise (O’Neill) Connolly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 24 by renewing their vows at the 8 a.m. Mass at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Royal Palm Beach. Rev. Z. Andy Rudnicki officiated.
The Connollys are residents of Wellington. Hugh is a retired Naval officer and aerospace engineer, while Louise is a retired school bus driver.
They have four children and eight grandchildren. Their son, Hubert (Hubie), and his three daughters live in Royal Palm Beach; Deirdre Hammond and her husband, Charles, live in Phoenix, Ariz.; Amanda Wehrly and her husband, Mike, and three children live in Kauai, Hawaii; and Katherine Gill and her husband, Rick, and two children live in Anchorage, Alaska. The Connollys share their home with two Scottish terriers, Lady Anne and Angus Og (the wonder dog).
Louise is very active in the Wellington Seniors Quilters Bee where she makes quilts for donation to such charities as the Military Veterans Foster Home and the Palm Beach County Children’s Home. Louise also sews unique and colorful pillowcases with other Quilters Bee members for donation to Harmony House and the Kids Cancer Foundation. The Connollys are longtime amateur radio operators. Hugh collects stamps and is an avid reader.
Their careers led to assignments all over the United States, along with five years in Japan and one year in Mexico. They have lived in 18 different residences during the past 50 years and have finally settled down in Wellington.
Above: Louise Connolly, Rev. Z. Andy Rudnicki and Hugh Connolly.