Dennis M. Connolly, Sr.

Dennis M. Connolly, Sr.

April 7, 1942 – April 19, 2021

Denny was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor to many. He was known for his infectious smile and laugh. He is survived by his loving wife and high school sweetheart, Karen (née Ternus). Denny spent his career as a lawyer and was active in the Boy Scouts and Serra Club International for many years, teaching kindness by his example. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Katherine Connolly. He is survived by Karen, his wife of 57 years, as well as their eight children and their spouses: Mike (Dennis Jr.) and Leslie, Tim and Claire, Chris and Kim, Colleen and David Schultz, Sheila Nolan, Matt and Jonna, Greg and Kaitie, and Sean and Melanie; their 20 grandchildren: Maggie, Liam, Drew, Eleanor, Tanner, Charlotte, Brigid, Micaela, John, Caroline, Emily, Charlie, Saoirse, Sophia, Grace, Teddy, Brody, Teagen, Devin, and Lydia; his siblings: Joan Haggerty, John Connolly, and Tom Connolly; and many nieces and nephews.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted by Mount Michael Abbey Vocations Fund at; Serra Club of Omaha; or CHI Hospice at



  • Fr Owen Korte Posted April 25, 2021 6:58 am

    Many good memories of my first years in the priesthood spending time and maybe some chartreuse at your home. Prayers for you Karen and the family. I will say a mass for Denny. Fr ok

  • Nick & Mary Jane Camero Posted April 25, 2021 10:03 am

    We are truly sorry for your loss, He will greatly missed by many. your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bob Wentz Posted April 26, 2021 12:55 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Never easy to lose a love one. Prayers coming your way.

  • John Filbert Posted April 26, 2021 5:54 pm

    Greg —-Sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I know you will miss
    him terribly as I did mine.

  • Mary Haven Posted April 26, 2021 8:21 pm

    Karen, I am thinking of you and your family. Dennis was always a fine man and I was privileged to know both of you when we were both younger. May your memories bring you peace.

  • Gary and Nancy Schultz Posted April 27, 2021 3:27 pm

    Gary and I have you and your whole family in our hearts and prayers, Karen. We appreciate the wonderful example Denny was to his whole family. He will be greatly missed.

  • Randy Osburn and Terry Jones Posted April 29, 2021 3:35 am

    Very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Connolly family.

  • Bob Connolly Posted April 30, 2021 2:36 am

    I will always his laugh… spontaneous, heartfelt, genuine, infectious.

  • Carole Rodero Posted May 18, 2021 6:26 am

    Memories of Denny and Karen go back decades. What I remember and cherish most about Denny is his infectious sense of humor and his loving and great, generous heart.

    Our minds are magical. We can summon, with a simple recollection, those who are no longer with us. Denny will remain present – in my heart and in my thoughts.

    I send deep and heartfelt condolences to his entire family, especially to Karen who shared so many decades with her devoted partner.

  • Elizabeth Easley Posted May 28, 2021 4:17 pm

    Denny was such a dear friend who will be sorely missed by all! Denny was a brilliant witty man with an infectious laugh. Thanks for all the great times we shared! May you rest peacefully in God’s loving arms!
    Love you forever, Greg and Liz Easley

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