REGINA C. CONNELLY (nee Buchheit), formerly of Feasterville, PA passed away on
December 6, 2020 at Garvey Manor in Hollidaysburg, PA. Regina was born on
November 30, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only daughter of the late John and Jennie (McKelvey) Buchheit.
On June 1, 1946, Regina married the late Francis G. Connelly. Surviving Regina are her daughters Patricia C. (K. Wayne) Fry of Port Matilda, PA and Mary F. Connelly of North Wales, PA. Regina is also survived by her three grandchildren Renee (Ryan Hawker) Fry, Quincy, Massachusetts; Julie Fry of Quincy, Massachusetts; and Michael Fry (Tammy) of Pesotum, Illinois. She is also survived by her great-grandson, Liam Fry-Hawker of Quincy, Massachusetts. In addition, she is survived by several nieces and nephews: Teresa (Larry) Turner of Talking Rock, Georgia with whom she had a special close relationship; nephews Edward (Mary) Buchheit of Fairfield, PA; James (Laura) Buchheit of Needmore, PA; and John (Laura) Buchheit of Gustavus, AK.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents Regina was preceded in death by her brothers, Gerard, John, Jr. (who was killed in the Pacific in WW ll), and Edward Buchheit, Sr.
Regina was a homemaker her entire life. She was a life-member of St. Christopher’s Church in Somerton, PA where she and her husband were part of the founding members of St. Christopher’s Parish in the 1950’s. One of Regina’s proudest life moments was when she secured a place of honor at the Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey for her brother John, Jr. As John’s remains were never found after the Battle of Peleliu, securing a burial site at Beverly, was of utmost importance to Regina as she didn’t want his sacrifice to go unrecognized.
Regina was very devoted to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and was a staunch supporter of the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown, PA and the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri.
Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Association of the Miraculous Medal, 1811 W St Joseph St, Perryville, MO 63775 (amm.org).
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