Thomas Joseph Connell, III

March 03, 1939 ‒ July 17, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio


MANSFIELD: Thomas Joseph Connell, III passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family.  He was 81.

He was born March 3, 1939 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Thomas Joseph Connell, II and Bernadine Weigers Connell and was graduated from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1957.  He also attended Davenport University where he earned his associates degree.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Tom served three years and was proud of his service.

On August 4, 1962 he married Dianne Elaine Daniels with whom he celebrated nearly 58 years of marriage.

Thomas worked for Conrail Corporation where he served on the Corporate Quality Council and Quality head in the Albany, New York Division.  He retired with over 35 years of service.

Thomas was a ferocious reader and simply loved John Wayne.  Unfortunately, Tom was diabetic for he had a love affair with sweets, including sponge candy and coconut doughnuts.  He was the family baker and made a mean queso.

There was nothing Tom valued more than his family and he enjoyed time spent together.  Thomas leaves a legacy of kindness and a strong work ethic.

He is survived by his loving wife Dianne Connell of Mansfield; three children Joe (Kathy) Connell of Erie, PA, Colleen (Patrick) Mingarelle of Columbus, and Daniel Patrick of Singapore;  three grandchildren Thomas Connell of Lexington, Michael Connell and Valerie Connell both of Erie, PA; siblings Susan O’Connell, Michael (Michelle) Connell, and Margaret Mary “Molly” VanBlack.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a sister Sharon Smith.

A family memorial mass will be held at Resurrection Parish in the future to be determined by COVID restrictions.

Donations in honor of Tom may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  • Diane,Tom was a great guy.Loved coming to your house to take care of Tom and visiting with you.Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss. My prayers be with your family during your time of sorrow. Rest in peace in heaven Tom. You were a great person who will be dearly missed by family and friends.

  • Tom, you will be missed. Your wife, my sister, was blessed to share 58 years with the man she loved so much. She was such a kind hearted caregiver as you struggled with your health situations.
    God knew it was time to bring you home and though we will miss you we are thankful that you are no longer in pain.

  • Dianne so sorry to hear about Toms passing 🙌 God Bless him and know you and your family our in our prayers 🙏. Love, Patti & Phil ❤️

  • Tom was a great friend for which I knew all through grade school, and high school.
    we joined the USMC together and when I arrived at Treasure Island, Tom was the first Marine I meet when I arrived. Tom knew it would take around two weeks to get discharged, but he got all the paper work done for me, got me home on Christmas eve, at 8:00 PM. My sincerest condolences to his entire family.

  • To Tom’s Family, so very sorry for your loss, Tom was a great guy we went to High school together at CC In the same home rooms. May he be at peace now. Prayers for all of you, God Bless you all!

  • Diane (Dani) and Family,
    I was sorry to learn of Tom’s death. Knew him for many years on the Westside (Garfield Ave and Lincoln Park) he was also a classmate at Catholic Central High School and a graduate of the school in 1957. Lots of good times and memories with the two of you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    “Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed members of CCHS – Class of 1957, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace . Amen.

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of another CCHS class of 1957 member . I remember Tom even tho we didn’t live too close or hang together . I do remember he was a great swimmer . One summer , I think it was 1956 up at Wolf Lake north of Baldwin , Mi.when he swam all the way across the lake with me in a row boat along side . That’s an over 300 acre lake !
    My prayers to you and your family .