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Wilma Treasa (Gibellino) Connolly

On May 29, 2023, we said goodbye to Wilma Treasa (Gibellino) Connolly, our beautiful, amazing, strong mother and friend who was always there for us. Wilma was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the first day of summer in 1931. She is survived by her two daughters, Cynthia Slevin (Edward) and Kathleen Connolly; grandchildren Nicholas Connolly, Shannon Wozniak (Robert), and Rachael Ott; great grandchildren Olivia Connolly, Ryan and Natalie Wozniak. She was predeceased by her Italian immigrant parents Augusto and Cesarina Gibellino, her brothers Clyde, Robert and William Gibellino and sister Margaret Gibellino; her husband of 65 years Edward Connolly, her daughters Susan and Kelle Connolly, and grandson Michael Slevin. Wilma was a first generation American and the last of the greatest generation in her family.

Wilma (Gibby) attended St. James Catholic School until her junior year when she transferred to Dormont High School and graduated in 1948. At a young age she worked at Ferrato’s packing noodles and then spent time assisting a professional seamstress where her sewing skills were perfected. After high school she worked in the credit department at Gimbels Department Store and then attended the Robert Morris School of Business (Pinkerton). After graduating from business school, she worked for Chatfield and Woods before landing a dream job with Capitol Records in Pittsburgh.

Wilma always enjoyed playing sports and after attending her first Pittsburgh Hornets hockey game, she was determined to learn to ice skate. Her love for ice skating at Duquesne Gardens in Pittsburgh changed her life, where she met her husband Edward who had just returned home from his service in the Army. They were married in 1954 and in 1959 they moved their family from Pittsburgh to Manassas, Virginia. Being from the city, the first question she had when settling in rural Manassas was, where do you catch the streetcar. Upon finding out there was no public transportation, she immediately obtained a driver’s license. She would drive her girls anywhere, from shopping in Seven Corners, swimming in Middleburg, skating at Cabin John, trips to Virginia Beach, visiting relatives, etc. When her girls were young, they attended All Saints Catholic School where she was active in the Women’s Club and was a substitute teacher there as well as for public schools.

Wilma (Willi) had many interests in addition to sports. She was a talented seamstress for her girls, always making them beautiful matching dresses, doll clothes, and when they were older, they could tell her a dress was needed for an event, and she would have it ready. She had an eye for style and took great pride in caring for her family, her home and her gardens. Willi loved to work in her beautiful gardens where she found a spiritual connection. She was unique, a creative designer and an avid collector of antiques. Willi was a wonderful cook all her life even at 91 and could provide the best Italian dinner. Family was important to her, and she always made sure every milestone, holiday, any event in her family’s life was celebrated together. Willi loved to travel with their lifelong group of friends from trips to the Lions Club conventions, semi-annual Myrtle Beach golf trips, annual Vermont trips, Italy, Ireland, Australia and any other trip her friends planned since they took turns organizing adventures and making memories together.

Wilma lived a good life with her family and friends; we find comfort in knowing she will be reunited with all of her loved ones.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2023, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Olde Towne Funeral Home, 9320 West Street, Manassas, VA 20110. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 5, 2023, at 12:30 PM at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA 20110 with Rev. Lee Roos officiating.  Interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Wilma T. Connolly to Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center in Haymarket, Virginia where they have wonderful programs to help children, teens, adults, military, etc with physical, cognitive, and/or mental health challenges.



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9 Responses

  1. I am so saddened at the loss of our dear sweet Aunt Willie. She has always been one of my favorite people and always will be. She will be deeply missed by the whole family. My deepest sympathies to Cyndi, Kat and their families. Rest well Aunt Willie and give my love to the family. I love you.

  2. Godspeed Willie on your new journey! I will always love you as a dear friend!

  3. I have fond memories being at your house when me sister Pam and Susie ran together and went ice skating a time ir two as well. Your mom was always so kind. My sincere and deepest condolences

  4. Willie and I met when we were 33 years old and became fast friends and remained friends all the years. We had a group of friends that remained together for many years having parties, dinners and trips together. To have had Willie in my life for so many years was a pleasure and we made memories that I will never forget.
    Thank you Willie.

  5. To Kat, Cyndi & your families: please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss.
    Your mom was a wonderful woman and she will be missed. It helps to know that she was greeted by so many of her friends that “left” before her and that she is now reunited with Ed, Susan, Kelle & Michael. May the memories that are shared with you in the coming days help to mend your hearts. Hugs to all.

  6. Bill and I are already grieving her loss. She will surely be miss in her neighborhood.
    We’re so sorry we cannot be here for her services as we will be out of state. Just know our hearts are will all of her family.

  7. Dear Cyndi and Kat,
    So very grateful I was able to meet your mother and have a lovely visit with you all last summer. Saddened we could not get to do it again this year. Looking forward to seeing you both again soon. Sending love and prayers for comfort.

  8. Dear Cindi, Kat, and family,
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Willi’s passing, but know she’s now with our dear Lord and all of her family and friends in Heaven!
    Willi was simply an outstanding lady and a very talented individual. We feel honored to have known Willi , Ed, and all of their family for over 25 years.
    She will be dearly missed, and made such a positive imprint on everyone she met.
    Peg and Dick Friedel

  9. Hi, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My sister and I are going through our parent’s pictures and have found many letters and pictures from Wilma to our mother Anna Marie Mcchesney. I just happened to google your mother yesterday and saw her obituary. We are not sure how they met and became friends. I’m sure you are so busy this week but if you get a chance and know any info, we would love to hear from you. I am on Facebook. Again, I’m so sorry and I could tell she was a loving friend to our mom!

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