February 21, 1924 - February 6, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 92
Marie Louise Hauger Connolly died on Monday, February 6, 2017 surrounded by family, friends and caregivers in her apartment at Autumn Leaves of Northwest Austin in Austin, TX. She was 92 years old. She is survived by her only child and daughter, Mary Anne Connolly of Austin, TX, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Marie Louise Hauger was born on February 21, 1924 in San Antonio, TX. She was the daughter and youngest child of William John Hauger and Alice Leona Jambers of San Antonio. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Col. John Michael Connolly, Jr., USAF, Ret., (who died May 31, 2012 in Austin), as well as five older siblings.
Marie was a 1942 graduate of Brackenridge High School in San Antonio and worked as a civil servant at Lackland Air Force Base for several years prior to her marriage.
She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church and its Sacred Heart Guild and was a Lady Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. She was a longtime member and honorary member of the Military-Civilian Club of San Antonio.
During her husband's 30-year military career, she was active in Air Force Wives Club activities in Tokyo, Japan; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.; Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
In addition to her service as a loving wife and devoted mother, Marie was known for her unwavering faith in God, boundless devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Catholic Church, as well as her deep love of family and friends. She also enjoyed pursuing her talents in painting, multiple crafts and cooking, as well as following the latest news and politics. She was known for her positive outlook, a deep respect for creation and wonder at the beauty of nature and the arts, as well as a wry sense of humor. These traits blossomed and continued into her final years and her optimism, determination and independent spirit inspired everyone she met.
From 2008-10, Marie resided at The Village of the Incarnate Word in Alamo Heights in San Antonio with her husband Mike; then both moved to The Summit Northwest Hills in Austin in 2010 to be nearer to their daughter. They then relocated to Parmer Woods assisted living community from 2011-16. In June of 2016, Marie joined the loving community at Autumn Leaves of Northwest Austin, just five minutes from her beloved Mary Anne. The family wishes to thank the caring staffs at The Village at Incarnate Word, The Summit, Brookdale Parmer Lane, Autumn Leaves, St. David's North Austin Medical Center and Standards Hospice, for their kind and loving attention to Marie in her final years.
The Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Porter Loring Mortuary, 1101 McCullough Avenue in San Antonio. A solemn Requiem Mass will be held at 12 noon on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3907 Harry Wurzbach Road, in San Antonio, followed by graveside ceremonies at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. The former pastor of St. Pius X and family friend Father Francis McHugh, will officiate at the Mass. Deacon Gene Townsend will officiate at the Rosary and internment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marie's honor to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul www.svdpusa.org, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation http://ww5.komen.org/, the Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org/donate or Conspirare www.conspirare.org.