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Florence Connelly Shulman

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A private family celebration of life memorial is planned July 31 for Florence Marie (Siwicki) Connelly Shulman, who died of congestive heart failure July 18, 2004, at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev. She was 84.

Flo’s parents came to America from Poland in the late 1800s and settled in Chelsea, Mass., where she was born June 6, 1920. After Flo’s marriage to Richard Connelly Sr. in 1939, they moved west to California and settled at Rodeo, Calif. She lived in Rodeo until 1966, when she moved to South Lake Tahoe with husband, Stanley Shulman, daughter, Diane Shulman, and son, Bill Connelly.

Flo was a gourmet chef and opened restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her customers followed her each time she moved to a new restaurant to enjoy her gourmet cooking and her always-cheerful presence. Flo was a symbol of love, patience, joy, happiness and compassion. She loved to cook and many of her family’s best memories are of spending time in the kitchen with her and sharing family meals together. During her years retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow into young adults and her great-grandchildren come into the world. She also enjoyed playing the slot machines and spent many of her leisure hours at Harveys Resort Casino. There are no words to describe how she will be missed. She will always be remembered by the many people she touched during her life.

She is survived by her children, Richard Connelly of Sparks, Nev., Carolyn Connelly Posedel of Sacramento, Calif., Ron Connelly of Rio Vista, Calif., Bill Connelly of South Lake Tahoe, and Diane Shulman Hill of Sugar Land, Texas; grandchildren, Cindy, Kelly, Richard, Kurt, Kristine, Matthew, Brandon, Michael, Holly and Nicole; and great-grandchildren, Lauren, Randy, Jack, Mandy, Kayla, Megan, Andrew and Haley. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 17 years, Richard Leo Connelly Sr., and her second husband of 46 years, Stanley David Shulman.

A private family celebration of Flo’s life will take place July 31. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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