Regina (Barry) Connelly, 95, of Rising Sun, Wis., died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Lakeview Healthcare Center in West Salem, Wis.

She was born March 8, 1917, to Lee and Amelia (Shannon) Barry. Regina married Joseph Connelly on Aug. 9, 1938, at St. James Church in Rising Sun.

Regina was a wonderful mother and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She lived nearly her entire life on the farm where she was born. She enjoyed all the activities associated with farm life and loved being outdoors.

Many enjoyed the fruits of her huge vegetable garden as well as her great baked goods and cooking. No visitor went away hungry.

Survivors include her children, Pat (Kathy) of Lansing, Iowa, Betty (John) Lynch of Seneca, Wis., Jerry (Carol) of Madison, Wis., John of Spring Grove, and Danny (Robin) of Rising Sun.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, P.J., Tim and Steve Connelly, Jerry Lynch, Marci Payne, Katie Boos, Kelly Weisensel, Kris Holden, and Kim, Carrie, Matt, Adam and Jacob Connelly.

She is further survived by 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Elvena (Jim) Slattery, and a granddaughter, Tiana Connelly.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 8 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Viroqua, Wis. Monsignor Michael J. Gorman celebrated the Mass with burial in the St. James Cemetery at Rising Sun.

The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at