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“My condolences to you Paul and your family. So sorry to hear about Nancy's passing. Will keep you in my thoughts. Kathy Olberg Sternbach. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Kathy Olberg Sternbach - CA

“Paul, Sorry to hear of the untimely passing of Nancy. I first met her at your father's wake. I remember her as quick to smile, ease to talk with...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Bill MacGillivray - Hingham, MA

“Growing up a mid Generation cousin, our birth years range the entirety for baby boomers; I had the wealth of worldly older cousins. Nancy Judge was...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Tricia Toomey Joyce - Auburn, MA

“Paul, Paul and Daniel: It was with great sadness that I read of Nancy's recent passing. I have such incredibly fond memories of her, and of all of...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Heidi Webb - Lincoln, MA

“Dear Paul, What a beautiful tribute to Nancy that appeared in the Globe. I was lucky enough to be Nancy's next door seat mate our freshman year at...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: susan jordalen leary - MA

“"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven..A time to be born,a time to die"Though we all know that...and Nancy,...Read More »
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7 of 14 | Posted by: Catherine Jerome - FL

“Nancy You brought light into the lives of our family with your gentle smile, reassuring words, constant caring and most of all a special light of...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Gregory Connolly - Belmont, MA

“We were so saddened by Nancy's passing. What a wonderful caring person and a great friend. She loved her family ❤May she Rest In Peace! ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Peggy Dugas - Corona Del Mar, CA

“Paul and sons,My husband Steve and I send our heart felt condolence to all of you on the passing of your wonderful wife and mom. She was a gem of a...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Gayle Strom - Portsmouth, RI

“Dear Paul, Paul, and Dan and Kate, Nancy was our dear dear friend who will be greatly missed by all. I will miss our talks and our walks and our...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Susan and Norman Fidel - FL

“Nancy was a friend since Childhood. She was the kind of person who didn't lose track of her friends and would always make the attempt to get people...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Gayle and Steve Strom - RI

“Paul and family, We were so sorry to learn of Nancy's passing. We remember many fond times spent with you and Nancy. These tough times are made all...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Kyle Lubitz - Cohasset, MA

“I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your wife passing she is now resting In Peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Dery, NH


Weston - Nancy Connolly died Friday, March 27th surrounded by her family in her Weston home. She was the cherished wife of Paul K. Connolly, Jr. with whom she shared a loving marriage of 50 years.

Born in Melrose and raised in Saugus, she was the daughter of the late Daniel M. and Barbara M. (Dupray) Judge. She was sister to Joan M. Judge of Hudson, and the late Peter D. Judge of San Francisco. She graduated from Nazareth Academy in 1965 and from Emmanuel College in 1969.

During the early years of her marriage, Nancy worked at the Waltham Public Library, the American Red Cross and at the Waltham District Court. She then devoted herself to raising her two sons, Paul and Daniel. She was their teacher, healer, class mother, and greatest advocate. After her children left the house, she cared for her father-in-law and then her parents.

Nancy and Paul lived in Waltham for a number of years before moving to Weston. They became parishioners of Saint John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley. Nancy loved people and enjoyed making and maintaining friendships. For Nancy, a friend was always worth the investment of time spent keeping in touch, even if they had moved to other parts of the country. She had a special gift for making the friends of her children feel like part of her family.

She had a passion for cooking, and sharing meals with family as well as friends new and old. Many will miss the personal notes and photos Nancy sent to let everyone know just how loved they were. Nancy also loved relaxing with a book, most of all contemporary fiction. Starting in 1982, she kept a diary of the books she read, returning often to the works of Anne Tyler, Jonathan Franzen, Toni Morrison, Neal Gaiman, and Mary Oliver.

During the two years she fought pancreatic cancer, Nancy handled the disease with grace, maintained a positive outlook, and continued to look after those closest to her. She was helped by her faith in God, her family, and the incredible support of so many friends.

Together with her husband, Paul, the couple set their hopes on reaching certain milestones.

First it was to enjoy the summer of 2018 at their summer house on Nantucket, a place where Nancy found peace, joy, and where she made new and lasting friendships. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren who gave her so much happiness.

The next goal was to make it to the holidays, and then the summer of 2019, when Paul and Nancy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Their last goal was a final soiree – a Caribbean cruise they were able to take in January 2020.

In addition to her husband, Paul K. Connolly, Jr., she leaves her children, Paul K. Connolly of San Francisco and Daniel M. Connolly and his wife Kathryn of Concord; her grandchildren, Ted, Caroline and Ella Connolly, and her sister Joan M. Judge of Hudson.

Nancy's family will honor and remember her life at a private graveside committal service at Linwood Cemetery in Weston. A Memorial Mass will be offered in Saint John the Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Road, Wellesley when it is safe for all of us to gather again.

Memorial donations may be made to the Youth Ministry at St. John the Evangelist Church, the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, or the American Red Cross.