Charlene Connolly

May 8, 1947 - January 1, 2022
Charlene Connolly

On New Year’s Day 2022, heaven welcomed one of the most intelligent, generous, warm, and loving mothers, grandma, sister, and wife the world could have ever hoped for.

As a wife she was honest and loving with a smile and heart as big as they come. We loved and respected each other. As a mother, Charlene was a guiding light and such a positive driving force in the lives of her two sons. As a stepmother to her husband’s children, she would spend many an hour talking to and about the Young kids… they loved her so. As a grandmother, she was so loving and generous, always singing a song to warm the heart of her many grandkids. As a sister, she was kind, compassionate, loving, and a confidante – we played together as children, we cruised together with families, and grew older together. She was always part of my life. Our roots say we’re brother and sister, our hearts say we’re friends. There is an ache in our hearts that will never go away; we love her and miss her.

Wherever Charlene was, people took notice and enjoyed her company. Her positive and uplifting demeanor was contagious. She loved to travel and to have fun. She was a born leader who was caring, compassionate, and patient towards all and able to guide while educating.

From her earliest days in nursing school to her later years as an executive developing nursing programs around the globe, Dr. Charlene Connolly has left an indelible mark on the lives of so many. In her career, which spanned decades in healthcare and healthcare education, she was the recipient of many professional accolades and had many accomplishments.

She will be sorely missed each and every day, but her legacy will live on in the lives of her family. She is survived by her husband of 13 years Kevin Young, brother George Belev (Joanne);sons Adam and Jonathan Connolly, Kevin’s children, and many grandkids.

Charlene’s Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on Saturday January 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. in The Village Road Chapel at 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451
Phone (910) 383-3511
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Village Road Chapel 525 Village Road Leland, NC 28424 910-383-3511.

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  • January 22, 2022
    Marcia and Frank Kramarz says:
    As I read Charlene’s obituary it is clear that her warm loving demeanor was something everyone noticed. As a neighbor, she was the first to invite us over for dinner with other neighbors when we arrived here in 2014. And since then we’ve stayed close throughout the years. We used to chuckle at how living across the street from each other we’d still have to rely on emails to keep in touch. But keep in touch we did. Whenever we needed help, it was Charlene and family that came to our aid. Happily we were able to reciprocate here and there. Charlene’s smile and warm demeanor we would enjoy over the firepit a few times a year - Once in a while we’d go out either to dinner to catch up or to an event like St Patty’s day celebrations. Always she was a light in the group. Always we could see her love for Kevin and her deep pride and love she felt for Aiden, her grandson. Sometimes,Charlene, when I stumble upon an old email telling me where you guys were heading, I forget just for a moment that you’re gone. You leave a void in our hearts and you will be sorely missed. Remembering though the impact you had on so many is such a comfort. My condolences to your family.

  • January 31, 2022
    Ellen Moshona-Muirhead says:
    So very sorry for your loss. Kelly will always be in my heart as a true friend. May she Rest In Peace

  • January 23, 2022
    Elsa Barros Swan says:
    My deepest condolences go out to you Kevin and family. Charlene was an amazing woman. We first met outside our apartment in New Jersey and started up a conversation while waiting for the ferry shuttle. That was the beginning of a great friendship. We rode the ferry together most mornings and had dinner together at least two three nights a week. For that year and a half that I worked in NY, Charlene was my closest friend. She was genuine, caring, a real true friend. She gave the best advice. I survived NY because of her, I couldn’t have done it without her. She will forever be in my heart. Kevin, your queen may have left her earthly body but I know she will always be with you in spirit. I pray that God gives you and your whole family strength to get through this difficult time. Sending hugs from your Bermuda Family, Greg and Elsa

  • January 23, 2022
    Susan Trott (Bermuda) says:
    I met Charlene through my sister when they lived at 55 Riverwalk, they were good friends. My sincerest condolences to Kevin, and the rest of Charlene's family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you, may she rest in peace.

  • January 22, 2022
    Aaron & Nicole Knutson says:
    Charlene had a wonderful way of making everyone around her feel at ease. When she talked to you, it was clear that she was honestly listening, that she really cared. And of course she had a heart for kids! Every time we met, she would get down at the kids' level and show interest in their lives. We were fortunate to have known her. Our sincere condolences to you and the family, Kevin - we love you!