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
    Warren Ross says:
    Charlene was absolutely an amazing person. Without her counsel, advise, intelligence, and dedication it would have been impossible to establish the International University of Nursing. Her good natured and warm personality made her a natural and respected leader in the nursing and academic community. You have helped so many students accomplish their dreams. An incredible testimony to how special you are. You have accomplished much in your life time and you will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to your friends and family.

  • January 22, 2022
    Beverly Bonaparte says:
    To Kevin and your and Charlene’s blended families. I first met Charlene when I was invited to St. Kitts to be Dean of the Nursing School at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Charlene was the academic vice-president and welcomed me with open arms. Her warm smile put me and everyone else at ease immediately. Our nursing and academic work in St. Kitts was transformative and after I left the position, we kept in touch so much so, that she invited me to her wedding to Kevin at the Castle. I had heard her talk warmly of their romance and how she was looking forward to their life together. At their wedding, what remains a lasting impression is, not only that it was a beautiful ceremony of two people taking their vows, but it was also the blending of two families that was clearly evident by the warm participation of Kevin’s and Charlene’s children. Over the years, we connected from time to time to catch up about how life was going personally and professionally and picked up from our last conversation as if it only happened the day before. We got a chance to work together again when she invited me to assist with a project at the ACoss Consulting Group. She was a colleague and friend and we cheered each on in so many aspects of our lives. I will miss her. Her departure was unexpected and leaves a hole in the lives of all who knew her. I send my warmest condolences to the Kevin and your wonderful blended family. Beverly Bonaparte

  • January 22, 2022
    Sean knutson says:
    Kevin and family, our deepest condolences on your loss. Charlene was such a special person. When we met her she had such warmth and kindness. We will keep you in our thougjts and prayers.

  • January 22, 2022
    Wayne says:
    My condolences to Kevin and the family. Dr. C as I called her, will be missed. I worked with Charlene at IUON. She was one of the most intelligent and professional people that I have had the privilege to know. Most of all she was thoughtful and kind. Heaven has another angel. RIP

  • January 07, 2022
    Mark Killgore says:
    Our condolences to the Connolly and Young Families. Although I never met her - I heard nothing but great things about her from Kevin.