Virginia Connolly Residence


The Virginia Connolly Residence is a Congregate Housing Community for limited income persons age 62 and over. We are located in a quiet residential neighborhood on thirteen beautifully wooded acres. Congregate services include one main meal each day served in a central dining room, weekly light housekeeping, laundry facilities, full-time maintenance and 24-hour security.

Our Assisted Living Program is available for residents requiring extra services including nursing, laundry, shopping, home health aides and social work for those residents who qualify. These services provided are designed to help residents age in place. Other amenities include a lounge/solarium, laundry facility, wellness clinic, library, and social activities.

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Virginia Connolly History

Mrs. Connolly, a Republican, served from 1970 to 1981 in the House, where she was a member of the Public Health and Safety Committee for 10 years and its chairman for 2 years. Before entering politics, she was a registered nurse.

As the senior woman in the House, she was active in obtaining leadership positions for women in the General Assembly. When she was elected a State Representative, there were 19 women in the legislature. By the end of the decade, the number had risen to 37.

She received the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award in 1975 and the Connecticut Hospital Association award in 1980.

She is survived by a son, James Connolly of Farmington, Conn.; a daughter, Pamela Bartlett of West Simsbury; a brother, Sedrick Straughan of Manchester, Conn.; three sisters, Dorothy Keith of Manchester and Hazeltine Bjorkman and Ruth Lathrop, both of Bolton, Conn., and three grandchildren.