Linda M. Connelly, 78 passed away on April 2, 2017 in Mesa, AZ. She was born on August 3, 1938 in Joliet, IL. As a child she attended Rockdale Grade School, Joliet Township High School and was a graduate of Joliet Junior College. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired federal employee. She volunteered at the City of Mesa Chamber of Commerce for several years and was an active member of NARFE. She enjoyed traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Hammer (Joe) of Queen Creek, AZ: son John “JR” Connelly (Becky) of Show Low, AZ; grandson Dalton Connelly of Scottsdale, AZ; brother David Farmer (Jane) of Export, PA and niece Lisa Rogue (Rick) of Longmeadow, MA. She was preceded in death by her parents Curtis and Evelyn Farmer, husband John and grandson Gunnar Hammer. Private services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were entrusted to Bunker’s University Chapel, 480-830-4105.