Melody Ann Connell, passed away on February 18, 2020 in Alton. She was born on November 18, 1954 in Chicago to Robert & Juanita (Grenneau) Burkhardt. She married Vernon Connell in South Carolina. Melody was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to cook, garden, entertain, barbeques, and holidays. She is survived by her sons: Christopher (Jera) Connell of Godfrey, Sean (Jessica) Connell of Hardin, and William Connell of Hardin; her grandchildren: Caitlyn Connell, Justin Connell, Christopher Connell, Olivia Connell, Alyssa Connell, and Jonah Connell; siblings: Carol Burkhardt, Steven Burkhardt, and Robert Burkhardt. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Vernon Patrick Connell, brother: Conrad Burkhardt, and mother-in-law: Bessie Marie Kolman. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Home. Rodrick Connell will be officiating the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
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