Thomas G. "Tom" Connaughty, 71, of Eyota died Wednesday, February 8th peacefully, in his home in the care of hospice.
Tom was born October 5, 1945 in Winona to John and Grace (Mundt) Connaughty. He grew up on the family farm north of Lanesboro graduating from Lanesboro High School in 1964. Tom and Mary Moran were married September 4, 1965 at North Prairie Lutheran Church. They lived in Chester until moving to Eyota to make their home in 1971. Tom worked 15 years for Frazier Construction as a back hoe operator. In 1979 he went on his own as a back hoe operator and established Tom Connaughty Construction. Tom was known for his witty sense of humor and his kind heart, always doing for others.
Survivors include his wife Mary, children; Michon Connaughty (Norb Novotny) of Eyota, Michelle Connaughty of Eyota, Melissa Connaughty of Rochester, Marshal (Kirsten) Connaughty of Chester, and Marnie (Jeff) Eveslage of Rochester, six grandchildren; Cameron Christian, Laynee Poole, Taven Poole, Jack Connaughty, Eve Connaughty and Brinley Eveslage, siblings; Bob (Janet) Connaughty of Chatfield, Noreen (Sheldon) Plath of Plymouth, Keith (Marilyn) Connaughty of Lanesboro, and Jackie (Delbert) Hendershot of Stewartville. He was preceded in death by a son Michael, a brother Norman Connaughty and a sister Harriett Parsons. Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Eyota with the Reverend Jon Vollrath officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles. They may also call one hour before services at the church. Please join Tom's family for a Celebration of his life on Monday from 5-8 p.m. at Eyota American Legion with a light meal and refreshments being served. Please share a memory of Tom and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com. Memorials are preferred.
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Tom was always a happy go lucky guy. He did a lot of plumbing here over the past years. He will be missed. RIP ol boy. The Luehmann's
Mary and family, so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed you and Tom stopping at my table at the Eyota Farmers Market. Tom was always kidding me about something or other, I will miss him. Karen Loeding, Eyota, Mn.
Tom did all our earth work when we built our house in 1996 and we continued to enjoy his friendship since then. Numerous times we would meet him when we had breakfast in Eyota and it was always a pleasure visiting with him. He will be missed. Mary and Quint Lohse, Cummingsville, MN.
Tom and My dad (Carl) worked together on a few projects. My husband and I got to know Tom when he finished our dirt work around our house. He is also a relative. He will be missed. He always had a great smile and a great laugh and a caring heart. I believe he is now with my dad and they are having a great time together talking about the good old days. My heart goes out to the family. Rest in peace.
Our sympathies to the family. Tom did quite a bit of work over the years for my father (Gordon Krueger) and for us. He was always so good when we needed to bury one of our horses. He came no matter what day it happened. So kind and understanding. Tom and Terry Lauth and family.
I remember Tom from school in Lanesboro. He was friendly and has a smile on his face.
To my special family, my sister Mary's, We have lost a very special husband, father, and the best brother-in-law one could ever ask for. May he fly with the angels, free from pain and busy watching over all of us. Rest in peace dear man. You will be missed more than you could imagine.
My nickname for Tom was COMEDY, because he always made me laugh.
Loved his humor!!!! He was the kindest person. He will be missed by all.
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