William J. Shaughnessy, 73

William J. Shaughnessy, 73, of rural New Prague, died Saturday, August 5, 2006, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas, with Rev. Richard Roedel officiating. Burial will be at the St. Thomas Church Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Montgomery Area Veterans Honor Guard.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 11 from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Schoenbauer Funeral Home in Montgomery, and also beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Bill was born May 27, 1933 in Tyrone Township, Le Sueur County, a son of Richard and Nora (Sullivan) Shaughnessy. He attended St. Thomas Country School, graduated from Le Sueur High School and then went to business school in Minneapolis. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He married Donna Donnelly on August 20, 1955 at St. Catherine Parish in Spring Lake Township. He owned and operated Shaughnessy Agency in Montgomery, where he was an accountant for 47 years. Bill was a member of Montgomery American Legion Post #79 and the Montgomery Ambulance Service. He enjoyed playing cards, deer hunting, football, jokes and socializing with people.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Colleen (Kurt) Vlasak, Montgomery, Gayle (Tim) Miller, Pleasanton, CA, Jean (Mark) Worke, Waseca, Maureen (Bob) Holmes, Forest Lake, Patty (Erik) Anderson, Montgomery and Shannon (Tim) Stepka, Northfield; sons, Brian (JoAnn) Shaughnessy, Lonsdale, Tim (Dawn) Shaughnessy, Montgomery and Tom (Dawn) Shaughnessy of Colorado Springs, CO; a brother, Richard Shaughnessy, Union Hill; two sisters, Alice Shaughnessy, Prior Lake and Mary (Clarence) Jirak, New Prague; mother-in-law, Emma Donnelly, Shakopee; sisters-in-law, Patricia Ploumen, Shakopee, Jan Shaughnessy, Le Sueur, Dorothy Shaughnessy, Le Sueur and Marietta Shaughnessy, Montgomery; brother-in-law, Roland (Delores) Donnelly, New Brighton; and 25 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Daniel, Melvin, Dennis, John and Emmett; a sister, Theresa Huss; sisters-in-law, Roseann Shaughnessy and Rosie Shaughnessy.

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