A funeral mass was celebrated Aug. 11 for Mary Elaine Connell, 73, of Jersey City. She passed away Aug. 6 at her residence. A life-long Jersey City resident, Mary Elaine was a graduate of Saint Patrick Grammar School, the Academy of Saint Aloysius, Seton Hall University and Seton Hall Law School. Throughout her life Mary Elaine worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, The Archdiocese of Newark, The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and Saint Patrick Church. Mary Elaine was an active member of her community and was a member and past president of the Sodality of the Children of Mary of Saint Teresa. She was a committee member of the Women’s Commission of The Archdiocese of Newark and an active communicant of Saint Patrick and Assumption All Saints Parish. Mary Elaine was predeceased by her parents, Theresa and Charles J. Connell. She is survived by the McDermott family, the Dillon family and the McGovern family who are her many cousins and extended family. She is also survived by her godchildren, Cathi Dillon DeWald and Keith J’Rel Cummings and a host of dear friends. Services arranged by the McLaughlin Funeral Home, Jersey City.