Lynette Connelly, who spent 24 years as an executive with Monet Jewelers, died June 30 at the age of 77. The cause of death was cancer.

Connelly, an Illinois native, began her career as a cashier for Foley’s department store in Houston in the early Seventies, eventually becoming a buyer. In 1975, Connelly made her way to New York to work for Monet, first as a director of product development in the firm’s gold division, and later becoming the company’s vice president of sourcing — the position she held at the time of her retirement in 1999.

Connelly is survived by her mother, Nettie Werner; four children, Greg, Monica, Kurt and Cheryl; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Weber & Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville, Ill.

Donations can be made toward Connelly’s endowment at The Central Park Conservancy or in her name to any cancer organization.

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