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Connie Slagle Kaiser

August 20, 1950 - January 5, 2018

Did you ever have that one elementary school teacher that inspired your creativity? Someone that dressed up like Miss Viola Swamp (a beloved children’s book character), raced kids on the playground just to get her “steps” in, or had a dress up day nearly every week of the school year. In the 1980’s this teacher might have helped you wiggle out a loose tooth, or help you create masterpiece after masterpiece of a famous artists’ work.  She would do hot cocoa mornings for her class during the winter months and have water fights in the summer…
If this sounds like one of your first teachers – it was likely our mother, Connie Kaiser.
Connie was known for her spirited attitude in the face of adversity.  Connie was determined to live out her faith with hope and positivity.  She was devoted to her family and consistently went above and beyond to truly develop relationships with her closest and most meaningful friends.  Her love of teaching spans over three decades, and many of her students both foreign and domestic were truly educated by the commitment in of our mother’s philosophy of life long learning. 
Connie Slagle was born in Fairbury, Nebraska on August 20, 1950.  She was the first of three children born to Ernie and Verna Slagle.  Connie had a younger sister and brother, Cheryl and Randy. Connie’s early childhood began in Boulder, Colorado where she grew up and attended Boulder High School.  She met her high school sweetheart and following college, married Richard (Dick) Kaiser.  Dick and Connie had two children Cassie and Ryan and settled in Salem, Oregon in 1982.  Connie taught at multiple schools in Salem, opening Yoshikai elementary school in 1994.  Connie went on to teach for the Department of Defense where she was stationed in both Okinawa and Misawa, Japan.  Connie retired in 2013 at her home in Salem, Oregon.

Connie is survived by her two children Cassie (Jason) McAllister and Ryan (Corie) Kaiser.  Connie has four loving grandchildren Jack 11 yrs, Carson 8 yrs, Caden 8 yrs, and Lucy 7 yrs. She is also survived by her brother Randy and father Ernie Slagle.  Connie was a devote Christian who loved Salem Alliance Church.  A celebration of life will be held for Connie on Thursday, Jan. 11th at 3:00pm at Salem Alliance Church. Flowers and/or donations may be sent to Salem Alliance to further their church ministry, 555 Gaines St. NE Salem, OR 97301.

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I only got to know Connie about a year ago at our Family Ties Christmas Party. We had a delightful evening sharing stories of our years of teaching. I only wish I would have gotten to know her sooner. What a beautiful, upbeat, delightful woman. It was a joy knowing her. Praying for your family....

We first knew Connie and Dick when Dick was hired by my husband to coach football at WU. Over the years we lost contact but reconnected when Connie retired and resettled in Salem. We loved her passion for life. It was special to hear her talk about Cassie and family as well as Ryan and his family. She was so proud of her children and their accomplishments. The mention of her grandkids always brought a smile to her face. With such joy she would relate activities they were involved in and it was evident they were the light of her life. We know her passing has left a big hole. Our prayers continue as you walk this journey of grief. Our HOPE .....we know we will see her again. She'll be waiting at the pearly gates with a big smile.

My condolence to the family. I was sadden by the news of such a wonderful person . Connie was my cousin and I remember going to visit her and Uncle Ernie and Aunt Verna  in Fairbury --We would go about once a month from Hebron --- I could not wait to play with her and we always had lunch at there house  --as year go by she moved to Boulder and we moved to California  --but the memories of those days were fun--but still do not make it easy when someone passed so young- so beautiful-inside and out--  My mother Margret--was Ernie sister-- Praying for the whole family --She will be missed by so many -

I taught at Yoshikai Elementary School with Connie and we became fast friends.  We shared a love of art and our first project that we worked on together was a mural that still is in the cafeteria at the school.  I remember laughing so much with Connie.  She was so much fun to be around.  I know her students  loved being in her room.  She was creative and full of energy for her students.  She was such a good friend and I knew I could call her any time to talk, ask for advice or just chat about life.  I will miss my friend, Connie very much.  She made a difference to me and I will try to honor her memory by living a full and loving life like she did.  She knew how to live.  Nancy Smith

I am in Australia and so unable to attend the service for Connie. She was a wonderful woman. My condolences to her family.

Into each life God sends a "perfect gift", Connie was a gift from above.  Her legacy will glorify her Lord and her children shall forever rise and call her "blessed".

It is with a balanced mixture of sadness (I will miss Connie here in the flesh) and gladness (I will see her again in the hereafter) that I write this tribute. I had the honor of working with Connie in Misawa, Japan and studying with Connie during our monthly ladies' Bible studies. She was indeed an exceptional Christ-follower which made her a highly exceptional educator and friend. Connie radiated joy, love, grace, and God everywhere she went. In the words of the Apostle Paul, "She fought a good fight and she finished the race, she kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
My prayers are with her beloved family. I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to know and love Connie!

Deep condolences for the family and much love for our leader Ryan kaiser. We are thinking of you and your family during this very difficult time. 

I met Connie in high school and we became close friends, sharing our stories about our football player boyfriends, going shopping, laughing a lot, working summer jobs together and talking about our beliefs and dreams. We had such fun. She could make cleaning motel rooms at the Lazy J a fun, but healthy, exercise. Always excited about where life would take her, she would make a plan to make things work out well. She was maid of honor at my wedding and brought baby Cassie to my home in Buena Vista. We didn't see each other often over the next 40 years but when we did, it was like we saw each other all the time. She was a treasured friend and I am so glad I knew her. God bless you all in this time of sadness but know that the memories of all the fun with her and love she had for each of you will help you through this and will be yours forever.

We knew Connie only briefly through our small group in Family Ties.  She was always upbeat and would not let her disease dampen her spirits.  Such a positive and loving person.  She certainly blessed us with her attitude and love for Jesus.
Gary & Joyce Pelo

You were loved by so many and will be greatly missed. You have just begun living in the deepest love ever! God bless you and love you.

Connie's heavenly home was ready.  Just as she touched many lives making a positive impact I'm sure that she's doing the same in Glory.  As new chapter in her life is unfolding I can only imagine that's she's having " the time of her life"....Go Connie 

I worked with Connie in Misawa at Sollars Elementary School and never was there a bigger smile or kinder heart with those little second graders!  God bless you Connie!  Saints greeted you with open arms!  Prayers for your family.   Marianne

We met about 35 years ago and were able to spend many Thanksgivings together and other good times, like the 4th of July at Woodmansee park with a small barbecue grill at our feet under the picnic table on the 4th of July to keep us warm. Jan and Connie did some pretty crazy dress up things that created some very memorable events.  We will always remember the fun with the family, and Connie's smile.