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.