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Connie Heussner

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Connie Kay Heussner, age 79 of Fredericksburg, IA, died Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at home. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton with Pastor Kevin Frey presiding. For those unable to attend in person, please join the family on Live Stream. Please register to view the Live Stream at https://foveo.stream/hugeback-johnson/connie-heussner Live Webcast Friends may greet the family from 4 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at Hugeback Johnson Home & Crematory Chapel in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the celebration of life service. If so desired memorials may be given to Spay and Neuter All Pets of Chickasaw County. SNAP - P.O. Box 150, New Hampton, Iowa 50659 Connie was born on May 8, 1942, to Erwin and Elsie (Ungerer) Winter at home on their farm southeast of Fredericksburg. She had a happy childhood as a farm kid along with her younger brother, Dennis, and older sister, Lorraine. While living on the farm included lots of hard work, Connie and her sister spent hours decorating their playhouse made from an old chicken house and roller skating in the top of the sheep barn. When the hay came in each year, Connie, her siblings, and their friends had fun making tunnels in the barn with the bales. They got in big trouble when later that winter their daddy fell through one of the weak spots left by their playful engineering project. Connie attended Social Center School, a one room rural schoolhouse, and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1960. At FHS, she was a star girl’s basketball player, named to the 3rd team All State as a guard. Music filled Connie’s life, singing in school groups and with her sister, and playing flute in the school band. Her musical talent contributed to her winning the titles of Dairy Day Princess in 1958, as well as the title of Miss New Hampton which qualified her to compete in the Miss Iowa Pageant, a preliminary for Miss America. Without a doubt, Connie considered her greatest accomplishment finally agreeing to go on a date with the man who would become the love of her life, Dennis (Denny) Mitchell Heussner. Following her graduation from nurses training at St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids and Denny’s first year of his enlistment in the US Army, Connie and Denny married on May 6, 1962, at Peace Church in Fredericksburg. Connie passed away just 25 days short of their 60th wedding anniversary. Connie and Denny had two daughters, Lisa and Gina. Connie and Denny spent several years in Fayetteville, NC at Fort Bragg, where Connie worked at Womack Army Medical Center and later at Cape Fear Hospital. Following his discharge in 1963, the couple moved back to Iowa, settling in Waterloo. They would later move their young family to Pekin, IL where they would live for over 40 years. When Denny retired the couple returned to Iowa to purchase the homestead where Connie was born to build their dream home: a 3,800 square foot log home on 4 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. A true labor of love, Connie and Denny oversaw every element of the construction, completing a 3-stall garage with living quarters above in 2005. They lived in the garage “apartment’ while the construction on main home was completed. Connie stained and sealed every board and log, using over 120 gallons of product. Many years of love and laughter were spent on the farm including what became a family tradition…an annual Fourth of July party. After Connie’s diagnosis in January of 2021 of a grade 4 glioblastoma, the couple made the difficult decision to sell their home and to move into town in Fredericksburg. In addition to her career as an LPN, Connie earned her real estate license and was much sought after as a seamstress, specializing in hand-beaded wedding gowns. Indeed, she made both her daughter’s wedding dresses, prom dresses, and other treasured specialty items like quilts. She had many friends from her youth who continued to be an important part of her life until the moment of her death. Connie continually added friends to her circle. In her later years she was an avid card player. Connie would never spend a nickel, not because she was frugal, but because nickels were key to her favorite card game, Sixty-Five. Her family, especially her five grandkids, remember fondly games of Sixty-Five with their Nana. Connie was the rock of her family. However, the rock was more than symbolic. Near Connie’s childhood home, there is a large rock located in the ditch along the gravel road. This rock was a treasured landmark when Connie’s daughters were little. The girls knew the trip to grandma and grandpa’s farm was almost over when they passed the rock. Connie played on that rock as a little girl herself, trying to climb up the east side, but it was always too high. Later Lisa and Gina would tell their children the stories and “Mom’s Rock” and it quickly became “Nana’s Rock”. In July of 2021 as Connie’s friends and family gathered to stay goodbye to the farm, and the rock that marked the way played a part…everyone left their print on “Nana’s Rock.” A title was painted by Connie’s granddaughter Elizabeth, and friends and family added their sentiments on the rock, and others sent rocks from as far away as Greece, Spain and over 20 states in the US. “The family wishes to thank all the friends, family, and healthcare professionals who gave Connie love and care during her journey, especially the staff of St. Croix Hospice, specifically Sarah, Amanda, April, and Nikki.” She is survived by her husband, Dennis, and her two daughters, Lisa (Steven) Young of Dallas, Texas, Gina (Thomas) Miller of Bentonville, Arkansas; her sister, Lorraine Weilder of New Hampton; five grandchildren, Austin (Veronica) Young of Dallas Texas, Emilia (Richard) Rieske of Mobile, Alabama, Riley Miller of Bentonville Arkansas, Hayden (Andra) Young of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Elizabeth (Andrew) Groom of Orem, Utah. She has two great-grandchildren, Olivia Miller and Eliza Kay Rieske. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Elsie (Ungerer) and Erwin Winter, and her brother, Dennis.

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  1. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. She was a blessing to all who got the privilege to know her. A lot of special people were waiting for her and the reunion they are having right now is epic. Love you all! Dena ad Zac and Dean!

  2. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Connie was a very special person, that not only cared for her family but all those she ever met. She has been welcomed home with great blessing.

  3. My thoughts, prayers and hugs to all of Connie’s family. She was such a sweet lady and will be missed by so many. Cherish all the memories, those are the things that get you through the tough times!

  4. I first met you when I was at Clarence and Velma’s house. You are an awesome woman. Your memory will live on in my heart. Hugs and prayers to the family. May God wrap his arms around you and give them peace.

  5. Dear Denny, Lisa and Gina, How I loved her so, she surrounded everyone with her radiant energy. I will always cherish her. Much love, Angie &Gleb

  6. Lorraine and Connie were our babysitters when we neighbors sooo many years ago. So many fond memories of those days and that neighborhood! God’s peace be with her family. Nancy Gitch Petersen

  7. Connie was almost like a 2nd mother. Connie made the best goulash, she made me Beef Stoganof for my graduation dinner. Connie was always positive, the first to want to help anyway and her favorite saying “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it”. She was one of the strongest people of ever known. Always a special place in my ❤.

  8. Thank you so much, Meri. I remember the time you lived with us. It was like having a big sister!! Mom loved having you in our lives.

  9. Angie! Thank you so much. Your mom was so special in my mom’s life. We appreciate you posting this!! And thank you for the flowers. So thoughtful. Mom loved flowers!!

  10. Joe, thank you so much for your thoughts. She was a special lady and taught Gina and I how to be good mothers. I only hope we can live up to her lessons.

  11. Dena and Dean. Thank you for your support through mom’s illness. We know you both understand our grief better than most. Thank you for the visit and thoughtful supplies.

  12. What a beautiful woman. Her hugs gave away the best energy. Her smile was always so authentic. We are so lucky that we were able that Emmy came into our lives so we could share a little of Connie with the Miller family. I loved attending big family gatherings because I knew that Nana would be ready for the party! I can’t wait to she her spirit shine through in Eliza Kay. What a legacy that such a wonderful woman is leaving behind!

  13. I love this, Brittainy! Yes, mom was always ready to do the little things that made any gathering epic. She loved being able to create “an experience” when people entered her home that ensured they knew they were welcomed and loved!! Eliza Kay is indeed a special legacy!

  14. Amazing Grace is the first words that come to my mind when I think of “Aunt Connie”💗 I am so blessed to have known this amazing, beautiful, thoughtful, and humorous lady, through her sister in law, Sheri and nieces, Tina and Tessa, who I love so dearly. I was so blessed to have shared such treasured and funny times with them. A day spent with Connie and Denny was guaranteed to be a day filled with enjoyment, laughs, yummy food, and such warm love💗. I am a better person for the blessing of knowing this beautiful lady that had such amazing grace. My sincere sympathy to Denny, Lisa, Gina and their families, and to my dear loved ones, the Borcherding Family💗
    Denise Schmitt🤍

  15. Connie and my Mom used to be best friends. They would sit in Connie’s kitchen and sip wine and laugh. I remember the true friendship and love they shared. Connie was my sons “favoriteNurse”. I’m sure that my Mom was waiting for her with a glass of the finest wine and a huge hug. While we will all miss her my Mom is rejoicing.

  16. Dear Gina and the entire family, we send our love and sympathy to all of you. You are in our thoughts and prayers – Coby, Sheerah and Shelby Davis

  17. My deepest condolences to Denny and their daughters, also Lorraine and the entire family. I was younger than the Winters girls but admired both from afar. I wanted to be Connie, she was popular, had a beautiful smile, pretty, and carried herself with poise and dignity. I can say as a young girl, I tried to even walk like her. Dairy Day princess of course, nothing less and then she married a most handsome man. They were a striking and kind couple. Such fond memories for me when I was a youngster. Sometimes we never know how much one person can influence another younger person. Rest In Peace beautiful Connie!

  18. In mom’s final days, my little Bulldog, Bunny, was constantly by her side. Animals know and, maybe in those hours we see what we want to see, but I always felt mom “settled” when Bunny or one of her kitties came to check on her. Mom and dad have always held a special place in their hearts for animals. From their dear Maggie who started their love of Scottie Dogs, to every stray cat that ever wandered to their door, they couldn’t say no. Even the raccoons and crows on the farm had a special pile of leftovers. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you remember Mom’s love of animals by supporting Chickasaw county SNAP.

  19. Denny and family, l am so sorry for your loss. I know God will give you strength and comfort at this time. Daryl Davis

  20. My condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you during this time of loss. Take care and God Bless. 💗

  21. Lisa, our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this time. We are so sorry for your loss. All of our love and prayers.

  22. My sincere sympathy to Dennis and family to one of my favorite class of 1960 classmates. She was a joy in life!!! Tom McBride, Camarillo, CA

  23. Denny, Gina and Lisa, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for sharing your sweet wife and mother with us.

  24. Sending you our love, prayers and healing thoughts to each of you during this time. We love you and have big hugs waiting.

  25. Gina and family, our deepest sympathies for your loss, and kind thoughts for you all to have peace and fond memories of Connie. Love, Roman, Sienna, Heidi and Bobby Zafarnia

  26. To my dear friend Connie! We met at St Luke’s in 1960 and have been close friends and in close touch since then! I loved her and her family like my own and shared many memories along the way! I will miss her and always remember her dear friendship and kind words of wisdom! She will be close to my heart forever!

  27. I’m sorry to hear of Aunt Connie’s passing. I know my Dad greeted her in Heaven, probably with a terrible joke. I had not seen Aunt Connie since I was 9 years old, but through social media I was able to once again be a part of her life. She will be missed and the world shines dimmer without her light, smile, and laughter.

  28. Thank you, Bobby! I know your own tragic loss brings a compassion and understanding at a different level. I could not have cared for mom in her battle with cancer without the amazing Dentsu team’s support and your assistance as well! Thank you!

  29. To my dear friend Gina I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. It saddens me that we’ve lost touch through the years. I remember your mom’s voice, laughter and especially her smile. I remember seeing her sewing when I would be at your house during our middle and high school years. I was lucky enough to even wear one of those dresses to prom! Gina, please know that I’m thinking of you and your family and sending love. Your mom was indeed a special lady. Michele Baird (Graham)

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