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Connie A. Staes

July 27, 1945 May 31, 2009
Connie A. Staes
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PEORIA-Connie A. Staes, 63, of Peoria, passed away at 7:29 a.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2009 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 27, 1945 in Chicago to Stephen and Dorothy Ashby Conklin. She married Gary J. “Butch” Staes on November 28, 1970 in Canton. He passed away on December 4, 2004 in Kickapoo. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, John Conklin and Tim Conklin and one niece, Allison Conklin. Surviving are one daughter, Paige (Brian) Whitney of Brimfield; four grandchildren, Emma, Becca, Jack and Owen; one brother, Steve (Becky) Conklin of Farmington; seven sisters, Chris (Chuck) Grice of Canton, Cassie Conklin (Dave Reising) of Peoria, Carrie Harp of Canton, Colleen (Mike) Ball of Canton, Cissie (Larry) Lindsey of Canton, Canise (Caroll) McComb of Fairview, IL and Angie (George) Oatman of Farmington. She proudly attended and graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Nauvoo in 1963 and remained active in the school and school board for many years. Through the years, Connie held several positions. She worked at United Cerebral Palsy for more than 10 years as an Administrative Assistant and eventually as Executive Director, facilitating numerous telethons. She was an Admission Coordinator at Rosewood Care Center and worked for Lutheran Hillside Village as an Admissions Coordinator and Administrative Assistant. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo, St. Mary’s Parish groups, numerous card clubs, Kickapoo Red Hat Society, and the Ostomy Association. Connie loved spending time with her family. Whether it was playing progressive rummy or just sitting around laughing and talking. She enjoyed traveling with her sisters on getaways and was planning a June trip to Florida. Connie had so many friends that she met in life through work, school, church and family. She was always active and truly enjoyed being around her friends. She will be remembered as a generous and spirited friend with a hearty laugh. Connie’s greatest pride was in being a mother and a nana. She was dedicated to spending time with them and last enjoyed a Mother’s Day breakfast and picnic with them. She loved talking with her grandkids and frequently shared their stories with friends and family. Connie was an active mother and nana attending many school and sporting events. She loved to spoil her grandchildren and lived for sleepovers and trips to Dollar General. Connie was known as a sister, mother, nana, friend and over all supporter. She touched the lives of so many people and should be remembered for her strong faith, lively personality and her love to have a good time. The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff and nurses on the CVICU at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009 at St. Mary’s Church in Kickapoo with Rev. Terry Cassidy and Pastor Paul Park officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Parish Hall in Kickapoo with recitation of the rosary at 3:15 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:15-10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Parish Hall. Cremation rites will be accorded. Wright & Salmon Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Connie A. Staes Grandchildren Education Fund c/o CEFCU. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com

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