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Constance Weldert

Constance L “Connie” Weldert

October 25th, 1935 - October 19th, 2023

Connie's Obituary

Constance L. Weldert (Connie) died peacefully on October 19 surrounded by family at Lakeland Hospital. She was 87, just six days before her 88th birthday. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Helen and Floyd Loptien and loving husband, Clint B. Weldert. Connie is survived by her children, Stephen Weldert and Mary Daum, grandchildren: Daniel Daum Jr., Carson T. Daum, and Ethan G. Weldert, and great grandson, Ronin Daum.

She was born Constance Jeanne Loptien on October 25, 1935, in Sycamore, Illinois and graduated from Sycamore Community High School. She was an avid equestrian in her youth and showed horses. She met her husband while dancing at the Blue Moon Supper Club, a popular hangout in northern Illinois. They married on October 8, 1955. Connie was primarily a stay-at-home mom, but also worked part-time in accounting and later in real estate. She followed her husband's career to St. Charles, Illinois; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Oswego, Illinois until his retirement. They purchased a small farm in Eau Claire in 1985. After her husband’s death in 2006, she continued to live independently in her home with minimal help from her children and family friends.

She was a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved to cook, can, freeze and bake and left behind an extensive collection of cookbooks from the 1930s to today. Connie was always looking for a new recipe to try or a cooking technique to learn or perfect. She relished cooking for family gatherings up until the end and had already started planning Thanksgiving when she went into the hospital for the final time. A true nurturer, she was active in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandson until the end. She also loved animals and always had at least one dog and several cats. She was frugal throughout her life and always had extra to provide for a family member or friend in need. She loved garage sales and thrift stores and shopped for bargains. Her freezers, refrigerator, and pantry were always stocked and if a family member’s coffee pot went out, she happened to have a couple “extras” squirreled away in the house: just in case.

Connie was fiercely independent and possessed an iron will; she overcame many obstacles during her life. She battled stomach cancer and kidney failure in the last years of her life. She lived independently until the end despite failing health and never gave up.

A Celebration of Life will be November 4 between 2 and 4 p.m. at Heritage Chapel at 8747 Old 31, Berrien Springs, MI. In lieu of flowers, mourners are encouraged to donate to the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan or their local no-kill shelter.

Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.heritage-chapel.com. Arrangements are being entrusted to Heritage Chapel & Cremation Services, 8747 US 31, Berrien Springs, MI. 269-471-2700.

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