•     Connie Jean Grewe, age 70, of Rockport, Texas peacefully passed away on February 7, 2018.  Connie was born on July 10, 1947 to Martin and Mildred (Dean) Kemnitz in Granite Falls, Minnesota.  Her first years were spent growing up in a log cabin, with her sister, in Renville County.  At the age of three, the family moved to a farm place a mile and a half north of Danube, Minnesota.  She graduated from Danube High School in 1965 as Salutatorian.  She was involved as a member of Future Homemakers of America, as editor of the school newspaper, as editor of the school yearbook, as Class Treasurer, and as a four-year member of the National Honor Society.  She was also a confirmed member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

                Connie attended college at St. Cloud State College and graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary education.  She was most proud of completing college with honors in three years instead of four.  Her major was English and her minor was speech and theatre. She was involved as editor of the college yearbook, as a member of Gamma Delta Lutheran Organization, and as a Sunday school teacher.  

                Connie began her teaching career at White Bear Lake Jr. High immediately following her graduation from college in 1968. She married this same year and had two daughters from this union.  Later, she moved to Willmar, Minnesota and spent the remaining 28 years teaching grades seven to eleven at the Jr. and Sr. High schools.  She was chair of the communications department for many years.  She also enjoyed directing many Jr. High School theatre productions.  She was listed in the book “Who’s Who of America’s Teachers” too.  She was President of the Barn Theatre and directed a number of successful theatre productions.  She was also a member of Calvary Lutheran Church.  

                Connie married the love of her life, soul mate, and best friend, Charles Grewe, on April 12, 1984.  They resided in their home just a few miles outside of Willmar for many years.  They spent 12 years of their retirement full-time RV’ing across the United States.  In October 2008, they moved to Rockport, Texas with their daughters, son-in-law’s, and grandchildren.  Chuck passed in 2012 and Connie, with her many health ailments, continued to live in their fifth-wheel with all the memories that brought her great comfort.  Connie was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rockport.

                A private family memorial ceremony will be held to honor her life in the near future.  

                Connie is survived by her two daughters, Susan (Michael) Schneider and Kathy (Timothy) Vian of Rockport, her two grandchildren, Jake and Gabriella, her sister Veva Mittelstadt of Danube, Minnesota, her nephews Mark Mittelstadt of Minot, North Dakota and Brian (Sarah) Mittelstadt of Fairmont, Minnesota, her niece Amy Mittelstadt of Lancaster, California, her two furry companions, Gracie and Beau and her many life-long friends.

                In lieu of memorials, please make a donation to your local Humane Society or animal shelter in memory of her love for animals.  

     

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    Our deepest sympathy to Connie's family. As a fellow teaching colleague and close friend, Connie was a caring and gracious individual. A great teacher who cared about her students and went the extra mile in helping everyone she came to know. As a very close friend to our family, Connie will always be remembered as one who was there for support and planning happy events. Her smile and laugh will always be remembered. God be with you friend. We shall miss you dearly.

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    We are so sad to hear about Connie's passing, but we are so glad to have known such a beautiful person. She loved life and touched many people. Our hearts go out to Susan and Kathy and their families. May God wrap His loving arms around them and bring them peace and comfort as they mourn their loss.Our sympathy,Coleen and Tom Swanson

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    Dear Susan, Kathy and families, I was so sorry to hear of your mom's death. I worked with Connie for many years at the junior high in Willmar and remember her fondly. She had such a bright personality and love of life. We enjoyed many a lunch together in the staff lounge. Connie always had a story to tell that had all of us laughing. She was such a good teacher and so easy to work with. I loved helping her classes in the library and computer labs. I also loved receiving her annual Christmas Poem. Even though she suffered much pain every day, she never let it rule her life. She was a person I admired. You are so fortunate to have had her as your mother.You have my most sincere sympathy and I pray you will find comfort in your grief knowing you took good care of your dear mother these last difficult years.

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    I want to express my sincere sympathy to the family and share some comfort from God's word. John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:3, 4 offer us the hope of a future resurrection and the complete elimination of death, mourning, and pain. Until that time comes, our loving heavenly Father assures us at Psalm 34:18 that he is "close to the brokenhearted" and verse 15 says that "he listens to our cry for help." So rest assured that he understands your pain and grief and is eager to help you by giving you the strength you need to cope with your loss. (Philippians 4:13)

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    Dear Susan, Kathy & family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. I have great memories of your mom while I was growing up. She was a wonderful, kind, caring and loving individual. I remember all the times she drove out to Sibley to visit us whether it be birthday parties, graduations or just friendly visits. I also remember coming to see you all in willmar. My parents loved her very much as I did too. I will miss her deeply and I very much miss you Susan and Kathy. My heart goes out to you both and your families. Love always, Tony

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    Susan, your Mom looks so happy in this picture with her dogs loving her. She endured so much. God be with you and your family. Carolyn Cauley

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