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In Memory of Constance Klecker


5-7PM - Friday August 19 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

11AM - Saturday August 20 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson

Constance Jean Klecker, 73, passed over in her home July 29, 2016. She enjoyed her final months in comfort enjoying meaningful visits with those she loved.

Connie was born in Algona Iowa on October 12, 1942. She graduated from Briar Cliff College in 1964 earning a B.S. of Medical Technology (ASCP). She married Gerald E. Klecker and lived nearly all their 51 year marriage in North Hudson and Hudson where they raised three daughters.

A contributor to community organizations for over 25 years she gave volunteer hours to Hudson Hospital, Phipps Center for the Arts, mentoring at the local jail, Octagon house, Operation Help, Why Knot (orphan blanket ministry) and more. Connie held offices in Hudson Women’s Club, Hudson Garden Club and became a master gardener in 2011. She won photo awards with West WI photo club and completed a citizen police academy class in 2011. She enjoyed biking with Monday Morning Bikers every summer.

Connie was a freelance writer and published in various magazines. She wrote feature articles in the Hudson Star Observer and the Grapevine. Some Hudson residents may recall her articles titled “Little Things” published in the Central St. Croix News in the late 1970s to early 1980’s.

Connie was a world traveler and dedicated to many charities abroad. Over the years she took short term mission trips to Belize, Mexico, South Africa and Israel.

Her father was a ham radio operator in WWII, following his tradition, she spent time and held offices in the St. Croix Valley Radio Amateurs and obtained her FCC Amateur license in 2004. With her hand held device on a sunny afternoon with her grandson she made contact with the astronauts aboard a NASA Spacecraft! When they offered to answer any questions she had, she asked what they’d had for lunch! “Nothing as good as what you had” was the reply.

Connie had a great sense of humor and enjoyed time with her friends. She loved her Iowan roots, mashed potatoes and gravy, cherry pie and the Green Bay Packers. She always rooted for the underdog. She will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. Those surviving her include her husband, three daughters, three grandchildren, two brothers their families, nieces and nephews.

Her life verse is James 1:4: ”So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

Special thanks to Adoray Home, Health and Hospice for superior support and assistance; Micklesen’s Pharmacy for their personal and caring customer service; and thanks to Dunn Bros Coffee, Connie’s favorite brew.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 20th at 11AM at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will be held on Friday August 19th from 5-7 PM also at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Saturday. Burial will be in Willow River Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Feed My Starving Children at 401 93rd Avenue NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433 or on-line at www.fmsc.org/donate.

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    • I met Connie years ago through church. I didn’t know her well but always felt she was a kind, mature sister in Christ. She always had a smile on her face and a sweet countenance about her. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Klecker family.

    • Brave, much loved, our Connie. She was such a trooper. I’ll remember all the essentials of who she was, and the quirky things and her smile!!!
      Thank you Connie for touching our lives!!! We promise to carry on with God’s help!!! Thanks for listening!!! You will be greatly missed!!!
      Love, Beppie

    • Lina and Bob says:
      August 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm
      Connie is a unique and amazing personality! I don’t remember how we met but we’ve known her and Gerry for over 30 years! Some of the things we did together was fellowship over dinners, learning about our Hebraic roots, praying for our families and country and going out to lunch and coffee on the spur of the moment. Connie was always bubbly with an infectious laugh! She brought us to tears laughing many times! What a sense of humor! What a sharp wit! She kept herself well informed about the world around her and had answers for many of our current questions on a variety of subjects! We are looking for the day when we will step beyond the veil and pick up where we left off! Gerry and family you are in our hearts and prayers! We love you and God bless you all!

    • What a beautiful lady. She always cared about everyone else first. Something that was so natural for her. She raised a beautiful family.
      My thoughts to you Gerry , Joanne, Linda and Tree! She is smiling on all of you and is at peace.

    • My sincere condolences to all the family. Connie was my only cousin around during high school and we shared many experiences on Saturday nights while our parents played 500. Although we only had periodic contact over the last 50 years we did email now and then. She will always have a special place in my memory.

    • My Mom was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to express how very thankful she was for all her friends and loved ones. THANK YOU! From my Mom and me. ??❤️✌️

    • Connie will always be near to my heart. She has known me since I was two years old when I became Joanie’s playmate and now dearest friend. Connie was also my dear friend who gave me such support and encouragement over the years. I will miss her greatly. My prayers are with the Klecker family. I love you all so very much.

    • My dear friend of 49 years will be greatly missed! She was a treasure of the Lord. I’ll still be praying for the Klecker family for rest in the Lord.

    • Many years of wonderful memories of Connie. Prayers to the Klecker family during this difficult time
      Greg and Cherie