Visitation5-7PM - Friday August 19 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson
Funeral Services11AM - 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.