Constance (Connie) Grace Franzmann

May 6, 1909 ~ November 29, 2008

Peacefully in her 100th year, our sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, passed away in the Victoria Hospital on November 29, 2008.

Connie will be fondly remembered by her Franzmann family: sisters Phyllis Endemann, and Audrey Simonson, brother Herb (Calista) Franzmann, and sisters in law Esther and Grace Franzmann, 27 nieces and nephews, 60 great nieces and nephews, and 29 great great nieces and nephews.

Connie will also be fondly remembered by her Armstrong family: Jim and Eleanor (Snooky) Armstrong, Dick and Dawna Armstrong, their 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Connie was predeceased by her parents Harry and Edith Franzmann, her siblings and their spouses: Gordon Franzmann, Madeline (Dick) Underwood, Kenneth (Lois) Franzmann, Carl Endemann, Myra Franzmann, Lawrence Simonson, Laurence Franzmann and by her friend Jean (Armstrong) Ellis.

Connie Franzmann was born and raised in Fannystelle, Manitoba. She attended Maplestead School, St. Charles, Elm Creek, St. Joseph’s Academy, and Normal School. Her teaching career began at Maplestead School, then continued at the rural schools of Webster, Graham, Elm Creek, and Wingham. In 1951 Connie moved to Winnipeg, where she would board with the Armstrong family and establish a lifelong friendship with Jean. She taught at Norberry and Varennes Schools until her retirement in 1971. After caring for her aging parents until their passing in 1976, Connie moved back to Winnipeg. Her final residence would be Lindenwood Manor.

Connie Franzmann’s life story has been told in her autobiography A Scribbler’s Story / An Octogenarian Remembers (1996). It is a true reflection of her devotion to family, her teaching career, and all those things she valued. "Family and friends have always been, and still are, the most important part of my life. I turn to my books for information, inspiration, entertainment , or for pure pleasure."

Connie’s families and friends would echo that she was a very important part of their lives. We all shared in her generosity, sense of humor, never forgotten birthday wishes, and tea parties from china cups. We admired her efficiency, her unfailing interest in others and independent spirit. These endearing qualities are her legacy.

Connie’s final days were by "natural process – like a leaf falling from a tree". Thank you to Lindenwood Manor staff and friends, Home Care Services, and Victoria Hospital 5 South staff for their care and concern.

Cremation has take place and the funeral service for Connie Franzmann will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Doyle’s Funeral Chapel in Carman, MB, with Rev. Harold Kenyon officiating.

A memorial service will also be held at Lindenwood Manor, 475 Lindenwood Dr. on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Doyle’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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