OBITUARY

Connie Kennedy

October 16, 1947January 30, 2019

Kennedy, Constance “Connie” S., age 71 of Clinton Township, Michigan, passed away on January 30, 2019. She is the beloved wife of James; Loving mother of Katherine Constance and James Frederic; Cherished grandmother of Danny Kennedy and Charles Cheshure; Dear great-grandmother of Brendan and Hayden Elizabeth.

Connie was a kind, honest and generous soul. She loved her husband, children, grandkids and great grandchildren. She was known to be a political and historical junkie. She enjoyed boating with her Dad on Lake St. Clair and passed that joy and enthusiasm on to others. She could waterski into her Fifty’s and learned to snow ski at forty. She was a substitute teacher, and sold life insurance like her Dad. For the last 20 years she designed and sold commercial playgrounds. Her motto was ‘making it right for the kids’ and this could be seen whenever she saw children playing on one of her designs.

Her love for cooking for the family and teaching others to cook was a passion. Her love of gardening and flowers was instilled in her by her Nana. It was life-long and with help she created a Certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation with a fairytale bridge in her backyard. It is a one of a kind just like her.

A visitation will be held Friday, February 1, 2019 from 4-8 PM at Resurrection Funeral Home, 40800 Hayes Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038. Services will continue at Resurrection Funeral Home on Saturday, February 2, 2019, with a brief visitation at 9:30 AM until the time of funeral service at 10 AM. Following the service the family invites everyone to join them for a brunch in Connie’s honor at The Mirage Elegant Banquet Center, 16980 18 Mile Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.resurrectionfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • James Kennedy, Husband
  • Katherine Constance Kennedy, Daughter
  • James Frederic Kennedy, Son
  • Cherished grandmother of Danny Kennedy and Charles Cheshure; Dear great-grandmother of Brendan and Hayden Elizabeth.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, February 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 2, 2019
REMEMBERING

Connie Kennedy

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Christine Franzen

February 1, 2019

Losing Connie is a terrible shock. I hadn't had any contact with Connie since 1965, when she graduated from Lee M Thurston High School a year before me. When we made contact again via FB it was a great joy. Connie and I were part of The Thespian Club at Thurston and did a lot of plays and scenes together for 2-3 years. I was desperately shy back then and had discovered that acting was one thing I could do. Connie was exuberant, uninhibited, and treated everyone the same. I don't think anybody had ever treated me like a normal person before; she changed my life, and I adored her and still do. We all had so much fun together through theatre. Connie was a feminist and activist before those things even took off. Girls had to do home economics, and boys, shop, in those days, but Connie wasn't going to put up with that; she fought and won the right to do shop. She never stopped fighting the good fight. She was intelligent, full of fun, very well informed about history and politics, full of compassion for those less well off, and not afraid to make her views known. I will miss her so much.

Fara Saputo

February 1, 2019

Mr Kennedy, Katie and Jamie
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife/ mother. My prayers are with you at this time. She will always be with you even though you cannot see her. Mrs K will always be there in your heart.

Deborah Lowis

February 1, 2019

Although I never had the opportunity to meet Connie, I know she must have been a very special person. Her son, Jamie, is my son's best friend. I can tell from what a wonderful person he is that he had a very special mom. I am so sorry for the family's loss.

Leslie Perrine

January 31, 2019

I met Connie when I was five years old and we have been friends ever since. We shared a love of reading and spent many hours after school sitting in her living room debating the books we had read. It was quite the thrill to go downtown to see Exodus when it came out. Of course we were disappointed since it did not follow the book. I remember Connie's dad always taking us kids in the neighborhood out to eat or on his boat. He had the loudest voice in the neighborhood when it came time to call us kids in for dinner. Connie will be very missed.

Barb and Gary Block Weisenburg

January 31, 2019

Connie was a bright and shining light to so many, near and far. She had a huge heart with a “welcome all” connectivity that kept a lot of us Thurstonites together. We will miss her so and sending much love and support to her family.

Patti Mills

January 31, 2019

I spent a lot of time with the Kennedy family as a friend of Katie's in high school. At that time Connie treated me as one of her own, even including me in the families Christmas celebration and purchasing gifts for me. She fostered my love of Stouffer's Mac & cheese (lol) and always made sure that I used proper English while in her presence. I was able to experience the pleasure of boating and eating out with the family on many occasions. While many years have passed since I have had contact I will always have fond memories of my time spent with Katie, her brother Jamie, and her parents. My deepest condolences to the family.
Patti (Juresich) Mills
Mesa, Arizona

ruth hoffman

January 31, 2019

Connie was voted class chatterbox in high school and some things never changed. When we were in junior high, a math teacher was reading off the names of the students on the first day. Lusty (Leo) Cebula was one of the students as was Flossy Katula. When the teacher read those names, Connie - never one to hold back - burst out in song and sang, "Flossy Katula, Lusty Cebula, bibbiti, bobbiti boo." A classic Connie moment.

She will be missed.

Amy Ingram

January 31, 2019

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

― Khalil Gibran

John Thom

January 30, 2019

Remembering Jimmy and Connie hosting the best Christmas eve family get together growing up in my teens. Having these memories
I will always remember for life. Thank you.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY