OBITUARY

Constance Katherine Schlabach

December 13, 1950September 7, 2018
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Constance “Connie” K. Schlabach, 67, of Bettendorf, IA passed away on September 7, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals surrounded by her loving family. Per her wishes cremation rights have been accorded. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Runge Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the Runge chapel. Inurnment will follow at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Pleasant Valley Education Foundation. Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com. Connie was born on December 13, 1950 in LeMars, Iowa to Cletus and Adeline (Dickson) Bohlke. She graduated from LeMars Community High School in 1969. She was united in marriage to Larry Schlabach on March 31, 1979 in Rock Island, IL. Connie was a self-employed painter and for the last 15 years she worked for the Pleasant Valley Community District. Connie enjoyed her time on the boat fishing in Canada with her husband and spending time at the Shady Lakes Campground. Connie was an avid card player but euchre was her favorite. She also enjoyed cooking and feeding family and friends. And although she did not enjoy sports, she supported her grandkids ( aka “The Little Shit Asses”) and was there to cheer them on. She had a special bond with her sister Nancy Pearson. Connie’s family was very important to her; the love and care she gave to her family will be forever missed. Survivors include her loving husband, Larry. Children: Christine (Kevin) Smith of LeClaire, IA, Melissa (Paul) DelCorso of Bettendorf, IA, Brian Dirksen of Davenport, IA, Brandon Meyers of Grinnell, IA, Kayla Michaels of Davenport, IA, Barbie (Ken) Doty of MT; grandchildren Haley, Hannah, Joshua, Emma, Kaitlyn, Maggie, Karley, Brooke, Joe, Jessica, and Faith; several brothers and sisters; and her beloved dog Buck. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, several sisters and brothers and her special nephew Jimmy Pearson.

  • FAMILY

  • Cletus Bohlke, Father
  • Adeline (Dickson) Bohlke, Mother
  • Larry Schlabach, Husband
  • Christine (Kevin) Smith, Daughter
  • Melissa (Paul) DelCorso, Daughter
  • Brian Dirksen, Son
  • Brandon Meyers, Son
  • Kayla Michaels, Daughter
  • Barbie (Ken) Doty, Daughter
  • Jimmy Pearson, Nephew
  • Also left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren: Haley, Hannah, Joshua, Emma, Kaitlyn, Maggie, Karley, Brooke, Joe, Jessica and Faith; several brothers and sisters; and her beloved dog, Buck. She was also preceded in death by several sisters and brothers.
  • DONATIONS

  • Pleasant Valley Education Foundation

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 12, 2018
  • Visitation Tuesday, September 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Constance Katherine Schlabach

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Joyce Drexler

September 11, 2018

A special lady has left us too soon. It's up to each of us to carry on Connie's legacy. I know the angels have carried you to heaven, Connie. Sending my love and prayers to all of you.



Love,

Joyce Drexler
Josh and Katie's other Grandma

Krista Renken

September 11, 2018

Thankful we were able to grow up next door to you and have a second set of parents! So many cherished memories I will never forget, especially listening to all the oldies with you. What a blast! I love you.
Love, Krista

Jen Nguyen

September 11, 2018

You'll be missed.
Love Always, your other adopted daughter Jenny, Kayla's sister.
Xoxo

Al & Sue Mork

September 10, 2018

Chris, Kevin, Brian and family,

So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron Hale

September 10, 2018

Larry and family,
Our most heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you on the loss of Connie. She was a wonderful person. It was a true pleasure knowing her. Find strength in the love she had for everyone. God Bless.
Ron and Tom

Linda Pearson

September 10, 2018

Missing my "new best friend".

Cindy ingenthron

September 9, 2018

I will miss you my beautiful funny sister.....xxoo

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Forever In Our Hearts

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Constance Katherine Schlabach was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Constance will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Constance was born on December 13, 1950 at LeMars Hospital in LeMars, Iowa, where she grew up. She was the daughter of Adeline (Dickson) and Cletus Bohlke.

      Constance was raised with sixteen siblings, brothers: Bob, Ronnie, Tom, Mike, Didee, Rick and Chuck, and sisters: Bety, Jaleta, Jean, Nancy, Cindy and Lori. Constance was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Constance had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Constance was an active child who loved playing basketball and swimming. Even as a child Constance was a hard worker. However, to Constance, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      A typical teenager, Constance had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from LeMars Community High School in 1969. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was gym. She was proud of graduating.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Constance enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. Later in life, she became friends with Sharon Denouden.

      On March 31, 1979 Constance exchanged wedding vows with Larry Schlabach at the Rock Island County Courthouse, Rock Island, Illinois. Empathic and loyal, Constance was committed to making her new family happy.

      Constance worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Constance was blessed with three children, Chris, Melissa (Pip) and Brian. Another blessing for Constance was the gift of six grandchildren: Haley, Hannah, Josh, Emma, Katie and Maggie.

      Fortunately, Constance enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Constance worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was being self employed as a painter. Constance always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Constance found pleasure bowling and fishing. More than anything, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

      Constance enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Her favorite vacation was visiting Canada.

      Constance was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was Tubby a Collie Golden Retriever mix. They were best friends for fourteen years. Her family was rounded out by her Yellow Lab named Buck.


      Constance passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Iowa City Hospital after a battle with lung cancer. A visitation was held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Runge Mortuary. A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Constance was laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Those left cherishing her memory include her loving husband, Larry; children: Christine (Kevin) Smith, Melissa (Paul) DelCorso, Brian Dirksen, Brandon Meyers, Kayla Michaels, Barbie (Ken) Doty; grandchildren: Haley, Hannah, Joshua, Emma, Kaitlyn, Maggie, Karley, Brooke, Joe, Jessica, and Faith; several brothers and sisters; and her beloved dog, Buck. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, several sisters and brothers and her special nephew Jimmy Pearson.


      Simply stated, Constance was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Constance leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Constance Katherine Schlabach.