Connie Shella

September 5, 1954January 23, 2019
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Connie Shella, 64, of Indianapolis departed this life Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Connie was born September 5, 1954 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Dean and Florence (Johnson) Cates. She grew up in Faribault, MN graduating from Faribault High School in 1972. Connie then earned nursing degrees from St. Mary’s College and the University of Minnesota. She went on to become a Certified Diabetes Educator, later earning her certification as a Master Gardener from Purdue University. Connie worked for hospitals in Rochester, MN, Cedar Rapids, IA, and Grand Rapids, MI. In Indianapolis she worked for Methodist Hospital, and a diabetes clinic before joining Eli Lilly and Company. For many years she worked as a professional relations liaison traveling the globe. She was known for her empathy and devotion to the cause of battling diabetes. She raised two children with type 1 diabetes and volunteered at diabetes camp for 22 years. There was still time for cooking with her ‘Gourmet Club’, tending to her gardens and cheering for her Indianapolis Colts. She was sadly preceded in death by her beloved son, Andy Shella in 2010. Connie is survived by her devoted husband, Jim Shella; her loving daughter, Kate (Dave Adair) Shella; sister, Lisa Lano and brother, Mark Cates. Visitation for Connie will be from 4 – 7 pm on Friday, February 1st at Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel. Memorial services will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 2nd at Pleasant View Lutheran Church (801 W 73rd St, Indianapolis, IN 46260). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Andy Shella Scholarship Fund in care of the American Diabetes Association – Indiana Affiliate: 8604 Allisonville Road, Ste. 140, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Online condolences available at:


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 1, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 2, 2019


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Patrick Ragains

September 2, 2021

I just found out Connie passed. She was one of the best people I ever met. Her diabetes education saved my life. If had known I would have been at the funeral. I was fighting cancer myself that year.

Patrick Ragains

Sara Underwood

July 4, 2021

I worked with Connie when she was at the Joslin Diabetes Center. I worked for Boehringer Mannheim and worked with AccuCheks. I learned so very much from her and watched her help so many people. She was amazing. While it has been many many years ago, she remains one of my favorites. Blessing to the family.
Sara Dowd Underwood

Jonathan & Emily Block

February 9, 2019

Connie was such a help and comfort to us when our son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1992.
We will forever be grateful to her.

May God bless you and your family.

Rob and Sherry Adair

February 3, 2019

So sad to hear of Connie’s passing. She was such a beautiful person to be around and visit with these last few years. Never heard her complain and she always seem to have a positive attitude no matter how bad she felt. We will miss her lovely smile. Angels are now her guardian. May memories of good times together console you and Katie in the days ahead.

Arlana Clark

February 1, 2019

Connie was a blessing to me when our son was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992. She was so compassionate and always listened to my concerns. I will never forget her loving spirit

Paula Maners

January 31, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Connie in the late 80s early 90s. She was such a great nurse I learned a lot from her. So glad I got to start my career with her as my mentor. Much love to Jim and Katie. RIP Connie you will be missed. 🙏❤️.

donna henzman

January 30, 2019

My life has been blessed by knowing Connie. We not only worked together but became friends. Anyone knowing Connie will have countless memories. Without a doubt all will say what a wonderful person she was. I know that there are many individuals who were impacted by her skills as a Diabetes Educator. I was impacted by her personal strength when facing difficult situations and her never-ending positive attitude. Connie has made me a better, stronger person. I will miss her but know that she has hugged Andy and left behind all struggles.

Love and prayers for Jim and Kate.
Donna Henzman

Terri Kortu

January 29, 2019

Jim, I was so very sorry to hear of your wife's passing. She was well liked and respected by all of us who knew her. You have my deepest sympathy.

Terri Kortu

Mike Smith

January 29, 2019


What awesome pictures of Connie and your family. My heart is with you in spirit, my friend. Stay strong. - Mike Smith

Brenda Fattig

January 27, 2019

My daughter has Type I diabetes and I was in the support group at Methodist that Connie led. She was so awesome! Even after she left Methodist she made time to have lunch with a bunch of us mom’s with kids with diabetes. I’m so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady, I learned a lot from her.