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Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR

OBITUARY

Constance "Connie" Mary Beck

August 8, 1932February 6, 2020
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Constance (Connie) Mary Beck was born in Long Prairie, Minnesota to parents Valentine and Leona Thoennes on August 8, 1932. Connie had five siblings: a brother Bud and four sisters Virginia, Marcy, Rose and MaryAnne. Her family moved from Minnesota to Portland, Oregon when she was about 11 years old, because of job opportunities. Her dad was a blacksmith and her mom worked in the woolen mills.

Connie attended Assumption Catholic Grade School and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1950. This is where she met Victor Beck at a high school football game. They were married in Portland at Holy Redeemer Church on January 10th, 1953. They were married for 63 years. Together they raised five children: Debora, David, Paul, Diane and Annette. The family lived in the Portland area until about 1972 while the children attended Assumption grade school.

She loved spending quality family time going on adventures like camping at Rockaway Beach to enjoy running down the dunes and going Bass fishing. Annual trips to Kah-Nee-Ta resort in Madras, Or. roasting marshmallows in the tee-pee and always getting burnt in the huge pool with the spouting bears! There were the trips to Trees of Mystery, Crater Lake and Sea Lion Caves. Plus, all the fun at Nana and Otto’s ranch in The Dalles: eating delicious huckleberry pies, playing with the animals and watching her children swimming in the pond. (Connie could not swim). But, she didn't like the out-house so much, since there wasn’t indoor plumbing!

After 20 years of renovating the house in St. John’s, they had to start all over when the family moved onto 10 acres in Scappoose, Oregon in 1972. Her husband Victor continued working at Seinfeld’s Products which was a Portland cannery known for their pickled goods, as a delivery truck driver. He retired after 45 years of employment. They lived in Scappoose for 44 years enjoying the peacefulness and beauty of country living. She loved spending time in her sprawling garden and flower beds, especially her roses. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing and was known for always having her nose in a good book! Connie was also a wonderful baker and was famous for her lemon meringue pie and her cinnamon rolls were amazing! She took great pride in her housekeeping and it taught her children the value of hard work. She enjoyed working in her early years at Nabisco(National Biscuit Company). Then after getting married and starting a family, she considered it a blessing to stay at home and raise her children. In later years, she jumped at the opportunity to work in the care center where her father-in-law lived.

Connie was a devote Catholic and regularly attended mass at Assumption Church in St.John’s and then at St. Wenceslaus in Scappoose. She was kind, humble and soft spoken, but always had a quick-wit that made you laugh!! Connie’s faith in God and dedication to family continues to be an inspiration to her children.

Connie is predeceased by her spouse Victor Beck, parents Valentine and Leona Thoennes, and a son David Beck.

She is survived by her daughters Debora Wold, Diane Crafton and Annette Sells. One son, Victor (Paul) Beck. Two surviving sisters, Virginia and MaryAnne. Also 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Clatskanie Room, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd. Portland, Oregon. February 22, 2020 at 12 noon. Visitation will be from 11-12 prior to service. Connie will be laid to rest in Skyline Memorial Garden's Garden Mausoleum next to her husband.

Remembrances can be made to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital or to the charitable organization of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Committal Service Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Reception Saturday, February 22, 2020

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Nancy O'Keeffe

February 21, 2020

I remember, as a young child, sitting in a kitchen at the table watching Aunt Connie, grandma, and mom talking and laughing. They were so filled with the joy of having the other's company, their shared memories and the bond that tied them together.

May you fly between the winds into to loving arms of our eternal God.

Nancy

Jean OKeeffe

February 20, 2020

I loved our family trips to Portland to see all the cousins, aunts and uncles, and of course grandma and grandpa! Aunt Connie was a sure bet to pass out the hugs, and offer something yummy to eat. She always had something funny to say or do. I loved being around her! Rest in peace auntie, and see you in heaven, I'm sure you will have something funny to say!

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