Constance Amanda Govostis
April 18, 1941 – March 29, 2021
Constance “Connie” Govostis was born April 18, 1941, in Chicago, IL, to Costas and Ruth (Walls) Govostis. She leaves behind three daughters, Terri (Dan) Taylor, Aurora, CO; Mary MacNeill, Greeley, CO; and Debbie (Mark) Martinez, Wheat Ridge, CO; a step-son, Chris Martinez, FL; a sister Elaine (Pat) Cusey, Lake Charles, LA; and a brother Chris (Cori) Govostis, Arvada, CO; a village of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a whole host of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Ruth Bunke, Pamela and Pamela Govostis (yes there were 2) and brothers, George and Jim Govostis; her life partner, Manny Martinez; step-sons, Eddie and Rick Martinez.
As a teenager, Connie was the president of the local Frankie Avalon Fan Club.
Connie graduated from Lockport Township High School, Lockport, Illinois in 1960 and attended Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois for two years. Then oops . . . she started a family. Don’t worry, she wouldn’t have had it any other way. She loved being a mother and grandmother to all, even to the neighborhood kids who wandered into “Connie's Cafe” (that’s what she called her kitchen).
Connie enjoyed attending baseball games, her favorite team being the Chicago Cubs. She later became a Colorado Rockies fan, but it always tore at her heartstrings when the Rockies played her Cubbies because she didn’t know who to cheer on. She settled on cheering for the team at bat. She cried when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016 - so long ago. She would hunker down for football Sundays and always had her Broncos gear on.
Connie, the firecracker she was, loved to go on adventures. She made many trips across the U.S. during her lifetime, Las Vegas and Hoover Dam, was her last big adventure she checked off her bucket list.
She loved playing cards and board games. She was a walking dictionary when it came to Scrabble. Friday night bingo was her weekly vice and she made many lasting friendships there.
Saturdays were always reserved for dinner shenanigans with her family. She was happiest when her family was near.
She always enjoyed big family dinners and loved cooking. Her favorite holidays were Christmas and Easter. She sure enjoyed her Greek Easter food.
Connie will be missed by so many, both near and far. She made an endearing impact on the lives of everyone who had the opportunity to meet her, with her loving and spitfire personality.
Services will be held at Olinger Crown Hill, Chapel of Peace on Thursday, April 8th, at 11:00am. She will be laid to rest with Manny at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Constance Amanda Govostis
April 8, 2021
To Connie's family:
Connie will be so very missed! She was quite a character, but so loved. I am so sad that she is gone. But she will never be forgotten!
She told me the story of her learning to drive at the cemetery and drove up on the head stones because a tractor to remove snow was coming and her instructor said "drive" which she did. Always made me laugh. She had so many stories to tell. Her memory will be forever in your hearts. She raised 3 strong daughters! She loved all of her family. I will miss her ever happy laugh and smiles.
I will miss you momma Connie, rest well!
April 7, 2021
Will miss Connie! She was always a positive beacon for the whole family..."can't" wasn't in her vocabulary!! See you in Heaven!!!
April 5, 2021
In loving memory of Connie and my condolences to her entire family. I have known Connie for more than 40 years. I first met her daughter, Debbie, in the eighth grade. This life-long friendship all started with borrowing a piece of paper in math class. Instantly, I loved Connie like a mother. She was always so loving and caring to me. She also had no problem scolding me or giving me advice (just like parents do), and was there during all the big moments in my life (just like parents do)! I can attest to her feistiness, and I admired that in her. Mostly, however, I recall so many good times, laughter, kisses, and hugs. My most recent memory was nearly two years ago at the young age of 78. Connie traveled to Pueblo West to stay in my home and attend the State Fair to rock out at a Country Music Concert. I remember jamming to the music, holding her hand, giving hugs and so much laughter and fun! I remember thinking, I hope I am just like that if I get the privilege of living to be that age. Connie was an inspiration to all that met her. She was beautiful and loving, and I will miss her immensely (just like a child would)...
April 3, 2021
[Was asked to post this here so it's not lost amongst a chapter in 'The Book of Face'.]
3 weeks shy of what would've been your 80th. 🎈🎉
Reading your obituary and seeing the mention of your love of boardgames reminded me of the laughs Joey, my Mom and I shared with you when we played "Win, Lose or Draw" one evening (when we visited the year before Grandpa passed away).
I'll never forget how I hopped outta my seat and grabbed a Harry Potter book of mine I had brought along to use as a clue, since my drawing wasn't giving much help. I did a finger gesture to the 'P' in the HP logo and also traced the outline of it while giving subtle thunderclap sounds as a hint. Right as the time in the hourglass expired, you gave me a consternated "The hell is this boy on about" look and then blurted "How was I supposed to guess 'Lightning' with your damn kabooms and pointing at wizards and such" after I said the title on the answer card. 😆
May you Rest In Paradise with a great big pep now back in your step once more and get to enjoy it once again with Grandpa (like in one of my fave photos of you two), Grandma! 💖 🕊️
April 2, 2021
So many memories over the past 60+ years but one of my favorites is the last time she visited us in Lake Charles and our kids were able to come over from Ireland for a couple of weeks and we went cruising down the bayou where the famous pirate Jean Lafitte frequented. Connie being out on the water and learning about Louisiana history but most of all she loved each and everyone of her family members.