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Grace E. Connell

Grace E. Connell

Apr 30, 1918 - Aug 31, 2013
Longtime Riverton resident, Grace Connell, died August 31, 2013 at Westward Heights Care Center after living there for over 8 years. She was 95.

Funeral services are Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 419 E Park Avenue, Riverton, Wyoming. A viewing will precede the service from 9:30 a.m. until service time. The Reverend Vernon Boehlke will officiate. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Grace Esther Richter was born on April 30, 1918 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to George and Amanda (Kleinsmith) Richter. She attended a one-room school in Smith Coulee, Logan High School in La Crosse and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She then taught in rural schools in the area and later in Middleton, WI.

She married Rolland Connell on December 21, 1941. After his service in the Army the lived in Middleton, Lodi, and Beloit Wisconsin. They then lived in Greeley, Colorado before moving to Riverton, Wyoming in 1957.

She was active in her church and was a member of Trinity Lutheran since her arrival in Riverton. Her love of music led her to learn to play the organ and then helped all four children learn and play in church. She was instrumental in developing the bell choir at Trinity. She also was involved in 4-H as a parent and leader and as a substitute, taught in the Riverton schools.

She collected dolls and bells. Her love of poetry was apparent in the many poems she had memorized and still recited verbatim up until her death, many included the classics. She loved flowers and had pretty gardens, roses were her favorite.

She is survived by her daughters Judy (Stanley) Bryant of Riverton, Beth Connell of Riverton, and Dawn (David) Hoffman of Lovell; her grandchildren, Kristi (Daryne) Fegler, Rob (Kim) Bryant, Spencer Connell, Elizabeth (Derek) Schumacher, Jack (Sabra) Hoffman, Abigail (Zach) Moody, and Thomas Hoffman; her great grandchildren, Macey, Camey, Tye, and McAye Fegler, Braxton Bryant, JD Schumacher, Wesley, Evan, and Erik Hoffman, and Olivia and Maximus Moody.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rolland, and her son, Todd Connell.

Memorials may be made to Westward Heights Activities Department in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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