We had some sad news a few days after Xmas. Stan’s mother, Constance, Aka Connie, 95,
passed away on Dec 27. We will miss her . When it came to living, she was a tour de force. She leaves in her wake an indelible memory for her family. Gone but surely not forgotten. Death was in the end a blessing. She was physically pretty down and out. We and she knew that our time with her this summer would be the last. We said our goodbyes, and knowing that we would be in Africa , she insisted that we not attempt to attend her funeral. We po pooed the notion, though in our hearts, we knew.
Happily our phone service has improved significantly, at least at this time, so communication with the family has been and continues to be fluid and frequent All feel she is in a better place. The funeral, January 2, will be a Celebration of her Life. We will cheer from here. Mary and Tim will attend.
Constance Conrad Muessle was born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 23, 1919. She and her husband, Stan, moved to Oregon in 1945 joining her mother and father, Anna and Henry Conrad, and her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and John Dietrich, in the formation of a family business, Conrad Veneers, located in Tualatin.
Ever an active member of the community, Connie saw her first priority as the nurturance of her family and the support of their education. She was mother of five, grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of sixteen.
Her significant volunteer work included teaching Christian doctrine at the parishes of St. Cecilia’s of Beaverton and at St. John Fisher of Portland. She was a founding member of St. John Fisher and an active member in the parish. Subsequently she volunteered for eleven years at Jesuit High School, organizing and directing the alumni association. She also volunteered for several years as a tax counselor for AARP.
She was a former member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and the Portland Gold Club. She lived in southwest Portland for many years before moving to Mary’s Woods in Lake Oswego in 2001.
Connie was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Peter Muessle. She is survived, by her children Stan (Elizabeth), John, Constance (Dick), David (Megan) and Brian, eleven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and her sister, Mary Jane Dietrich.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, January 2 at 11:00 AM at the Chapel of the Holy Names, 17400 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances to be sent to Global Outreach, 7326 Windemere Lane Sarasota, FL 34201