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“Been Connie's neighbor for a number of years and helped her occasionally around her home--once ran off a snake that had her petrified:). She always...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: David Hackman - Springfield, IL

“Sam, We were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Remember her smile, voice, and laughter it will help ease the pain. Your family is in our...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jeff and Lisa Christen - Havana, IL

“Uncle Sam, My heart goes out to you and the family. Grandma Connie was a wonderful person and raised one as well. You now have an ANGEL...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Josh Cottrill - Springfield, IL

“To Sammy,Velma and the rest of Connie's family, my most profound sympathies. How ironic I just saw all of you a couple of weeks ago. Connie was...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Carin Weiss-Krolikowski - IL

“I hadn't seen Connie since we were kids but we uses to have fun together. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Rebecca Clemens Easley - E Altom, IL

“I worked in the Farmers Union Bldg. (Soil Conservation Service) with Connie. She was such a nice person and friends with everyone. I'm in...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Lou Disco - Nalcrest, FL

“Sam & Cathy, I pray the love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and he helps you heal with the passage of time. Thinking of you, Sandy ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: Sandra Russell - springfield, IL

“Our sincere condolences to Sam and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. Tim, Bev, Holly and Sarah Black ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Beverly Black - Taylorville, IL

“Velma and Sam and family and friends I am so sorry about Connie, Remember we all grew up together at Poplars Restraurant area. I have some fun...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Hazel Cooper (Luke) - Athens, IL

“I had the privilege of seeing Connie and her mother Velma every week on Thursday Mornings for the past 7 years. Her bright smile would come through...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Lynn Woerner - Springfield, IL

“Though your Mother's journey was not an easy one, she has finally reached her resting place. Now is the time for the family to heal and reflect on...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Pam Jachino - Spfld., IL

“I was privileged to see Connie and her mother Velma every week on Thursday Mornings. I watched for them to come to a meeting and it wasn't the same...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Lynn Woerner - Springfield, IL

“Sam & Cathy; Sorry for your loss in this diffucult time. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Joe & Pam Jachino - Springfield, IL

“Connie will be greatly missed. She was always so loving to my mother and family and never missed a birthday or mothers day. My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Beth Cleary Cappellin - IL

“Connie and I grew up together, we went to grade school and high school together. She was one of my oldest friends even if we had not stayed in close...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Ed Adams - Springfield, IL

“We will miss Connie's greeting at Chicken Suppers at Sherman UMC with her lovely smile. I worked with Connie for several years and she was a...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: marian rickey - springfield, IL

“Sam and Cathy: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Brian, Tammy & Shelby Horne - IL

“Connie is home in Heaven So happy and so bright. There is perfect joy and beauty In God's everlasting light. All the pain is over, Every...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: GeorgeAnn Madison - Springfield, IL


Conzona "Connie" E. Cleary, 71, of Springfield, died at 10:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at St. John's Hospital. Connie was born June 12, 1940 in Owensboro, KY, the daughter of George and Velma Hopkins Kelley. Connie was a 1958 graduate of Lanphier High School. She worked at Illinois Farmers Union as an Administrative Secretary for 36 years. She was a member of Sherman United Methodist Church since 1965 and belonged to the church choir. She was known for her beautiful voice and loved watching movies, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and flower gardening. She was preceded in death by her father, George Kelley. She is survived by her son, Sam (wife, Cathy) Wilkerson; two grandchildren, Cassidy Jo Dodd and Samantha Williams; great-granddaughter, Rylee Paige Dodd; great-grandson, Brayden Whittington; mother, Velma Kelley; and cousins, Sharon Bentley and Jerry Custer, as well as many others. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies. Memorial Ceremony: 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E. Andrew Rd., Sherman, with Rev. Mike Pennell officiating. Inurnment will follow at Athens Hall's Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to: Sherman United Methodist Church Music Department, 2336 E. Andrew Rd., Sherman, IL 62684.

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