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 .Connie Schomaker Behling (1948 - 2012).

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. January 31, 2012  .
. Green Bay Press-Gazette .

Connie J. Behling passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at her home in
Oconto, after a courageous battle with cancer. Connie was born March 18,
1948, to the late Werner and Rita (Benesh) Schomaker in Marinette, Wis. She
attended Oconto Public Schools and Parochial Schools in Marinette,
graduating from Catholic Central High School in 1966. She went on to the
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, graduating in 1971, with a
bachelors degree in Elementary Education. Connie enriched the lives of many
children as she taught fourth and fifth grade in Oconto for 32 years,
retiring in 2003. She was honored with the Oconto Elementary School teacher
of the year in 2001. Connie married Doug Behling on Oct. 28, 1995. Doug
preceded her in death after five years of absolute joy on Dec. 20, 1999.
Also preceding her in death were her parents, a brother. Gerry, and
sister-in-law. Karen.

Connie is survived by two brothers, Werner (Gail) Schomaker and Jeff (Ingrid
Kress) Schomaker; four sisters, Karen (Orin) Sandberg, Judy (Steve) Grace,
Jeanne (Steve) Bouche, Jackie (Mike) Witter; her special friend, Mary (Bob)
Heiser; a brother-in-law, Merlie (Jackie) Behling; a sister-in-law, Kathy
(Don) Kuhr; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Connie is also survived by two very special little girls and companions,
Allie and Millie.

Connie loved spending time with her large family, especially at the joy
filled gatherings at her parents' home. She enjoyed picking wild berries,
gardening, floral arranging, making greeting cards and traveling. Doug and
Connie ran B&B Crafts for three years, where Doug built wood crafts for
Connie to decorate.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Holy Trinity Catholic
Church, Oconto, on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, from 9 to 11 a.m. Mass of
Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev.
Bob Karuhn officiating. The Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, is assisting the
family. Online condolences may be expressed at

Connie was a devoted pet owner for many years, which led her to become a
dedicated volunteer and generous donor to the Oconto Area Animal Shelter. It
was her wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the
animal shelter to help support the work done there on behalf of the animals
she loved so much. Donations may also be made to the Bread by the Bay food

Connie's family wishes to thank all the wonderful caregivers who have
supported her so lovingly throughout her battle with cancer.