.Connie Schomaker Behling (1948 -
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
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)
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,
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
condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.
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.
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