Connie, born in 1932, grew up in the Bronx. She moved to Baldwin with her family when she was 15 years old in 1947. Her large family included her parents, Patricia and William, and her siblings, Dolly, Bill, Eileen, Dorothy and Rev. Gregg.
Connie graduated from Oceanside High School in 1950. A few years later, Connie bought the family house on Fox Avenue. She became close with neighbors who became family, Betty and Sam Iovino, who later became John’s godparents.
She worked at Liberty Mutual and ended up becoming sister-in-laws with two of her co-workers, Ellie and Alice. She was a conscientious employee of Barnell Loft in Baldwin for 27 years. At Barnell Loft, she became life long friends with Anne Butindaro.
She was a devout Catholic and longtime parishioner and Rosary Society member of St. Christopher’s Parish of Baldwin. She enjoyed volunteering her time at the outreach program at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in Roosevelt, NY.
Connie was a snowbird, traveling between New York and The Villages, FL staying with her brother Rev. Gregg Elliott’s in his beautiful home. She made some wonderful friends there including Marie Martin, Mary Darragan, Jimmy, and his dog Missy. They enjoyed shopping at the Square, going to seminars, and watching all of the golf cart parades.
In January of 2012, Connie was diagnosed with LeioMyoSarcoma. She went through many weeks of radiation over the summer. Unfortunately she was not a good candidate for surgery due to location of her tumor. Her insurance company denied her of radio-surgery several times. In January of 2014, Connie suffered from lymphedema in her legs caused by the tumor. In March, we got news that the tumor was starting to grow. In September, her pain started to increase. By October, we found out that the tumor had doubled in size and was causing squashed stomach syndrome.
In May 2014, her family formed Team Connie, as a show of support for her to keep slaying the dragon. They made t-shirts for everyone to wear and bought bracelets, license plates, and magnets to spread the word. They sold over 250 shirts.
Connie passed away surrounded by her family on October 20th, 2014 after a courageous battle with LeioMyoSarcoma. She was 82 years old.
Connie is survived by her children Diane (Michael), Janet (Keith), Marilyn, Daniel (Debbie), Eileen (Meg), the late John, and her other “almost” daughter Lisa. She was adored by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, family, and friends.
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