Constance Rene Nelson - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

May 16, 1938 - January 10, 2022

Constance Rene (Conley) Nelson, 83, passed away peacefully on January 10, at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN.

Connie was born in Rockford, IL to Raymond and Helen Conley on May 16, 1938. She graduated from Muldoon High School in Rockford. She attended Marquette University and went on to become a Northwest Airlines flight attendant and then a homemaker. She loved to cook, fish, spoil her grandkids, shop, Minnesota Vikings, Michael Buble, and her favorite tv shows, but most of all loved spending time with family.

Connie is preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Helen; her husband, Charles; and sisters, Sally (Conley) Callahan, Janet (Conley) Murray, and Mary (Conley) Schneller.

Connie is survived by two sons, Michael and Mark, daughter-in-law, Gladys, her sister, Kay (Conley) Dannenberg of Reston, VA, and four grandchildren Joshua, Jeremy, Andrea, and Mark and two great-grandchildren Audrina and Calvin.

Connie will be interred next to husband Chuck at Sunset Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN, in a ceremony in May or June 2022.

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  1. Joey says:

    So very sorry for your huge loss!
    Tom and I loved her!
    We had some great times being neighbors! Rest In Peace Connie!
    Love, Tom & Joey Crorkin

    • Michael Nelson says:

      Thank you Tom & Joey for the love and friendship you gave my Mom in her last few years that were wrought with health problems. She expressed to me often how important you were in her life!

  2. Robert Dannenberg says:

    We will miss you Aunt Connie,
    Rob and Sandy

    • Michael Nelson says:

      Thank you Rob & Sandy – we will all miss her greatly and I know she is smiling down on us all..happily reunited with my Dad.

  3. Nina ,Alan and Kathryn Benson says:

    We are so sad to hear this news. I can remember Jay and I “helping” Aunt Connie to ice skate when we were children and had just been introduced to her by Uncle Chuck. I didn’t realize until a few years later that Connie wasn’t the one who needed help. We were enamored with her from the start. So sorry to hear this news, Mike and Mark.

  4. bill says:

    God Bless Connie and may she rest in peace near his throne in Heaven. I know she would have wanted to bring just a few earthly possessions with her, because she loved beauty, but there is an abundance of everything in the house of the lord. I will miss you. Your friend,

  5. Msgr Thomas Dzielak says:

    Connie was a grade school and high school classmate of mine. We enjoyed her as one of our friends. I last saw her at her sister Janet’s funeral in Rockford. I will celebrate Mass for her, as I am privileged to do for all my former classmates. – Msgr Tom Dzielak, Diocese of Rockford (retired)

  6. Michael Nelson says:

    Thank you all for the condolescences and kind words. My mother was a very loving generous soul and she will forever be in our hearts! We have many wonderful memories of her and take comfort knowing we will see her one day in heaven. She is happily there now dancing with Dad, her sisters, and parents…and playing with her dogs. :)

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