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Connie Carper

October 1, 1952 -
September 11, 2021

Connie J. Carper, 68, died of cancer on September 11, 2021, at home.  She displayed grace, great personal strength and bravery until the end.

A celebration of Connie’s life will be held Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m., at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, Illinois.  The Rev. Gary L. Fairchild w…read more

Connie J. Carper, 68, died of cancer on September 11, 2021, at home.  She displayed grace, great personal strength and bravery until the end.

A celebration of Connie’s life will be held Sunday, October 17, at 2 p.m., at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, Illinois.  The Rev. Gary L. Fairchild will officiate.   A memorial visitation will follow the service from 3-4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place per her wishes.  Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com

In October 1, 1952, Connie was born to David and Patricia Carper.  She lived in Seymour, Illinois, until her graduation from Mahomet—Seymour High School in 1970.  In 1985, Connie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a minor in Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University.  While completing her coursework she managed to incorporate various jobs, Parkland College classes, and travel.  In 1986, she became a member of UA Local 149, Plumbers and Pipefitters, receiving her licensed plumber certification.  She worked for different contractors, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University and the University of Illinois, respectively, until her retirement in 2008.

Connie was a devoted daughter and loved her family.  She had varied interests and activities during her life including friends, corvettes, live music, coffeehouses, diners, construction, education, computers, U of I sports, metal detecting, visiting Florida beaches, skiing, swimming and walking.   Self-reliance was a cornerstone of Connie’s philosophy, but she was never hesitant to empathize and help others in times of need.

After retirement, Connie devoted countless hours keeping Hessel Park clean and beautiful.  In April 2020, she received a Parks Impact Award for her activities.  Recently, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Connie a Paul Harris Fellow, “In appreciation … for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.”  Connie was selfless in many respects, wanting to do what was right and not seeking recognition.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her sister, Diane (Ray) Carper and brothers Philip (Hilda) Carper and Jeff Carper; a niece Cristen Clark (Chris) and a nephew Bryan (Lauren) Carper.

Connie was loved and a friend to many and she will be missed.

Connie requested no donations, however, if you wish or in lieu of flowers, may we suggest contributions to the Champaign Parks Foundation, 706 Kenwood Road, Champaign, Illinois 61821, designating the funds for Hessel Park.  Donations can also be made online at champaignparks.org/foundation.  Designated funds will be used for the upkeep and beautification of Hessel Park.

 

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Time: 03:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

Service Information

Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

Time: 02:00 pm

Morgan Memorial Home

Address:

1304 Regency Dr. West
Savoy, Illinois 61874

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