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Connie Ann Vargason
December 8, 1919 - June 12, 2012


Connie Ann Vargason, 93 of Oelwein, died Tuesday, June 12 at Mercy Hospital after a short illness.

She was born December 8, 1919 in Oelwein, daughter of Juan Rico and Mercedes Ortiz Rico; she married Henry D. Vargason on June 19, 1946 at Saint Francis Assisi Mission Church, Chicago, Illinois.

Connie attended Sacred Heart School.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Sacred Heart Rosary Society and American Legion Auxiliary.

While living in Chicago she worked at Brach Candy Factory, she and Henry returned to Oelwein in 1948 to care for her mother.  Connie also worked for Father O’Hagan as housekeeper, and Sacred Heart School, as a cook.  She was an avid seamstress and loved cooking Mexican dishes for her friends and family.  She was very proud of her Mexican heritage and instilled this in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: Her two sons, Henry “Rick” (Cathy) Vargason, and Michael (Deb) Vargason, a daughter, Kathy Wetherbee all of Oelwein, and a Step-daughter Karen (Chuck) Santana of San Jose, California, her four Grandchildren, Scott (Catrena) Vargason, of Cedar Rapids, and Mandy (Jamie) Logan, Christopher Fox, and Seth (Jamie) Vargason of Oelwein and Shawna (Scott) Hansen of Neenah, Wisconsin.  Ten Great-grandchildren, Keenan, Madison, Makayla, Drake, Colton, Mason, Halle, Jordynn, Dayton and Colin, and nieces, Bea (John) Lenz, Pat (Ed) Schulmeister, Judy (John) Clendenen, Ruth (Marvin) Staton, Mary Eick, Maria (Stanly) Wolf and nephews, Bernard Vela, Jim Smith, Gary (Deb) Fox, and Troy Vargason; also, her extended Family at Oelwein Care and her Special Friends Consuelo (Connie) Ledesma, Josephine Nading and Linda Jensen.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry D. Vargason (March 11, 1988), a sister Maria (infant), her step-son Berry, Cousins Florencio and Clara Morales, and Pete and Mary Vela; and her brothers and sister-in-laws, Wanda and Albert Lenius, Carl and Leona Smith, Richard and Marjory Fox and Donavon and Ruth Vargason.

Funeral Services:  9:00 AM on Saturday, June 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein, with Father Harry Koelker officiating.

Visitation:  4:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, June 15 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home, Oelwein.

Connie will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. 


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Paul Felix on June 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM said:


I am so sorry for your loss. I know your mom meant a great deal to you and to a host of other folks. Prayers to you and your family

Paul Felix / Grapvine, Texas
Steve and Carolyn Coselman on June 20, 2012 at 7:27 AM said:

Kathy and Family, so sorry to hear about your Mom, you have our deepest sympathy.
Dennis King on June 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM said:

A real Oelwein person. Born there, left for awile, came back, and passed on in Oelwein. Proud of her Heritage and raised a nice family. Kathy I've known you for a long time, and graduated with you. You always made me feel Important, my thoughts are with you and your family.
Denny & Marcia Pepin on June 15, 2012 at 3:37 PM said:

Kathy, sorry to hear of your loss. You have our deepest sympathy and you are in out thoughts and prayers.
Theresa and Mick Urness on June 15, 2012 at 12:25 PM said:

We're so sorry for your loss. You and your family have our deepest sympathy.
Wilda Bark and family on June 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM said:

Hi Cathy sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special person. I can remember alot of times visiting with her when Mom (Dorothy Nash)would do her hair. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Wilda
Eric and Julie Nelson on June 15, 2012 at 6:52 AM said:

Scott and Catrena and family.So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts.
Sheryl Gosse on June 14, 2012 at 11:13 PM said:

Kathy and Rick & rest of family(ies):sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to assist your mom years ago with her needs. I enjoyed our visits just like those of Nettie V. Treasure the memories and always be close, families do make a difference and life goes faster/too fast/as we all know. Connie was blessed to have raised you kids to be a good example of what life should be. Keepsakes forever in your hearts.
Fern (Carnicle) Bunnell on June 14, 2012 at 7:48 PM said:

Rick, my prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your mother.
Jim Hines on June 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM said:

My thoughts go out to Rick, Mike, and Kathy and your family's. So sorry for your loss.

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