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Connie Sanborn
June 19, 1937 - April 7, 2017

Connie Sanborn, 79, of Oelwein died April 7th, 2017 at the Hawkeye Care Center in Cresco, IA due to complications from a recent stroke.  Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Thursday, April 13that Christ United Presbyterian Church, Oelwein with Rev John Kerr officiating. Visitation will be at Geilenfeld Funeral Home on Wednesday April 12thfrom 4-7 pm and for one hour before the funeral service at the church on Thursday. Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery, Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established in her name.

Constance Lou Sanborn was born June 19th, 1937 in Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of the late Donald C. and Nellie M. (Tarr) Crandall.  She was united in marriage to John Whitehead Sanborn of Hazelton, Iowa on September 9th, 1957 at the First Presbyterian Church of Oelwein with Rev L.W. Hauter officiating.  Soon after they were married, John and Connie relocated to Virginia Beach, VA where John served out the remainder of his enlistment in the US Navy. Following John’s discharge, John and Connie relocated to Sumner, Iowa where she worked at the Sumner Gazette. They later moved to Oelwein where they raised three children. Connie worked as an operator for the telephone company, as a teller at the First National Bank, at JC Penney & Co and finally at Culligan Water Conditioning in Oelwein where she retired as office manager in 1999.

Connie was very active in the Christ United Presbyterian Church as well as the Oelwein Community Healthcare Foundation where she was a legacy board member. She was also very active in the Oelwein Historical Society Museum, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Fayette County Republican Party, the Oelwein Business and Professional Women. Connie also enjoyed supporting The Friends of the Oelwein Public Library, volunteering at Grandview Nursing and Rehab Center, playing with her card club, and generally causing trouble and light mayhem wherever she went.

Connie is survived by her daughter Deborah J. (Gary) Hackman of Decorah, and two sons: Jon A. Sanborn of Janesville, WI and Colonel Scott E. (Sandi) Sanborn of Carlisle, PA; four grandchildren: Nicholas (Nikki) England, Brandyn Sanborn, Allyson Sanborn, and Trevor Sanborn; one step-grandchild Crystal Hackman; one great-grandchild: Zoey England, and; sister Karen (Jerry) Allen of Warwick, Rhode Island and her companion cat Tiger (who is currently seeking alternative living arrangements; interested parties may contact the family).

Connie was preceded in death by her husband John, both parents, her sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Louis “John” De Timmerman and her brothers Allen Crandall and Larry Crandall who died in infancy. 


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Garry/Betty Davidson on April 10, 2017 at 9:30 PM said:

We have known Connie since high school. I also worked with her at First National Bank of Oelwein. Her husband grew up next door to Betty. Connie was high spirited and mischievous in a good way. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our sincere sympathy to her family. God Bless.
Lois Roberts on April 10, 2017 at 5:22 PM said:

Connie was a member of the Oelwein Class of 55 and will be greatly missed by all of us. She was a genuine friend to all of us. Our monthly 55 get- togethers will not be the same without her smiling face.
Jess and Christy Paul on April 10, 2017 at 4:38 PM said:

Jess has known her and the entire Crandall family all his life. Connie was his babysitter. Christy has also known her for years. Connie and her humor will be missed. She is in our hearts and prayers.
Jennifer Kugel on April 10, 2017 at 9:30 AM said:

So sorry she was the best. I played cards with her the past few years and my mother and I always looked forward to playing her team she was so much fun
Keith S. Elster on April 10, 2017 at 9:16 AM said:

Again,I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers!
Lyle & Nancy Miller on April 10, 2017 at 5:14 AM said:

Will miss Connie. She was always that "perkie" squirt at Culligan. May she rest in peace and please accept our condolences.
Steve, Mary Reeder and family on April 9, 2017 at 9:47 PM said:

So sorry to hear about Connie, we will certainly
miss her beautiful hugs. Our prayers are with all
of you. Sorry we can't be with you.
Jan Van De Walker(Bartels) on April 9, 2017 at 8:43 PM said:

Deb Jon and Scott sorry to hear about your mom.You have my deepest sympathy.
Mary Boyle on April 9, 2017 at 5:45 PM said:

I was only able to meet you once, and that was enough to know that you were feisty and lovely. I'm so glad I had that opportunity.
Lynn Erdelt Reinert on April 9, 2017 at 3:16 PM said:

Deb, Scott, and Jon,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Connie was one of a kind! Always a smile on her face and a laugh close behind. Remember all the good times and you'll never have time to be sad. She's back with your dad now, the two of them having fun again. God Bless you and your families.
Denise Monnahan on April 9, 2017 at 2:58 PM said:

Deb, Jon, Scott, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Your Mom was a wonderful and Caring person!!!!
Verna deTemmerman on April 9, 2017 at 2:33 PM said:

Scott, Deb and Jon,
I've known Connie a long time. She and I had been in the class of "55'. I worked with Connie at the NWBell phone office also. My condolences to all of you and your families. she was an active person in town. My God be with you all at this time.
Reg & Millie Thornton, Mpls,MN on April 9, 2017 at 2:12 PM said:

Have known the family for many years from Hazleton forward.
Connie was always a joy to be around and will continue to miss her. Our condolences to her family and friends everywhere.
Lynn Willey Isham on April 9, 2017 at 1:12 PM said:

My grandparents, Dick and Juanita, lived next door to your family in Oelwein. They enjoyed watching your kids grow up and enjoyed your parents. Scott and my grandpa had many good days together in their workshop in the back yard! I'm sorry for the loss of your mom.

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