Constance "Connie" Louise (Wiemer) Birchler, 71, of Lacon, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at her home and has moved to Heaven.
She was born on January 17, 1949 in Pekin, IL to the late LaVerne C. and Amelia "Sally" E. (Rapp) Wiemer.
Connie grew up in rural San Jose, IL and later in Delavan, IL where she graduated from Delavan High School in 1967. Her family purchased a farm in Lacon, IL the year that she graduated. She attended Illinois State University. Connie worked for a short time at the BF Goodrich plant in Henry, IL and then was employed at Caterpillar in Mossville, IL in the engineering department and last worked in the Defense Products Division. While working at Caterpillar she met her future husband, Norman Paul Birchler and they were married on July 13, 1973 in Lacon, IL. She worked at Caterpillar for about 10 years when she quit to become a full-time mom when their first son was born.
She is survived by her husband, Norman, two sons, Aaron (Kari) Birchler of Hankinson, ND and Andrew (Rebecca) Birchler of Lacon, IL. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Aaron and Kari's children, Christian, Abigail, Elijah, Eliana, Selah, and Gabriela Birchler, all of Hankinson, ND; Andrew and Rebecca's children, Rebecka (Dillon) Kelly of Dunlap, IL, Kailey, and Andrew Birchler Jr. both of Lacon, IL. In addition, she is survived by one brother-in-law, Leo (Paula) Birchler of St. Charles, MO; and three sisters-in-law, Linda (and the late Terry) Bealmer of Mapleton, IL, Shirley (Charlie) Schulze of Longmont, CO; Betty (William) Gibson of Bartonville, IL; and their extended families as well as many cousins and their extended families and many friends.
Connie was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Doris Jean Birchler.
Connie was very talented musically and won a governor's trophy playing her accordion at the Illinois State Fair when she was a young girl. She sang in various choral groups and played flute in high school and college. She also played piano and organ at the various churches that she attended and would sometimes play piano or accordion duets with her husband playing saxophone in church or nursing homes. She also played for many, many weddings and funerals.
She enjoyed attending barbershop quartet concerts, southern gospel concerts, and band concerts and watching programs such as Lawrence Welk, The Statler Brothers, Gaither Homecoming Series, etc. She also used to enjoy doing counted cross-stitch and making outfits for the 18" American Girl Dolls. She enjoyed family gatherings and attending the various activities of her sons and grandchildren.
Connie's favorite times of the year were Easter, Thanksgiving and especially Christmas. Any time of the year was a good time to enjoy listening to Christmas music. She always looked forward to having lights on over 60 trees and also bushes and shrubs in the yard, icicle lights on the house, lights strung along the lane into the woods, illuminated candle sticks in the windows of the barn, and an illuminated nativity scene in celebration of the birth of Jesus, "The Light of the World". Sadly, they aren't there this year because Norman was kept busy caring for her.
She faithfully attended Calvary Bible Church in Lacon, IL until recently because of her declining health. She contended with Parkinson's Disease for around thirteen years and it recently became very severe. She loved God and her Savior, Jesus Christ, and will be residing in Heaven with them. If you would like to visit her sometime in the future, your admission has already been paid for by Jesus who died on the cross for your sins (we're all sinners). All you have to do is repent and confess your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and you can get your admittance to Heaven. She would be glad to see you.
Connie's family wants to express their appreciation to all the healthcare workers who helped her through the years: her family doctor, OSF St Francis Hospital, OSF INI, OSF Cardiovascular Institute, OSF Rehab, and Compassus Hospice Care. We also want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and acts of kindness.
A celebration of life will be held on July 17, 2021 at 10:30am at Calvary Bible Church north of Lacon. Friends and family may sign the on-line guest book or send condolences to the family by visiting lenzmemorialhome.com.
Memorials may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), PO Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306; Parkinson Voice Project, 646 North Coit Road, Suite 2250, Richardson, Texas 75080; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Calvary Bible Church, PO Box 93, Lacon, IL 61540-0093.