February 14, 1944 – Regina, SK
June 13, 2013 – Cochrane, AB
Our beloved Connie passed away peacefully, at home, on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the age of 69 years.
Connie was born in Regina, started school in Calgary and graduated with a degree in Maths from U of C where she met Ben. They shared a long and rewarding career in the Canadian Foreign Service with assignments in Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and the UK, with stints in Ottawa in between. Connie made many good friends for herself and for Canada with her cheerful, always kind and helpful personality. She was a special, beautiful human being who will be missed by friends at home and abroad. From early days as a Youth Hosteller, Connie loved the mountains: hiking, climbing and skiing. In warmer climes she took up tennis and long-distance running, winning the Third World Marathon in Manila in 1984 in 3:16. In England Connie took up rambling and long-distance walking. Attending chamber music concerts at Wigmore Hall was another favourite London pastime. But card games, especially cribbage and bridge, were a special passion that she was able to enjoy to her final days.
She leaves behind grieving husband Ben; children Charles of Shanghai, China, Simon (Gina) of Mountain, ON, Walter of Ottawa, ON, Emily (Pej) of Oxted, England; grandchildren Evan, Carmen, Raymond, Olivia and Lauren; brother Tom Wilcock (Val Hudson) and niece Charlene Wilcock. She was predeceased by son Peter.
There will be no memorial service. Relatives and friends may celebrate Connie’s life in their own way. Condolence may be forward to www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Donations in the memory of Connie may be made to the Cochrane Humane Society at (403) 932-2072 or cochranehuman.ca. Connie courageously faced and continuously adapted to the neurodegenerative disease that all too quickly led to her passing. Ben and the children are highly appreciative of the wonderful help and comfort Connie received from the Home Care team in Cochrane. They gave such loving care that it felt as though they were family. Many thanks also to the ADSP teams at the Bethany in Cochrane and Wentworth in Calgary, to Dr. Scott Kraft and the Movement Disorder Clinic staff at the Foothills Hospital, to the ACETS team at the Children’s Hospital, and to Dr. Smuts and the palliative care team from Cochrane and Calgary who helped us keep Connie at home, as she wished.
In living memory of Connie Pflanz, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.Print This Obituary & Condolences