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PFLANZ, Constance May

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.

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  1. Myriam de'Castiglioni :

    I will always remember Connie during her London time. The lovely evenings with bridge and dinner and how hard she tried to get me to play tennis.
    My deep condolences to Ben and all the family.
    Myriam

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  2. Mark and Margaret Elliott in London :

    We were so sorry to learn of and follow Connie’s cruel illness, and hope that the knowledge she is no longer suffering will ease the grief Ben and her family are suffering.

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  3. Maurice yacowar :

    Anne and I send you our warmest condolences. We all share your loss.

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  4. Martha Nixon :

    Dear Ben,

    I am sorry to learn of Connie’s death, and the illness that you have all lived through and offered such huge support for. The obituary you wrote is truly lovely and makes me sad that I never got to spend time with Connie although I recall your conversations were always full of wonderful references to her. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and I know your friends will offer lots of support in the time ahead.

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  5. Rita and Bob Romano :

    Dear Ben and family,
    We are so saddened today to hear of the dreadful loss of Connie.A dear friend who we will miss always.
    Will never forget our great and competitive tennis and bridge games even though we always seemed to lose.
    Much love,
    Bob and Rita

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  6. Ben please accept my condolences to you and your family.
    When people have been married as long and shared as much as you and Connie have it must be very difficult for them to draw exact boundaries where one ends and the other begins no matter how strong and distinct the two personalities may be. Obviously you have lost more than just your wife and partner, you have lost part of yourself. I trust you will find support and solace from your family, friends and God’s grace.
    Again my condolences.
    Ian Thomson

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  7. Anne Primeau :

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Ben. You and Connie were always enjoyed at the bridge club and we have missed you. Hope that one day you will return. Anne Primeau

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  8. Jean-Paul Delisle :

    Dear Ben,
    I was saddened to hear, from Immigration colleagues here in Ottawa, of the passing of the your wife Connie. May I offer you my hearfelt condolences for your loss. May I also wish you courage in these most difficult moments.
    Fond regards,
    Jean-Paul Delisle

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  9. Caroline Melis :

    Ben and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of Connie. She was such an inspiration to so many, everywhere she went. I still recall the very warm welcome she extended to me on my arrival in Manila and many wonderful conversations over the years as occasionally our paths crossed on postings, travels or temporarily in Ottawa. I will always remember her smile and kindness. Big hugs to all of you.
    Caroline Melis, Ottawa

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  10. John MacDonald :

    I just wish to submit my sincere condolences to Ben and his family on learning about this very sad loss. I remember fondly my tennis matches with Connie and Ben in Colombo, and the many functions that Connie had very graciously co-hosted while I was posted to the Canadian High Commission. I will always remember Connie’s joyfulness and love of life. There is much to celebrate in remembering her life.

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  11. Joe and Lorraine Zinni :

    Dear Ben,
    Joe and I were so sorry to hear the sad news about Connie. I have such fond memories of Connie and will always be so thankful to her for introducing me to the world of exercise!
    Our very deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Joe and Lorraine

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  12. Carol and Allan Stolz :

    We wish to send our condolences to you Ben and also to all of your family. Although we didn’t know Connie well, we knew she was a very special person. When Al was first diagnosed with PD, Connie was so kind and caring despite all the challenges that she was facing. She was so very brave and courageous in dealing with her progressive disease and we will always remember that. The saying that “wherever a beautiful soul has lived, there will be beautiful memories” certainly applies to Connie. May those memories bring comfort to you
    in the days that lie ahead.
    Carol and Al.

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  13. Kurt Jensen :

    Dear Ben and family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss at this difficult time. I often recall the year or so that we worked together in ‘policy’
    Kurt Jensen

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  14. Ron & Sue Flanagan :

    Ben & family,
    Words cannot begin to express our sadness on the loss of your beloved Connie. She was a gifted athlete always willing to pass on her skills to others, especially to children. She served Canada along side you for many years as an Ambassadors spouse, humble and considerate but truly an Ambassador in her own right.
    We have many fond memories of her at home and abroad and we will always hold them dearly.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
    Ron & Sue Flanagan
    Vancouver Island

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  15. Dear Ben,

    My most sincere condolences on the death of your wife, Connie. I am sure you and your family will miss her very much.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Sincerely,
    John Noble

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  16. Jennifer Flangan :

    Dear Ben and Family (my dear friend Em)
    Very sad news to hear of the loss of Connie. My dearest condolences on your loss, Connie will always be remembered as a great woman, mother, wife and friend. A motivator always encouraging people to keep going. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

    Sincerely,
    Jennifer Flangan (Costa Rica)

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  17. Hercule Raymond :

    Toutes mes sympathies et mes amitiés

    Hercule

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  18. Therese & Bruce Roberts :

    I’ve had the pleasure to do some great hikes with Connie. She actually helped me out tremendously, when I fell ill, she took half of my pack and carried it for the next couple of days. What a wonderful thing to do. I’ll miss her very much.

    Ben, both Bruce and I are deeply sorry for your loss.
    Bon Courage. Therese & Bruce

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  19. Catherine & Hugh Miller :

    Dear Ben and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have such wonderful memories of our time with Connie and Ben, both in London and Canada, around the bridge table. I wonder how many decks of cards Connie shuffled and dealt in her lifetime!
    Our sympathy,
    Catherine & Hugh Miller

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  20. Fahad Danaee :

    Dear Ben,
    We are so sorry to learn of the dreadful loss of Connie. She was a great lady and we will miss her so much. I hope you and family could cope with these great loss.
    Fay and Farhad Danaee

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  21. Ben – So sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. She was always a delight as a bridge opponent; friendly and skilled. She will be missed.

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  22. Stephen Heeney :

    Dear Ben and family, I was so very sorry to learn of your loss of Connie. She was such a fine and vibrant person. My fondest wishes are with you all at this time.
    Yours sincerely,
    Stephen Heeney

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  23. Linda Hallgren :

    Dear Ben, just heard about Connie’s passing from Tom. Please accept my sincerest condolences at this most difficult time. I hope that all your special, precious and happy memories will help you in this time of sorrow. I will always remember our trip to Fernie playing bridge, and the very unique boards that she made up for bridge when I played at Tom’s. Connie was a very “special” lady.
    Linda Hallgren

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  24. Susan and Gord McLure :

    Dear Ben and family,
    Our hearts go out to you in your loss of Connie– a vibrant, warm and wonderful woman and a fine bridge player. We were lucky to know her and always loved meeting her at the bridge table.
    Sincerely, Susan and Gord

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  25. Nicky and Vic Lotto :

    Dear Ben, we are so sorry to learn of Connie’s passing. We have many, many memories of our times together in Milan, Ottawa and also that fabulous stay in your London place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family at this sad time.
    Nicky, Vic and the boys

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  26. Alan Cairnie :

    Dear Ben,
    I remember you well from our French Language course in Ottawa in 1976, but I never met Connie. She must have been a terrific lady and you will miss her deeply.
    Do you remember drinking sherry in our home near the school? I was the biologist with crazy stories about mice.
    every blessing to you,
    Alan Cairnie
    Brockville, Ontario

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  27. Najeena Hameed :

    Mr. Pflanz & family,

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

    Najeena Hameed
    Colombo, Sri Lanka

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  28. Lucy Miller :

    Ben and Family, Very sad to hear Connie has left us, a wonderful person , so full of caring and sincere feelings towards all, is how I remember her.
    My sincere condolences.
    Lucy Miller

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  29. Ineke Boudewijn :

    Dear Ben, Tom, Em, Chuck, Walter, Simon and families: My grief is only relieved by knowing that Connie no longer suffers. My sincere condolences to all of you as we face life without Connie in our midst. Her courage and efforts to cope these last months of her life are an example to us all. Ben’s devotion and dedication to her well being was compassionate and a huge testament to the love that they shared. Love, Ineke

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  30. Janet Foster :

    Dear Ben and Family; I send my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your Dear Connie. I am remembering our good times as neighbours on Linton Rd. and your kindness to Peggy when she stayed with you in London.

    Warm Regards,
    Janet Foster

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  31. Laurence & Andi Gray :

    Dear Ben. It was a shock to read, by chance, of Connie’s passing in the Ottawa Citizen. I remember so many hikes with her and with Tom during our Youth Hostel days in the Rockies and also of washing her hair on the eve of your wedding as she prepared to walk down the aisle with a cast on her arm. She was a kind and gentle soul, calm, unfailingly good humoured, energetic, and determined. You shared so many postings and adventures together I can only send my deepest sympathy to you and your loving family at this sad time. Andi

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  32. Joan Mackasey :

    Dear Ben: Connie was such a lovely person and so much fun to play bridge with. Regardless of her ill health Connie was always willing and happy at the bridge table. We miss her.
    Sincerely, Joan Mackasey

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  33. Dear Ben and Family

    I am sorry to learn the loss of Connie. I will always
    remember the badminton sessions we had in Sri Lanka. She always have the smile and ever so active.
    My sincere condolences.
    Mee Wan

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  34. Dear Ben and family: I found out yesterday that Connie had passed away. I am so glad I got to visit with her and see her laugh. I admired Connie for her quiet and peaceful ways. I am very happy that she was in my life and I know Marv really liked her also(gave him a challenge). Love Gail Hill

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  35. Gordon and Kazuko Longmuir :

    Dear Ben and family

    You have been in our thoughts since we heard of Connie’s passing. It has been so many years, and yet we have such great memories of our time with your family in Seoul and later when we visited in Colombo. We shall miss Connie greatly.

    With our deepest condolences
    Gordon and Kazuko

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  36. Rosalyn Martin :

    Dear Ben & family,

    I have been away – I am so sorry to hear of Connie’s death. I will always remember her as such a special person with a cheerful and positive outlook especially when Rosalyn put her in an impossible bridge contract!
    Ben- your devotion to Connie was so evident and a consolation to you at this time. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Connie and I always finished our e-mails with “Hugs’- the same to you.
    Rosalyn

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  37. Maire purhonen :

    Dear Ben and family,
    I will always remember Connie, my dear sports’ company during your stay in Nairobi. We played tennis, jogged, made gym and many other things together. I visited you in Sri Lanka and in London with Osmo, and you Ben with Connie visited us in Finland. I’ve so many lovely memories about dear Connie. We planned to walk the route of Santiago de Compostela but Connie…
    Ben, our sincere conlolences,

    Maire & Osmo

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  38. Frank White :

    Dear Ben and family,

    Please accept my condolences for your loss. I hope Connie was not in pain and went peacefully. I have fond memories of you all.

    My thoughts are with you.
    Frank

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  39. Sandra Vandenhoff :

    My heart goes out to Ben and the rest of the family. We are thinking of you lots. I will remember her as a true gem. Always thoughtful and adventurous. I count myself lucky to have known her.

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  40. Willa & Don Dumka :

    Dear Ben & family,

    Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Connie. We will miss her. She was such an accomplished lady, and a wonderful bridge player. I remember playing teams with the two of you in Great Falls, Montana when Connie told me she loved picking up and looking at each bridge hand with the anticipation of Christmas morning.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, Willa & Don Dumka

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  41. Willa & Don Dumka :

    Dear Ben & Family,

    Our condolences on the passing of your wonderful Connie. She was such an accomplished lady and a wonderful bridge player. I remember playing teams with the two of you in Great Falls, Montana when Connie told me that every hand she picked up and looked at in bridge was like the anticipation on Christmas morning. That is how I shall remember her.

    Sincerely, Willa & Don Dumka

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