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Sep 3, 2013 - Staff
Longtime Riverton resident Grace Connell died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Westward Heights Care Center where she had lived for more than eight years. She was 95 years old.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 419 E. Park Ave., Riverton, with a viewing before the services at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Vernon Boehlke will officiate, and burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Grace Esther Richter was born April 30, 1918, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of George and Amanda (Kleinsmith) Richter. She attended a one-room school in Smith Coulee, Logan High School in La Crosse, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She then taught in rural schools in the area and later in Middleton, Wis.
She married Rolland Connell on Dec. 21, 1941. After his service in the Army, the couple lived in Middleton, Lodi and Beloit, all in Wisconsin. They then lived in Greeley, Colo., before moving to Riverton in 1957.
She was active in and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Her love of music led her to learn to play the organ, which she then helped all four of her children learn and play in church. She also was instrumental in developing the bell choir at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Her family said she collected dolls and bells, was involved in 4-H as a parent and a leader, and was a substitute, teaching in the Riverton schools. Her love of poetry was apparent in the many poems, including many of the classics, that she memorized and recited throughout her life. Her family said she loved flowers, roses being her favorite, and had pretty gardens.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Stanley) Bryant of Riverton, Beth Connell of Riverton, and Dawn (David) Hoffman of Lovell; grandchildren Kristi (Daryne) Fegler, Rob (Kim) Bryant, Spencer Connell, Elizabeth (Derek) Schumacher, Jack (Sabra) Hoffman, Abigail (Zach) Moody and Thomas Hoffman; and great-grandchildren Macey, Camey, Tye and McAye Fegler, Braxton Bryant, JD Schumacher, Wesley, Evan and Erik Hoffman, and Olivia and Maximus Moody.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rolland, and her son, Todd Connell.
Memorials may be made to Westward Heights Activities Department in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.