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Remembering Connie:

Connie (Koffron) May, 82, of Marion, Iowa passed away Wednesday, October 9, at St Luke’s Hospice Center from complications of lupus.

Connie was born September 5, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and attended Mt Mercy High School and Kirkwood Community College.  She married Bob May in 1959.  Connie attended Aquinas Institute and received her Masters of Divinity.  She completed a one year internship at the University of Iowa and served as Pastoral Associate at St Edwards Catholic Church in Waterloo.  She was a certified Catholic Chaplin.  Connie was instrumental in creating Cedar Valley Hospice and served as Hospice Chaplin for 20 years.  Connie was a founding member of the Associates of The Iowa Cistercians.  She also proudly founded the non profit organization, The Growing Edge.

Connie was proceeded in death by her parents, Marvin and Esther Koffron and two brothers, Arthur and Oliver Koffron.

Connie is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bob May; four sons, George (Barb) May of Marion, Eric (Brenda) May of Cedar Rapids, Brian (Sarah) May of North Liberty and Carmichael Peters of Trinidad.  She had twelve grandchildren; Rachel (Ben), Bekah (Ryan), Hannah, Leah, Avalon, Bethany, Jameelah, Jessica (Josh), Benjamin, Michael (Rylee), Zach (Emma) and William (fiancée Kelsey) and five great grandchildren, Jackson, Jacob, Lydia, Madelyn and Jaden.  Connie is also survived by five brothers, Paul (Pat), Donnie, Louie (Sandy), Joe (RoseMary), Soul, and one sister, Elizabeth (Tom).

A Memorial Service and Mass was held at the church across from New Melleray Monastery  in Peosta on December 20th.

In lieu of flowers and in order to continue her ministry, donations can be made to Connie’s non profit organization.

Throughout her life, Connie helped so many people navigate their journey in life and dignity in death.  She was looking forward to the welcoming she would receive by those who have already been promoted and are attending the party!



READING MATERIALS  FOR THE WEEK:   Use this to view or print off the study materials for the coming week. 

As we honor Connie’s ministry, join us for Scripture Study as we connect our own lives with the Word and each other.

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These prayer sheets are being used to open committee meetings in churches and the discussion questions are being posted in bulletins. This enables faith communities using either the Roman or Revised Common lectionaries to pray together more fully, while preparing worshipers to receive.


Prayer Sheets for weeks of

Dec. 23rd       Matthew 2:13-23

Dec. 30th       Matthew 2:1-12

Jan. 6th           Matthew 3:13-17

Jan. 13th         John 1:29-34

Jan. 20th         Matthew 4:12-23