Mrs. Constance “Connie” Sarah Koester née Eldridge beloved wife of Ted of Eston, died peacefully at Eston Integrated Healthcare Facility surrounded by her family on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the age of 86.
Connie leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband “Ted” Theodore; her children Sharon (Lynn) Nash and family Brad (Jocelyn) Nash, Landyn and Keegan, Rickie Nash, Everett and Declan, Dwayne (Candace) Nash, Carrington, Mitchell (Amber Haug) Nash and daughter Aaliyah Haug, Brittany (Brad) Nessel, Xander and Paxton; Carole (Blyth) Stevenson and family Abby (Nathan) Bennett, Eddie and Frankie, Kelly (Derrick) Knight, Emerson, William and Maggie, Casey (Derek) Christiaens, Stevie, Hannah and Boston; Nancy (Brent) Oliphant and daughter Sheena Oliphant; Adell Gurski and family Laura (James) Kerr and Kyle (Chelsea Oliphant) Gurski; Aaron (Vera) Koester and family Clinton Hartman, Keith (Janelle Weisgerber) Hartman and Alden Koester; Jill (Barry) Stevenson and family Mandy (Max Field) Koester, Louie and Joe, Sam Stevenson, Caleb Stevenson and Noah Stevenson; June (Ben) Pederson and family Davin (Tarren) Pederson, Aden and Kenna, Dylan Pederson and Kaylie Pederson; Paula (Tony) Livella and family Gabriel Livella and Sophia Livella; Mary (Scott) Cochlan and family Kade Cochlan and Jordyn Cochlan; Lori (Jason) Lappa and family Jade Lappa and Sage Lappa. She is also survived by her sister Florence Cross and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three sons David, Hal and Lawrence; a grandson Gavin Oliphant; her dad Harold Eldridge; mother Delia Mirasty; step-father Andrew Anderson; and two brothers Gordon Eldridge and Glen Eldridge.
Her journey began January 31, 1931 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Connie grew up at Dore Lake and came to Eston in 1952 to help her cousins, Jack and Pat Shea, look after their two little boys. And she never left. She married Ted, her life partner, in 1955 and they quickly began to build a family legacy that started with 13 children and now spans to 80, including 27 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Connie loved nurturing all things living from her family to her garden and loved unconditionally. She was always welcoming and had an amazing ability to provide what was needed in that moment in time. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit second to none. Connie enjoyed her early morning coffee in her chair by the window watching the birds and preparing for the day ahead.
Vigil of Prayer was held on Thursday, August 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m., both at Eston Sacred Heart Parish with Reverend Father Denis Phaneuf celebrant. The Rite of Committal to follow at Eston Cemetery. Donations in memory of Connie may be made to the Eston Riverside Regional Park, P.O. Box 883, Eston, Sask. S0L 1A0.