Constance Gretchen Armbrust passed away gracefully July 18, 2020. She was born Aug. 7, 1931, in Muskegon, Mich., to the late Gretchen (Phillips) and Thomas James.
Connie grew up and spent many of her younger years on the shores of Lake Michigan, then moving north to the Escanaba area, and then to Marinette, Wis., graduating from Marinette High School in 1948. Here she met and married the love of her life, Richard F. Armbrust, in 1951 in Menominee, Mich. Connie loved music and dancing with Dick at many area dance halls, (sometimes in the family living room!), traveling to see the mountains, was an avid reader and enjoyed difficult crossword puzzles. In younger years, she loved motorcycling with Dick. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post 1887 and was active in Menominee township politics. She worked for the U.S. postal service for almost twenty years, retiring in 1999. Connie’s first love was music and was a member of Epiphany and Holy Redeemer Church choirs where she sang or directed their choirs. Most will remember her solo rendition of “Oh Holy Night” on Christmas Eve. In later years, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much joy.
Connie is survived by 10 children: Rae Lynn Kolbas (Joe Sullivan), Lisa Ann (Dennis) Rye, Colleen Armbrust, Richard (Penny) Armbrust, Mark (Mary) Armbrust, Lori (Stephen) Patzke, Michael Armbrust, Teresa Muirheid, Patrick (Lisa) Armbrust and Robert Armbrust; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Further survived by one sister, Sandra (Myrl) Child; and one brother, Michael (Deb) Deiters; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her sister, Laura (Robert) Huffman; her parents; niece, Sara Deiters; and all of Dick’s siblings.
Visitation will take place at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Menominee on July 27, 2020, from 10 a.m., until time of a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated, for the repose of the soul of Constance G. Armbrust at 11 a.m., with Fr. Jubish Joseph presiding. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, anyone who attends is asked to wear a mask.
Special thank you to Ann Bresnahan at Washington Square in Marinette, and Sandy Carlson at Rennes Health Care East in Peshtigo along with all their devoted care givers. She really appreciated her “hot coffee!”
The Cadieu Funeral Home is assisting the family.