Connie R Baedke, 76 of Scottsdale, Ariz., passed away on July 16, 2020 at Mimosa Springs in Scottsdale.
Celebration of her life was held at Thursday, July 23, at Red Mountain Funeral Home, with Scott Brown of New Valley Church officiating. Burial followed at city of Mesa Cemetery.
Connie was a leap year day baby born in Winner, SD to Stuart and Eva Hossle on Feb. 29, 1944. She lived on a farm in Hamill, SD during her childhood with her parents and younger sister Pat.
She attended the little country school that was close to their home. She went to high school in Winner where she met Eugene Barnes and they married on June 14, 1959. They had 3 children, Mike, Todd and Candy. In 1978 they moved to Chandler, AZ as Connie decided that winters were not her cup of tea.
Her talents led her into restaurant management, furniture sales, bookkeeping and her final and most enjoyed job was providing childcare for many of her grandchildren, neighborhood children and children of her friends.
On Dec. 23, 1989, she married Larry Baedke and was blessed with 2 stepsons, Sean and Jason.
In April 2016 Connie suffered a brain aneurysm that affected her short-term memory and caused the decline of her life. Prior to the brain aneurysm, Connie had unending energy.
Her creativity included interior decorating, tole and ceramic painting and cross-stitching to name just a few. She also enjoyed reading and was a level 4 Sudoku player.
Connie is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and several aunts, uncles, cousins and her nephew.
Connie is survived by her husband, her 5 children and their spouses, her sister, along with 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and another on the way.
Red Mountain Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ was in charge of arrangements.