THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mary E. Connis
Mary E. (Hutchinson) Connis, 100, of Manitowoc, formerly of Niagara, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017, surrounded by family.
Born March 3, 1917 in Montrose, Mi., to the late Eva and Charles Hutchinson, she married James Connis on March 20, 1937, in Montrose and he preceded her in death during World War II on Feb. 26, 1945.
She worked in an apple orchard where she met her husband, but during WWII was an original "Rosie the Riveter". After the war, she worked at Scramlin's Drug Store, which became Duggan's Drug Store.
After retirement, she moved to Niagara and lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Ruth Connis and helped them raise their family. In 1988, she moved in with her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Cathy and Mike Ley and spent 29 years helping them raise their family.
She enjoyed bowling, gardening, canning, reading, cards and crossword puzzles. A good cook and baker, she was known for her chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, ribbon jello, "brown" chicken & milk gravy and lamb cakes. She loved to travel and enjoyed the theater, but mostly loved children and dogs.
She is survived by a son, Chuck Connis (Sandy Raymond) of Niagara/ Kingsford; a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Connis of Atlanta, Mi.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; special cousins and their families, Kathleen Hitchcock, Bud Volz, Don and Ruth Volz, Dorothy Fent and Chuck and Ruth Fent and also Rita and Bill Bond (Dave, Angela, Tyler and Jace); the Hi-Lo Gang; Pat Ley and Jane and John Gutschow.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by her husband, James; a son, Jimmie Connis and a daughter-in-law, Ruth Connis.
Visitation was held Tuesday, July 25 at Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel from 4 p.m. until time of a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. Burial was in Niagara Cemetery.