Connie Kuecker - October 14, 2009
Connie Kuecker passed away at the Chase County Community Hospital on Oct. 14, 2009, at the age of 76.
Connie was born at the family home located south of Enders, Neb., on May 22, 1933, to William H. ‘Bill’ and Agnes ‘Peggy’ (Walling) Haarberg.
She was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Enders on June 6, 1933, and confirmed at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta on Aug. 25, 1946.
Connie grew up south of Wauneta and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1949. She graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Neb., with a teacher’s certificate in 1952. She then taught elementary school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Whittemore, Iowa, for three years.
Connie married Kermit Kuecker of Algona, Iowa, on June 27, 1954, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta. Two sons, who died at birth, were born in 1955 and 1956. Their births were followed by that of five daughters: Kathleen, Carol, Rebecca, Marcia and Jacquelyn.
The Kueckers farmed near Algona, Iowa, before moving to Columbus, Neb., in 1966, and then Schuyler, Neb., in 1967. While in Schuyler, she enjoyed leading 4-H groups and teaching many children to play the piano. The family moved to Imperial in 1974.
Connie was active in the Lutheran Church where, as a young adult, she served as a church organist and then for many years as a Sunday school teacher, both at Trinity Lutheran in Schuyler and Zion Lutheran in Imperial. She also served as church secretary at Zion Lutheran for nearly 20 years and was active with the Willing Workers and Lutheran Laymens League.
She enjoyed books all her life, recording the history of the Haarbergs and the Wallings, and taking and collecting many snapshots of her family, a review of which served as a joyous past time at the Manor.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Bill and Peggy Haarberg and two infant sons.
Survivors include her husband, Kermit; her daughters: Kathleen Asay of Rochester, Minn., Carol Kuecker of Phoenix, Ariz., Rebecca and her husband, Jim Bish, of Manassas, Va., Marcia and her husband, Mike Hunter, of Des Moines, Iowa and Jacquelyn and her husband, Ray Bailey, of Chicago, Ill. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Lauren, Jared, Matthew and Nicholas Asay, Aaron and Hannah Bish and Leah Hunter, as well as two brothers, Eugene Haarberg and his wife, Kay, of Imperial and Lorris Haarberg and his wife, Ruth, of Arapahoe and one sister, Marilyn and her husband, Paul Baldonado, of Fort Scott, Kan.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial with Pastor David Kahle officiating.
Casketbearers were Jared Asay, Matthew Asay, Nicholas Asay, Aaron Bish, Dirk Haarberg and Wayne Haarberg.
Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.