|Constance E. (Godleski) Farvour|
After an extended illness, Connie Farvour, age 94, left this earthly life on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, to join her Heavenly Father, and many family members and dear friends who went on before her.
Connie was born on Aug. 4, 1918, in the small town of Gagen, Wis., and grew up in that area with her parents and five siblings.She loved going to school in the little one-room schoolhouse where she graduated from eighth grade with honors. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend high school as there was no bus service or other transportation, so she chose not to “walk 20+ miles to school through deep snow and below-zero weather”!
She continued living with her parents, helping with the younger children and chores around the farm. She worked at the Starks potato farms in the fall picking potatoes, as did many other women in those days.
Later she found a job at the then called Rasmussen Butternut Lake Lodge in Three Lakes, as a waitress. There she met her future husband, George Godleski Jr., who also worked there as a fishing guide.
They were married on June 1, 1937, and eventually had four children. Since there was no TV or other electronic devices to distract them, they spent a lot of time visiting family and friends, playing cards, going to polka dances, fishing, picnicking, singing and telling jokes around the campfires, especially with family at Lone Stone Lake.
They lived in the Three Lakes area most of their married life except for during World War II when they moved to Sturgeon Bay to work on ships at the Peterson Shipyard.
After a few years, they moved back to Three Lakes and also lived some years in Milwaukee and Rhinelander.
George passed away in 1979, after a short illness.
Connie also worked as a cook and enjoyed working for the Soder family, who lovingly called her “Hazel” after the TV series.
She also was on a bowling team and had great times with a number of her special Three Lakes friends until she was in her 70s.
After being a widow for six years, Connie found a new love, Ben Farvour. She and Ben were happily married for 20 years until Ben passed away in 2005.
They enjoyed special times with family, going out to dinner, dancing and fishing the lakes around the Northwoods.
Connie was a happy person who loved people, good times, good food, never complained much and big hugs were always available.
She was a member of the American Federation of Women’s Clubs in her younger years and later the American Legion Auxiliary of Three Lakes, serving as secretary and treasurer. She loved wearing her uniform for special celebrations, and especially enjoyed marching or riding in parades.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Louis Sr. and Annette (Nettie) Anderson; infant twin brothers and two other brothers, John G. Anderson and Louis Anderson Jr.; one sister, Margie Dziewontokoski; one son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Barbara Godleski, and their son, Scott Godleski; first husband, George S. Godleski Jr.; and second husband, Ben Farvour.
She is survived by two daughters, Joanne (Bernie) Dart of Rhinelander, and Dianna (Chris) Blicharz of Three Lakes; one son, Gary Godleski, of Milwaukee; a sister, Eleanor (Toots) Paremski of La Crosse; a brother, Robert (Gloria) of West Allis; a sister-in-law, Betty Anderson, of Mosinee; and brother-in-law, Eugene Dziewontokoski of Fence, Wis.; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Surviving also are grandchildren/great-grandchildren, Jill (Andy) Enger and their daughter, Hailey; Julie (Curt) Krouze and their children, Amanda (Rod) Olson and their sons, Grant, Carter, Benjamin and Cameron; Emily (Nick) Dornseif and their daughter, Sydney; Loren (Adam) Jerzak and son, Jack; Derek, Anna and Adrian Krouze; David Dart and his children, Alex and Scarlett, Samantha and Rylan, Jenna and Ryan; John (Laurie) Dart and Brittney and Nicki; Daniel (Jennifer) Dart, Jayden and Andrew.
Funeral services for Connie will be at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River, Wis., on Saturday, March 9, beginning with visitation at 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Norman Peterson presiding.
Connie was a current member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rhinelander.
|Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:58 PM|