Mom, Grama, Great Grama, Great-Great Grama, Aunt Connie, passed away peacefully in Boise Friday, April 30, 2021 at the age of 93 years.
Born 1928 and raised in Mapleton, Minnesota she lived there with her parents Richard and Neva Shuck and 11 brothers and sisters. She would leave her family in Minnesota to join an Aunt and Uncle in Idaho in 1946. She met Donald Wayne Lantz and was married in Nampa, 1948. They had five children: Vicki, Stan, Pat, Kelly, and Russ. Don was killed in a highway accident in 1956 and she would continue to raise their five children by herself.
She was a loving Grama to 9, Great Grama to 20 and Great-Great Grama to 1. She was an Aunt and Great Aunt to numerous nieces and nephews who enjoyed her Minnesota visits.
Our Grama was busy, raising her kids and getting the most out of life whether on her bowling league, playing cards, quilting or fun trips to Jackpot!
She worked for Gran De Oil for many years and after retiring moved up to the mountain town of Lowman, Idaho. She lived there for over 30 years. She had good friends and neighbors she could call on when needed and enjoyed being a part of that small community. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends when they could come up for a visit. Drives in the mountains with Grama or trips over to the fishing ponds were always enjoyed. We could always look forward to a roast dinner and when we were old enough the drink of choice at Grama’s was Vodka and Squirt.
Grama enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play various sports or play an instrument in a band or act in a theater production. She travelled to visit family often and was an avid quilter with her sisters.
She led by example. There was never a job too large or too small that she would not tackle-and boy did she tackle some jobs in the mountains! She and her property made it through various forest fires and drought conditions, and she was a particularly good gardener and rock collector. (a common trait in our family today)
Grama was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. We will miss her every day.
Carol Palmer Reed saysMay 8, 2021 at 9:54 am
I am so sad for your loss. My mother, Janice Palmer, and Connie were best friends for many, many years. Whether bowling, traveling, quilting, partying..they did everything together. Mom and Connie are together again and I’m sure they are giggling and up to some heavenly shenanigans.