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12/26/2012 8:00:00 AM
Connie J. Mikesell
Dec. 11, 1944 - Dec. 22, 2012
Connie J. Mikesell
Connie J. Mikesell

Mrs. Connie Jean Mikesell, 68, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away

on Dec. 22, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice House of Fort Wayne.

Connie Jean Henderson was born on Dec. 11, 1944, in Fulton County, the precious daughter of Clarence "Boyd" and Bernice May Baldwin Henderson. Growing up in the Burton neighborhood, she shared her childhood with two sisters, Marilyn and Shirley, and two brothers, Everett and Jerry.

With great pride, Connie graduated with the class of 1962 from Rochester High School.

On Sept. 8, 1962, Connie married her best friend and high school sweetheart, Larry Mikesell. Their 50-year union produced a beautiful daughter, Melissa, and a handsome son, Darrin. Later, five wonderful grandchildren were added to the family tree.

While living in Fort Wayne for 32 years, Connie taught at the Learning Tree and the Crescent Avenue preschools. She was passionate about teaching and the learning of her young students.

She was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Fort Wayne. After Larry retired, they returned to their cottage situated on the east shore of Lake Manitou. She enjoyed observing the lake activities, regardless of time of day or the season. The sunsets were phenomenal and observing wildlife and their habits were very entertaining.

A lifelong reader, Connie especially enjoyed Christian inspirational books. As the matriarch of three generations of the Mikesell clan, Connie adored her grandchildren. She listened intently when they visited, telling her stories of their daily adventures. Of course Grandma was interested in every detail, as she lived their lives right along with them.

Connie is lovingly remembered by her husband, Larry; one daughter, Melissa Owsley, of Selma; and her children, Dayton, Donica, and Donovan; one son, Darrin Mikesell and wife Kyong, of Fort Wayne; and their children, Sunni and Skyler; two sisters, Marilyn Varnadore and husband Joe, of North Beach, Md., and Shirley Farrell Estep, of Charleston, W. Va.; and two brothers, Everett Henderson and companion Sharon Miller, of Akron, and Jerry Henderson and wife Beverly, of Denver, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A celebration of the life of Mrs. Connie Jean Henderson Mikesell will be at 10 a.m. on Dec. 27, at the Good Family Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Rochester.

Friends may visit with her family from 4-8 p.m. today and an hour prior to her services on Thursday.

She will be laid to eternal rest at Rochester's IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may sign her guestbook or light a candle to honor her memory at

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