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December 24, 2012

HIGGS: Everyone loved 'Aunt Connie'

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Niagara Gazette — We always supported the auxiliary events and I missed her at the Holiday Luncheon this year during her illness. She was a regular “rocker” at the annual Auxiliary Rock-A-Thon in April and had many friends through this organization.

During 2006 while I was at my son’s in Maryland, my water lines froze and it was raining on my dining room table. Connie came to the rescue and offered her spare room to me as I had to vacate the premises. Following permission from my insurance carrier, I rented her remaining vacant apartment next door and we spent a lot of time together. She was working at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at the time and she would take me along to dinner at Father Duane’s when she was invited. He makes the best pizza. When I moved back home in June, we would still eat together at her house or mine or we would go out on Friday nights for “you know what.”

Although Connie was a widow and had no children of her own, she was very close to her immediate family and various nieces and nephews were always in her life. She included me in her families’ holiday feasts and I was also included to watch the Fourth of July fireworks at her nephew’s mother-in-law’s great viewing spot on Buffalo Avenue. We usually caught up with current events in early morning telephone conversations about neighborhood problems, coming events and other gossip.

Her life was as busy as mine and we became involved in many of the same organizations like the Friends of the Local History Department where we met Pete Ames and Larry Steele. She followed them and joined the Board of Directors at Oakwood Cemetery where many improvements have been made under their watch.

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