MARQUETTE, MI. - Constance Lincke, age 79, of 410 E. Ohio Street, Marquette, entered eternal life, Thursday evening, August 16.
Preceded in death by parents Ralston and Gladys Sprague; sisters Nancy Morgan and Esther Sprague and granddaughter Cheryl Hughes.
Survived by husband of 54 years, Eric and children Eric Jr. (Robin) Lincke, Keith (Rhowie) Lincke, Yvonne (Steve) Hughes and Lorelei (Robert) Meyer and ten grandchildren.
Connie was born in Wellsboro, PA in 1932 in an agricultural setting. Her family moved to Essex Co., New Jersey when she was eight years old where she continued her education, completing her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing in 1954 from Bloomsberg College in New Jersey. She then took a job at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY as a staff medical nurse. Part-time she pursued her Master of Arts in Elementary Education at the University of Rochester, completing this in 1956. She met Eric as a medical student at Strong Memorial Hospital in 1955 and the relationship led to marriage in January of 1958. Until 1964, she supported Eric through his surgical residency and his career as a military surgeon in the Navy which brought them to Washington State. After discharge from the Navy, Eric and Connie commenced practice in Marquette, Michigan. At this time, four children completed the family.
During her years in Marquette, Connie was active with the Women's Auxiliary, led the Audubon Society as its president and was very active in church activities. She also served many years as a broadcaster at the Christian Radio Station WHWL.
Her many hobbies included reading, traveling, square dancing, sewing and clock and watch restoration. This activity, the couple shared after Eric's retirement and they built a small business, active to the present day. Connie had a strong passion for history and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in History at NMU in 1998. Connie's strong faith in the Lord was her guiding force in life.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 22, beginning at 10:00 am at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home, 926 N. Third Street, Marquette, Michigan 49855, service following at 11:00 am. Rev. Steve Hulke officiating. Private burial following service. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Connie may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1700 West Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com.