Connie Wilson Burse went to meet her Lord, Savior and family at the gates of heaven on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at home.
Connie was born June 19, 1951, the daughter of Howard (Bud) and Mary Jane (Weinke) Wilson. She married the love of her life, Mike Burse on December 15, 2007. Mike passed on March 12, 2015.
Connie is survived by her mother, Mary Jane Wilson; brother, Jeff (Lorrie) Wilson; children, Tom Winterbottom, Lori Freiboth, Joe Hildabrand; step-children; Valerie (Jeremy) Garrett, Daren (Rachel) Burse; grandchildren, Alissa Long, Sutten Winterbottom, Jon Robert Long, Katie Schumacher, Ashtyn Winterbottom; step grandchildren, Sam, John, and Lilie Burse, Corbin, and twins Alyson and Aubree Garrett; great grandchildren, Jaxen Gudenrath, Matty Gudenrath, Logan Howell; aunts, uncles, niece, many cousins and friends. Mullie Hildabrand, Joe’s father, has been an important supportive family friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, father, paternal and maternal grandparents, and her uncle.
Connie worked for the State of Illinois, Monticello Driver’s License Facility for 35 years. She worked with Dana Jennings for 25 years, a good and faithful friend. Connie retired in March of 2013. Connie attended White Heath and Mansfield Elementary schools, graduating from Monticello High School in 1969. Connie was a lifelong member of the Centerville United Methodist Church and was the church organist for over 40 years. Connie loved most kinds of music.
Connie and Mike enjoyed traveling, riding their Harley and watching sunsets. She was involved with her church and WINGS. She really enjoyed evening gator rides with her mom while watering flowers and checking the crops. Mornings at the breakfast table she and her mom watched the hummingbirds feed. She always enjoyed holiday dinners. Connie was always taking pictures of family, friends, and sunsets. Local and family history were always of interest to her. She rarely met a stranger. Because of Connie’s job at the driver’s facility an outing with her, according to her daughter Lori, was “like being a greeter at Walmart”. She really enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by many long-time friends.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Rowland and staff, Harbor Light Hospice Group, and Faith-in-Action for all their support and care during Connie’s battle with various cancers.
Celebration of Life services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 26, 2019 at the Centerville United Methodist with Pastor Seth Emerson officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held in Ingram Cemetery. Cremation rites were accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made the Centerville United Methodist Church.