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Connie Joy (Pickering) Schoo

March 15, 2020


Constance “Connie” Joy (Pickering) Schoo, the daughter of Clive and Marvel (Jaques) Pickering, was born on March 26, 1939, in Tyler, Minnesota.  At a very young age, Connie’s family moved to Sibley, Iowa, where she was raised and educated.

      On January 22, 1959, Connie was united in marriage to Leo Schoo at Saint Andrews Catholic Church in Sibley.  In 1960, they moved to Eagle Grove and raised their six children. 

      Connie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and served on the Ladies Guild.   She also served as an EMT for the Eagle Grove Ambulance.

      She was a true Matriarch of her family and a mother to many. Connie loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had a way of making each grandchild feel like they were her favorite, ready to listen and offer gentle, loving advice. Connie enjoyed planning and having family gatherings at the 'Big White House' (as referred to by her grandchildren) and summer gatherings at Lake Shetek in Minnesota. The family will always cherish and hold in their hearts all the memories made at these two very favorite places of family gatherings.

       Connie served as the Director of Wright County Opportunities in Clarion for many years.  In 1983, she and her husband Leo opened and operated Leo’s Interiors in Eagle Grove, until their retirement in 2003.

       Connie passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Rotary Senior Living surrounded by her family at the age of 80 years.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Clive Pickering and Marvel Gruis; step-father, Hank Gruis; grandson, Clark Gregory Schoo; brother, Gary Pickering, sisters-in-law, JoAnne Pickering, Margie(Al)Youngers, brothers-in-law, Richard Wills, Clayton Goddard Lawrence Johannes, Noel Schoo ( Lavina), Charles Honkomp.

       Survivors include her husband, Leo Schoo of Eagle Grove; children: Tim Schoo (Pat) of Sibley, David Schoo (Linda) of Eagle Grove, Michelle Wilson (Jeff) of Cherokee, Kay Dicke (Darren) of Eagle Grove, Greg Schoo of Eagle Grove and Karen Kienzle (Kurt) of Eagle Grove; 19 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; siblings: Caren Wills, Denny(Diane) Pickering, Carmen Glasson, David (Maria)Pickering, and Perry(Dee) Pickering ; sisters-in-law, Darlene Goddard, Joan Johannes, Phyllis Honkomp, Rosalie (Roger)Honkomp Mari(Bob) Mulhern and Cari (Jim)Lechtenberg; brother-in-law, Leon(Arlene) Schoo and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

         Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary/Vigil service at 4:15 at Foust Funeral Home in Eagle Grove.  A Private Family Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday at Sacred Heart (Because of restrictions due to the coronavirus).  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

          Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.     

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 Service Program


March 18, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Foust Funeral Home
1115 SW 2nd Street
Eagle Grove, Iowa 50533

Private Services

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
204 South Jackson
Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Please note
16 March 2020, 1:20 PM Message from Archbishop Jackels, to the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, regarding the coronavirus After consultation and considerable prayer, it has been decided – out of an abundance of caution and with devotion to the common good – to take steps aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, to flatten the curve, as they say, so as not to overburden the healthcare system. Therefore, beginning on 19 March 2020 and until further notice, the following provisions have been taken: All public celebrations of Holy Mass are cancelled. All Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. The Chrism Mass will be celebrated, but with only the liturgical ministers present. The oils will be blessed, bottled, and distributed in some way to the parishes. During this time, the Archbishop will live stream a celebration of Holy Mass each Sunday, as well as the Chrism Mass (and the Triduum, if the situation has not changed by then), and will lead the Rosary each week on Thursday. Click here for more information about these live-streamed events. The existing schedule for Confirmation is cancelled (the Archbishop’s office will contact the parishes to reschedule). Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms may be held, but limited to the immediate family, or at least no more than 50 people present, according to the current CDC guidelines. Communal penance services should not be held. The present circumstances do not constitute the grave necessity required for use of general absolution. Private, one-on-one confession can be scheduled by appointment. All archdiocesan-sponsored events where 50+ people are gathered are cancelled. Pray to God for speedy deliverance from the evil of the coronavirus, for those who are sick or who live in fear of infection, for those who care for the sick and elderly, for those whose lives and livelihood are adversely affected by the spread of the virus, and that we might all remain calm and confident in God’s wisdom, power, and goodness. Conscious of our great need, and confident of God’s loving care, with the above intentions in mind, all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Dubuque are invited to join in a day of fast, abstinence, and prayer on Wednesday, 25 March 2020; this is voluntary, not obligatory. On that day, people ordinarily bound on Ash Wednesday to fast (only one full meal, taking less at the other meals) and abstain from meat are invited to make those same sacrifices. And as far as prayer is concerned, the Rosary is recommended as a powerful prayer, prayed alone or with others. God, come to our assistance. Lord, make haste to help us. Mary, health of the sick, pray for us. St. Raphael, patron of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and patron of healing, pray for us.
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