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.
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