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Connie Tice
Connie Tice

 

Connie Tice

Aug 13, 1944 - Apr 18, 2017

Constance “Connie” Marie Lane Tice, 72, of Great Falls, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, with family at her bedside. 

A vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. A funeral liturgy will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Connie was born and raised on the Westside of Great Falls and was raised by her grandmother, Margaret “Mom” Galvin, after her parents divorced. The saying that “it takes a village to raise a child” was never more accurate. Being from a large Irish Catholic family, there was never a shortage of cousins, aunts and uncles to play with and rely on. After her Mother Audrey married John Cefro, she gained a father and two little sisters. She attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1962. She met her future husband, Harvey Charles “Chuck” Tice while he was serving in the Air Force at Malmstrom Air Force Base. They were married on April 4, 1964 at St. Joseph Parish. Connie and Chuck welcomed twin boys, Tracy and Kelly and 2 years later a daughter Pennee. Connie worked numerous jobs such as desk clerk at the Park Hotel, PBX operator at the old Columbus Hospital, Columbia Paint and lastly at Poulsen’s. She really loved her job at Poulsen’s and customers specifically asked for her or would wait in line until she was able to help them. Lifelong friendships were made. In April 1980, Connie and Chuck tragically lost one of their twin boys, Kelley. Their lives were never the same. About 15 years ago, Connie was contacted by her half-brother, Paul Leetz, whom she welcomed into her life with open arms. Paul and Connie have the same father, Shon Lane. 

Connie so loved her children and their expanding families although distance sometimes made it hard to be as close as she would have liked. She enjoyed traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas family dinners and get togethers first at her mother’s home and then at her sister, Cheryl’s home after Audrey passed away. We would like to thank our cousin Colleen Galvin Holzheimer for her extended care of Connie the last several years. Colleen truly made a difference in Connie’s life. Also, our cousin Audrey Sabol spent some of Connie’s last hours with her and her family at Hospice, we are so grateful to you, thank you!

Connie is survived by her two children, Tracy (Judy) Tice and Pennee Tice Thompson; grandchildren Meagan Loney Keller and her fiancé Jeff Stover, Octavia ( Kyle) Tice Brewer, Logan Tice, Leah Thompson, and Jackson Thompson; great grandchild Avery Stover; sisters Shelley Cefro (Ken)Glueckert and Cheryl Cefro (Mark) Johnson; brother Paul Leetz and his family; father-in-law Harvey Tice, Sr.; aunts Bridgie Galvin Jimenez and Marie Galvin. Also surviving are niece Dana Freshly and her son, Jaricho Jay, nephew Beau (Kristen) Johnson and their children Ethan and Evan and niece, Ashlee Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Shon Lane and Audrey Galvin Lane Cefro; step-father John Cefro; husband Chuck Tice; and son Kelley Tice.

Memorials may be sent to the Humane Society of Cascade County, PO Box 1774, Great Falls, MT 59403 or Peace Hospice, 1101 26th Str. S., Great Falls, MT 59405.

Public Guest Book

Apr 18th
Michele Fliginger
Cherl I'm so sorry for your loss! Know that she will always be watching over you.
Michele Fliginger
Apr 19th
Alice Klundt
I am so sorry for your loss. Connie and I were best friends at Central and she even loaned me a dress and heels for one prom. I went over and helped after the twins came home. Just this past week I had posted a picture on Facebook of the 2 of us at our 10th High School reunion. She was always so much fun to be around and she showed so much strength and courage during her difficult times.
Apr 19th
winkelman
Our sincere condolences to each of you with the loss of Connie. Working with Connie at Poulsens was a pleasure. We will never forget Charlie either. She was an enjoyable person to be around both at work and otherwise. God Bless each of you.
Apr 20th
Tom and Mary Wilford.
Connie trained me on the computer when I started working for Poulsens. She was a wonderful friend and Mary & I really enjoyed the Poulsen lunch get togethers these last few years. Rest in peace dear friend.
Apr 20th
Leslie Goss
My husband and I grew to know Connie very well when we were building our house. She worked at Poulsens and was the best most knowledgeable salesperson and always so helpful! We always asked for her and got the best service!
Apr 21st
Jim and Sheryl Carr
We are sorry to hear of Connie's passing. We got to know Connie when she worked at Poulsens and we lived down the road from her a ways. Hadn't seen much of her once she retired until she moved to the Rainbow where we got to visit again when we'd go see Jims mom. She always greeted us with a warm smile and a hug. She will be missed...
Apr 28th
sharla moore
My mom was at the Rainbow in GF until she passed away on May 4, 2016. She was really good to mom and I always talked to her if I saw her. When mom spent time at the Benefis rehab center, Connie was also there. Mom liked to go to the Albon Club in the lower level of the Rainbow for a glass of wine and a special visit with. Connie. I am glad she was there for mom. So sorry for your loss.

 


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