NEYER, Constance A.
Constance Ann "Connie" Neyer, 61, of Bloomfield, passed away peacefully, Sunday, (July 8, 2012), at Bickford Health Care Center surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Middletown, Nov. 2, 1950, a true joy to both her parents being the only girl in a family of seven children. She is survived by her brothers, Jerry Neyer of Hartford, Ronald (Beth) Neyer of Windsor, George (Janice) Neyer of Jacksonville, FL; Kevin (Daneane) of Limerick, ME; her step-mom, Pauline Neyer of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews. Also, she is survived by long-time dear friends Margaret Folse (who also was her caregiver), Charlotte McCoid, George Pekarski, Elonie Smith, and Jose Williams. She was predeceased by her mother, Mary (Roccapriore) Neyer; father, Raymond Joseph Neyer; brothers, Raymond Neyer Jr, and Richard Neyer. She was part of the second graduation class in 1968 at Mercy High School in Middletown, winning a scholarship after writing a paper on why she wanted to attend a Catholic school. She then attended Northeastern University in Boston graduating with honors in 1973 with a BA in English. During her study, she worked part-time at the Hartford Courant as part of the university's, work-study program. After graduation, she accepted an offer to work full-time for the Courant as a reporter and later learned there were over 200 applications for her position. Connie remained with the Courant for 30 years, covering the City of Hartford and many of the surrounding towns. She loved the Courant. Her stories were a variety of human interest, inspirational subjects, as well as hard-news stories. Also, she made it her business to be the paper's town crier for the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged. For several years she wrote a column on Hartford, called, "City Lights". Also, she wrote a long-running column, "Needs and Deeds", where she called attention to various causes and particular needs of nonprofit organizations for the homeless and disadvantaged and acknowledged those who gave assistance. When Connie was a little girl, there was no Title IX. She wrote an article about growing up and dreaming of being a baseball player like her brothers - but she couldn't because the only teams around would not accept girls. She was thankful though, for what she could do. As a grown woman and a journalist, she wrote about her wonderful "foremothers" at Seneca Falls. On its 150 anniversary, she wrote an Op-Ed article, "A Little Girl, Her Dreams and Seneca Falls". She said these women who came to Seneca Falls, N.Y. to put forth "The Declaration of Sentiments", planted the seeds for equal rights for women -- to attend college, speak in public, hold office, earn a living - making it possible for her to grow up and achieve whatever she wanted to. And achieve she did -not only for herself but for all the wonderful causes she tried to promote as a journalist. She will be remembered most of all for her great love and kindness shown to everyone she met. She enjoyed above all just spending time with her family, friends, and coworkers whom she deeply loved. She was a woman of deep faith, serving as an Associate of Mercy, as a Lector for Sunday Mass at the Church of St. Timothy Catholic Church, West Hartford and as the editor of the parish newspaper, Saint Timothy Post. She was deeply loved by all and will be greatly missed. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to the entire staff at the Bickford Health Care Center, Windsor Locks for their warmth, kindness, support, and attention to Connie's every need.
Connie's family will receive friends on Sunday, July 15 from 3-6 pm at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Avenue, Windsor. Family and friends may gather Monday, July 16 at 9 a.m. at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at the Church of Saint Timothy, 1116 N. Main St., West Hartford. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Middlefield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartford Boys and Girls Club, 170 Sigourney St., Hartford, 06105, the Catholic Worker Martin de Poures House, 26 Clark St., Hartford, 06120, or Bickford Health Care Center, 14 Main St., Windsor Locks, 06096. For directions and condolences please visit www.carmonfuneralhome.com.