Constance Byrne
N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home
1240 Waukegan Road
Glenview, IL
Constance Byrne (Connie or "Momo" to her grandchildren), age 95, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2021. She married the love of her life, Frank Owen Byrne, on May 2nd, 1947 who preceded her in death in 1986.

She was a wonderful mother, a strong, independent woman: a true role model in the days when it was not customary to juggle family and career.

Some 14 years after her marriage and six children later she returned to school to finish her journalism degree at Northwestern. Ten years after she completed her degree and seven children later, she returned to school again to become an Illinois- certified teacher. She taught at the Westmoor Elementary School in the Northbrook School District 28 until the age of 69. Years later she was remembered as the "best teacher I've ever had." With hands-on activities and teaching real life skills, she showed learning could be fun and meaningful.

Connie was nominated for the Woman of the month award and was recalled as "a wonderful mother and a charming and gracious hostess". She also managed to serve her community as vice-president and program chair of the North Shore Auxiliary of the Chicago Child Care Society and served on the Girl Scout Board.

She remained very active during retirement years, travelling as far as Egypt with a church group, being an active member of the North Shore Senior Center, enlarging her circle of lifetime friendships. Family occasions also took her out to California, Texas, even as far as Australia, Austria, Mauritius, the Reunion Island and back to her roots in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

You are never too old was her motto and she even formed a chorus when the Vi at the Glen opened in 2002. She saw this as an opportunity to create harmony, with both song and friendship. She never lost her love of music. As a child she saved her milk money for singing lessons. It paid off as she sang for many years at the OLPH choir and organized annual Christmas caroling parties. As a close family friend put it, she is having a great time singing in the heavenly choirs. She knows she was loved and cherished.

Her greatest joy was her family. loving mother of Connie Meek (Brian), the late Debbie Bakanec (Larry), Wendy Dubreuil (Alain), Melanie Smith (Ronald), Lisa Byrne-Prescott, Frank Byrne Jr. (Arlene) and Mary Prochotsky (Dave).The cherished grandmother of Chris (Nina), Amanda (Matt), Lexi (Steven), Allison, Brett (Jessamyn), Catherine (Frank), Eric, Stephanie (Michael), Charles (Robin), Jessica (Brian), Jonathan (Makenna), Andrew, Michael, Robert, Kimberly (Ty), Sidra, Josh (Paige) and Jenny (Garret). Adoring great grandmother of Ella, Lucas, Oliver, Claire, Leo, Mathew, Gracelyn, Gabriel, Mathis, JT, Olivia, Owen, Liam, Abigail, Eleanor, Ethan, Alex, and Mila.

Due to Covid restrictions, services will be held privately on February 6, 2021 at N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home, Glenview.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Our Lady of Perpetual Help,(on memo line Sister Paulanne's Needy Family Fund), 1775 Grove St., Glenview, Illinois 60025.

A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on August 7, 2021 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glenview.

Published by PL-North on Feb. 4, 2021.
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N.H. Scott & Hanekamp Funeral Home
1240 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL
Memorial Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
Glenview, IL
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Dear Connie's family and friends, I am sorry for your loss and offer my deepest condolences to family, and friends. I know Connie was a big part of my Dad's life and she made his life complete. To have lived for 95 years is a grand thing. That long life provided her lots of family time which I know she loved. I'll always remember Connie's smile and natural affection that she shared with me and others. May we all live strong in her lovely memories.
Frank A Randall III
August 14, 2021
Connie and I had great times together in our Vi chorus, The Classic Harmonizers. She also loved our Friday night sing-alongs.
Connie Mailander
February 4, 2021
The loss of a loved one is never easy. May time help you heal and bring you peace.
February 4, 2021
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