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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Connie J. Sponheim
August 25, 1947 - June 13, 2020

Place of Birth: Sidney, Montana
Residence: Fairview, Montana
Age: 72

Connie Jane Sponheim, 72, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on the morning of June 13, 2020. She was born August 25,1947, in Sidney, MT, to Kermit and Gyda (Holey) Swenson. Connie was the fifth of seven children.

Connie attended elementary school at both Dore and East Fairview. During her 8th grade year the East Fairview school held a contest to select a school mascot. Connie won the contest and the school mascot became the Midgets. In 1965 she graduated from Fairview High School, after which she attended Valley City State College for a year. From 1967-1968 she attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Issaquah, WA. There, she obtained a degree in Parish Education.

Connie married her husband Lyle on August 24, 1968, the day before her 21st birthday. After getting married, Lyle and Connie moved to Minnesota for a few years where their two sons (Eric and Paul) were born. After moving back to Fairview, their family grew with the birth of two daughters (Tina and Sara). Not long after returning to Fairview, Connie and Lyle moved to live on the farm where she grew up north of town.

Connie was always very active in the church. At various locations and times she served as church secretary, Sunday school superintendent, led Bible studies, sang in the choir, served meals, and sewed quilts for Lutheran World Relief. Connie had a special love for sewing quilts, making hundreds of them throughout her lifetime, including numerous special “Grandma quilts” for all her grandkids.

Connie enjoyed baking for her family, especially her homemade bread. She and Lyle would plant a large vegetable garden every year, and would often comment that Lyle didn’t get the rows quite straight enough. Her flower beds were another of her loves. She found great joy in growing and giving away gladiolas each year to her friends and family. Connie enjoyed repairing old sewing machines. In her down time Connie would read and do puzzles.

Connie is survived by her husband Lyle Sponheim; her four children and their spouses: Eric (Sharon) Sponheim, Paul (Cindy) Sponheim, Tina (Christopher) Murphy, and Sara (Jonathan) Singer; seven grandchildren: Isaac Sponheim, Laurel Sponheim, Joshua Sponheim, Noah Singer, Jeremiah Singer, Abigail Sponheim, Naomi Sponheim; five step-grandchildren: Jordan Street, Dakota Street, Ashleigh Sponheim (daughter Dorothy), Daniel Raleigh, Joey Raleigh; six siblings: Wayne Swenson, Susan (Oscar) Schock, Janice (Milo) Hunter, Carolyn (Doug) Nenow, Laurie (Chuck) Bigwood, and Kerry (Darrell) Finsaas; sister-in-law Arlene (Larry) Willis; brother-in-law Dale (Tammy) Sponheim; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents Kermit and Gyda Swenson, son Joel, grandson Ian Sponheim, her in-laws Severt and Gunny Sponheim, nephew Bryan Schock, and sister-in-law Glorianne Swenson.

Memorial Contribution
Memorials may be made to: Foundation for Community Care for Hospice or charity of one’s choice.

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Dorita Yadon (Idaho Falls, Idaho)
Jun 15, 2020
Dear Lyle, Eric, Paul, Tina, Sara, and Families,
I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. Connie was one of the kindest, nicest, sweetest ladies I’ve ever known. I am happy for Connie that she is now with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But my heart grieves deeply for your loss of wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.
May God give you comfort, peace, and strength each day one day at a time (sometimes one minute or one second at a time). Please know that I am praying for you. Sincerely, Dorita Yadon
Susan Jorgenson (Williston, ND)
Jun 15, 2020
Sympathy to Lyle and all family.
kevin and jackie sullivan (Watford City, ND)
Jun 16, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.
Ann (Faulkner) Johnsrud (Watford City, ND)
Jun 16, 2020
Lyle and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Connie. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family

Ann (Faulkner) Johnsrud
Dea (Lund) White
Jun 17, 2020
On one of our many family visits. This was approx. 2013.
I find it hard to fathom that Connie won't be there the next time we visit, with her welcoming smile, big hug and fabulous cooking. I miss her already. Our joy is in knowing that she has been welcomed by our loving heavenly Father and we'll be reunited one day. My love and hugs to Lyle, Eric, Paul, Tina and Sara and your families; and to all of us who were privileged to know & be known by Connie.
Dan Lund (Seattle, Washington)
Jun 17, 2020
Hi Cousin Lyle. I sorry for your loss and just a note so you know I'm thinking of you and the entire family there.
Was just thinking how much Mom loved talking to Connie when I would call back there on her behalf. Crazy about Connie she was.
Marilyn Witt (Sidney, Montana)
Jun 18, 2020
Kerry and all of Connie"s family.
i am sad that you have lost your sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. I pray the God provides you comfort and strength as you go through these difficult times. Hugs and prayers for all.
Kenny & Patti Leiseth (Arnegard , ND)
Jun 18, 2020
Lyle & family - our deepest sympathy to all of you in your loss but we also rejoice with you in the memories this lady’s wonderful life has given us. I remember the delicious chicken dish she prepared for the FSA crew the day we made our Fairview tour - and use the recipe to this day. She nourished everyone, body and soul!
Verna Iverson (Williston , ND)
Jun 19, 2020
I am so sorry for the loss of Connie. It was always nice to visit with her. Her pictures she made were beautiful. She was one who always spoke of her love for the Lord. Take care Lyle and it won't be easy Blessings to all! Cousin Verna Iverson
Jun 24, 2020
The prefix re means again
and when

Connie sewed quilts
She rebuilt

If it was your wish
your sewing machine she would refurbish

and in the Spring she knew
seeds in the ground her garden would renew

reused feathers became part
of handcrafted beautiful art

She knew that her redeemer lives
and all the comfort He gives

re means again

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