Jay Gatsby

Connie Abrook (Tate)

Saskatoon SK
May 07, 1936 - October 28, 2017

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It is with immense sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved Connie. Predeceased by her first husband, Eugene Tate, and by her parents, Marda and Walter Battreall, she is survived by her husband, Joe Abrook, who cared tenderly for her during her illness over the last eight months and with whom she recently celebrated their 20th anniversary; her brother, Roger Battreall (Jayne Funk) of Minneapolis, MN, and by her children, Kevin Tate (Claudia Morawetz), Karin Tate (Gabriele Penna); Kyle Tate; and Carol Morden, as well as by her step-children Joanne (Basil) McCormick, and Jeff (Leah) Abrook. She will be much missed, especially, by her much-loved grandchildren, Chiara and Julian Tate-Penna; James Kellogg; Andrea and Heidi Tate; Lauren Tate; Benjamin and Jaden Abrook; and Bronwin, Anwyn, and Roisin McCormick. It was her joy to have recently become a great-grandmother to Mika Gene Miki Tate-Penna. Born Constance Joyce Battreall in Logansport, IN, and earning a B.Ed at Moorhead State in 1957, Connie was a dedicated and caring educator for various Saskatoon Public Schools as a kindergarten and grade one teacher from 1975-1995. As a vivacious mother, grandmother, teacher, colleague, social activist, and friend she touched many lives and changed them for the better. There are no words to describe how deeply she will be missed.

Funeral Details

A funeral and celebration of Connie’s life will be held at Zion Lutheran Church (323 4thAvenue South) on Saturday, November 4, at 7pm.

Condolence Messages

John & Lindy Buhr

Written November 03, 2017 from Lucky Lake, SK

We enjoyed meeting Connie and Joe while living in Saskatoon last winter. Our deepest sympathy to Joe on her passing.

Loretta and Brian Hartsook

Written November 03, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

Brian and I knew Connie as a teacher and advocate for her fellow teachers as well as those individuals and groups who needed a voice. However, the first time I met Connie was when she was my son's teacher at the university. As a four year old he was in love with Connie and that affection continued throughout his
life. Connie always put the children first and was prepared to adapt programs and her teaching style to garner the best results from and for the children. She was a wonderful model for fellow teachers, children and we are sure for her family. Her family is blessed to have memories of times with her. Those memories will be a comfort now and in the future.
We are very sorry that we are unable to attend her memorial service. We will keep Joe, her children, grandchildren and her great grand child in our thoughts and prayers.
God accompanies and comforts at this time.
Loretta and Brian Hartsook

Joyce Bock (classmate)

Written November 01, 2017 from Alexandria, Minnesota

Sympathy sent your way at this time. May she rest in peace without pain at last.
I enjoyed meeting Connie and her husband at our class reunions. It has been years but I can still remember where she lived in Wadena. May the Good Lord comfort you with memories and heal your sorrowing hearts.

Gwen & Lawrence Orosz

Written October 31, 2017 from Prudhomme, Saskatchewan

We are soo sorry Karen & Gabe to hear of your MOM passing - our condolences, thoughts & prayers go out to your children & families !!
Hugs !
Gwen & Lawrence