Constance “Connie” B. Herrick, 89, of Kewanee, died Friday, April 20, 2018. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at First Presbyterian Church, in Kewanee. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, in Kewanee, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, of Kewanee; the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, in Peoria; Abilities Plus, in Kewanee; GiGi’s Playhouse - Quad Cities; or any charity of the donor’s choice.

Constance “Connie” B. Herrick, 89, of Kewanee, died Friday, April 20, 2018. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28 at First Presbyterian Church, in Kewanee. A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, in Kewanee, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church, of Kewanee; the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, in Peoria; Abilities Plus, in Kewanee; GiGi’s Playhouse - Quad Cities; or any charity of the donor’s choice.

She was born Dec. 18, 1928, in Rockford, the daughter of Joseph and Rhoda (Nelson) Borden. She graduated from Harlem Consolidated High School, in Loves Park; West Suburban School of Nursing, in Oak Park; Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, in Wheaton; and then did graduate work at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb.

She met her future husband at a youth event at Judson Baptist Church, in Oak Park. Their first date was a hayride.  Subsequently on Sept. 1, 1951, she married Donald K. Herrick who was finishing up at Northern Baptist Seminary at the time. Together they served Baptist churches in Congress, Saskatchewan, Canada, as well as Big Rock, Rockford, Wood River and Kewanee – all in Illinois.  Connie worked outside the home most of her married life starting as a public health nurse traveling the prairies in Saskatchewan, Canada; then Dean of Student Nurses at Rockford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing; on to Black Hawk College where she served as Director of Community Services and Coordinator of Practical Nursing; and finally ending her working career at Kewanee Hospital as Vice President of Professional Services, retiring in 1992.

Connie took a leadership role in many activities in her church and was the designer and lead seamstress for the dresses made for wheelchair-bound women by the Sew-N-Sews of First Presbyterian Church. She served on the Boards of the Day Care Center, the Housing Authority of Henry County, the United Way, the American Cancer Society, and the Presbyterian Women as well as others.  She was instrumental in establishing the Henry County Senior Citizens. Up until her recent illness, she still volunteered one morning a week at the Alcove Gift Shop at OSF St. Luke Medical Center, in Kewanee. The Kewanee Business & Professional Women’s Club named her their Woman of the Year in 1981.

She was an avid reader, enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens, and sharing the bounty from her prolific raspberry patch.  On Thursday nights in the summer she could usually be found working at the food tent for Concerts in the Park.  She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in all their varied activities.  Her beloved dogs Lacey and Pippi were her constant companions, often accompanying her in her baby blue VW beetle convertible 

Connie is survived by three daughters: Melodee (Mike) Yaklich, of Kewanee; Merilee (Tom) Curran, of St. Louis, Mo.; and Melissa (Rick) Franzen, of St. Paul, Minn.; 12 grandchildren including: Brandon (Katie), Brad (Beth) and Brian (Michelle) Yaklich; Kelle (Matt) Totsch, Alison (Kenneth) Smith, Nelson and Caroline Curran; Reid, Flynn, Lily, Ford and Shiloh Franzen; and eight great-grandchildren including Jaxon, Nora, Zoey, Walter, Genevieve, and Maddox Yaklich; Magnus Totsch and Sanders Smith; one brother George (Phyllis) Borden; one sister Linda (Rich) Larsen; one sister-in-law Phyllis Hanson; and many adored nieces and nephews.  Her husband of 52 years, parents and brothers Leo and Robert preceded her in death. 

We trust that in the love and mercy of God, Connie has inherited the eternal reward prepared by God for his saints, through Jesus Christ our Lord.