Connie Jean Kropf - 55
8/31/1957 - 5/9/2013
Tampico - Connie Jean Kropf, age 55, of Tampico, Illinois peacefully passed away Thursday May 9, 2013 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois after a year long battle with cancer.
Connie was born on August 31, 1957 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Donald and Merlene Hostetler. She was united in marriage to Steve Kropf on June 2, 1977.
She is survived by her husband Steve Kropf; two sons Dustin (Tonia) Kropf of Tampico, Illinois, Nevin (Rosie) Kropf of Gladys, Virginia; four daughters Stephanie (Roger) Garretson of Tampico, Illinois, Shelly (Travis) Hostetler of Prophetstown, Illinois, Shereen (Kelton) Hostetler of Tampico, Illinois, Susanne Kropf at home; four grandsons; two granddaughters; her father Donald Hostetler of Hotchkiss, Colorado; three brothers Rex (Cheryl) Hostetler of Nashville, Arkansas, Ray (Linda) Hostetler of Nashville, Arkansas, Roland (Anna) Hostetler of Hotchkiss, Colorado; three sisters Cindy (David) Hostetler of Shelbina, Missouri, Londa (Marvin) Garretson of Prophetstown, Illinois, Lucy (Richard) Blosser of Hotchkiss, Colorado and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, and one daughter Wendy.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite School in Tampico, Illinois. The funeral will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church. Burial will be in the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.
Sunday May 12, 2013
2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
Fairfield Amish Mennonite School in Tampico, Illinois
Monday May 13, 2013
Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church
Also submitted by Joan Johnson 9from the funeral):
Connie Jean (Hostetler) Kropf, beloved wife of Steve Kropf, daughter of Donald and Merlene Hostetler was born on August 31, 1957 in Princeton, IL. She peacefully passed awat at CGH Medical Center Sterling, IL at the age of 55 years, 8 months and 9 days after battling cancer over a year.
She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour and was baptized in her youth and was a member of the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church of Tampico, IL to which faith she remained faithful until death.
On June 2, 1977 she was united in marriage to Steve Kropf, son of Amos and Alice (Hostetler) Kropf, sharing the joys and sorows of life together for over 35 years. This union was blessed with 2 sons and 5 daughters. Dustin and wife Tonia of Tampico, IL, Nevin and wife Rosie of Gladys, VA, Stephanie and husband Roger Garretson, Shelly and husband Travis Hostetler, Shereen and husband Kelton Hostetler, Susanne and special friend Roger Ulrich, all of Tampico, IL. 6 Grandchildren, Tanner, Ashley, Rily, Slater, Kassidy and Peyton.
She leaves to mourn her departure besides her deeply bereaved husband, children and grandchildren, her father Don Hostetler of Hotchkiss, CO, 3 sisters, Cindy and husband David Hostetler of Shelbina, MO, Londa and husband Marvin Garretson of Propehtstown, IL, Lucy and wife Linda of Nashville, AR, Roland and wife Anna of Hotchkiss, CO and a host ofnieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Wendy, her mother Merlene and in-laws Amos and Alice Kropf, also 1 niece Kristine and great niece Kaitlyn.
Connie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on March 30, 2012 which was very devastating to the family. She had a desire to get well again but expressed herself as to be given up to the Lord and say "Not my will but Thine be done."
Her husband and children faithfully took care of her and it was so hard to see her getting weaker.
She enjoyed family time when the children and grandchildren came home, also liked gardening and cooking. She looked forwaard to famiy Reunions.
In the hospital when she was slowly fading away, as the family was by her bedside she wanted to have scripture read to her, 23rd Psalms and a few others. She said Goodbye, not what I did but what the Lord has done, I ant to seemy Saviour first of all.
She had a concern about her own and her loved ones spiritual welfare, and though we weep, we grieve not as those who have no hope, looking forward to that great reunion in Heaven some sweet day.