In Memory Of
Colvin, Connie who passed away on 10/28/2021 at the age of 88
Constance Helen "Connie"" Colvin entered eternal peace Thursday, October 28, 2021, in Pensacola, FL with family at her side.
She was born to the late Michael and Pauline (nee Popinchalk) Novak in McKeesport, PA, May 3, 1933. She graduated from Rostraver High School in 1950 and subsequently received her Diploma from St. Francis School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA prior to joining the United States Navy Nurse Corps.
While in the Navy, she met her first husband, Air Force pilot, Captain Charles E. Klingmeyer Jr. They married in 1957 and welcomed daughter, Mary Patricia in 1959. Charles died suddenly in 1961 due to medical complications while the family was stationed in Tokyo, Japan. Upon return to the United States, Connie worked and received her BS in Nursing at Georgetown University in 1967. The following year she was introduced to Marine Corps fighter pilot, Lt Col H. Clifford Colvin. Widowed with two children, Kathryn and Michael, Cliff proposed to Connie and they embarked on a long and happy marriage of 46 years, welcoming sons, Timothy and Andrew.
After Cliff's retirement from the Marine Corps in 1972, the family moved to Baker City, OR where she became deeply involved with the local hospital (St. Elizabeth), community service organizations (Rotary International, PEO) and St. Francis de Sales Cathedral parish. Connie lent her beautiful voice to the choir and led the singing at Mass for many years. Connie was also a committed nursing professional and nurse educator. She received her Master's degree in Nursing from University of Portland, OR and a Doctorate in Education from Gonzaga University. She enjoyed many years educating nursing students at Treasure Valley Community College and Oregon Health Science University School of Nursing, La Grande campus.
She passed her appreciation of education and learning to her children. Connie was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.
Connie is preceded in death by her loving husband, Cliff in 2015.
She is survived by her five children (and spouses), Michael Colvin (Carol), Kathryn Robbins (Denzil), Mary Patricia Colvin Park (Edwin), Timothy Colvin (Denise) and Andrew Colvin. She is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass and burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date to be determined.
The family requests that people make donations in support of St. Francis de Sales Food Bank, Baker City or the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.
Special thanks to the loving staff at Memory Lane, Pensacola, FL.