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Connie Blocker

Jan 29, 2008

FORT DODGE — Connie Schendel Blocker, 51, of Fort Dodge, died Jan. 27, 2008 at her home, after a courageous four year battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge with the Rev. Matthew Martens officiating. Interment will be held in North Lawn Cemetery with full military honors presented by the VFW Post 1856.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Connie Kay Schendel, the daughter of Edwin and Beverly (Wertz) Schendel, was born April 18, 1956 in Estherville, Iowa. She graduated from Windom Area High School in 1974. Connie served in the U.S. Army and was a medical corpsman at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. In 1981, she received her B.A. degree in Special Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She was employed with Sioux Vocational Services and Sioux Valley Hospital until moving to Fort Dodge in 1988.

On Nov. 3, 1990, she was united in marriage to Jim Blocker at Grace Lutheran Church, Fort Dodge. The couple made their home in Fort Dodge and Connie was employed as a Special Ed teacher with the Fort Dodge School System. Connie was nominated for the Golden Apple Award and had a passion for teaching special needs children and also coaching them in the Special Olympics. She retired in 2005 due to ill health.

Survivors include her husband Jim; their children Andrea and Nathan; her sisters Julie Schendel of Indianola and Nancy Schendel of Estherville, her brother Tim Schendel of Sioux Falls, SD; and her niece Brooke.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edwin and Beverly Schendel, her sister Vickie and infant sister Patty.

Connie was a loving wife and mother and was very devoted to family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed towards Trinity Hospice or to the discretion of the family.