KIEFER, Connie Burr, 73, of Wesley Chapel, Florida, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
She was born in Berkeley, CA; lived in Westborough, MA and moved in 2011 to Tampa, FL from Aspen Hill, MD. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wagner College, Class of 1967.
Connie worked for 20 years as a Subject Matter Expert in information technology working with cancer research doctors at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. She was the creator, owner, and operator of her own business, Connie's Ceramic Cubbyhole, which allowed her to share her love for ceramics with neighborhood children and friends. Connie also worked after college as a medical technician in several hospitals. And while doing all the above, she raised two wonderful children, Scott and Keri.
Her memberships and volunteer work included Tampa Bay Newcomers (stitchery and troop support); Meadow Point II Recreation Committee; M.I. Hummel chapters: Blue Ridge, Silver Spring, Zephyrhills; Strathmore Bel Pre swim team; Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority at Wagner College, Girl Scouts of America; and Rainbow Girls.
Connie had numerous interests, hobbies, and passions, including: mother to six schipperke’s: 3T’s, Roxy, Thunder, Skye, Maverick, Bailee and grandmother to Storm, River, Brady and Canon; discovering who she was and her family history through genealogy; traveling the world and discovering new places: Germany, Bermuda, Galapagos, Scotland, Netherlands, Italy, Hawaii, Barbados, US (visited 47 of the 50 states) and Canada; collecting M.I. Hummel figurines (over 200) and artwork; vacationing at the Burr family home on Nubanusit Lake in New Hampshire; staying fit and socializing with friends at water aerobics; walking the beach to collect sand and shells; and road trips with Kris and Scott to NASCAR races or places related to her genealogy research.
Connie is preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Ruth Burr; and her sister, Bonnie Burr Lever. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Kris Kiefer; son, Scott; daughter, Keri Riegler and her husband, Jeff Riegler; niece, Nicole Gonsalves; and grandniece, Olivia Gonsalves.
She will be laid to rest at 1:00 pm on May 29, 2019 at Pine Grove Cemetery in Westborough, MA. Connie’s Celebration of Life gathering will be held in Tampa at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Connie’s name to Tampa Bay Newcomers to support the “stitchery” and “troop support” efforts. Donations can be made on this site. Please include Connie’s name in the message box.
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