EDDYVILLE — Connie Mae Gutch, 72, of Eddyville, died the morning of Dec. 4, 2013, at the Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.
Connie was born on March 28,1941, in Iowa City, and as a young child was adopted by Condie Sheridan and Neva Mae (Stewart) Bowles. Connie grew up around Eddyville and graduated from the Eddyville High School, Class of 1959.
On Nov. 11, 1960, Connie and Charles Roger Gutch were united in marriage in Ottumwa. Connie and Charles shared 53 years of marriage before Connie’s passing and were blessed with three children: Roger, Terri and Russell.
Connie enjoyed fishing, garage sales and auctions. She was also a member of the Eddyville United Methodist Church.
Connie is survived by her husband, Charles Gutch of Eddyville; their children, Roger (Mary) Gutch of Eddyville, Terri (Terry) Vander Velden of Oskaloosa and Russell Gutch of Eddyville; nine grandchildren, Ana, Sheri, Kathryn, Ruth E., Alex, Chris, Charles, Dakota and Savanna; and one great-grandson, Aiden. Connie is also survived by her siblings, Darlene Hadden, Arlene Schwartz, Dorothy Webb, Fran Bowling, Donna Connerley, Ronald Ritter and Robert Stapella.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Condie and Neva; and three brothers, Clair and Kenneth Ritter and Vern Dreyustern and her half brother Chuck Pelton.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the First Christian Church; Rev. Dennis Durst officiating. Burial will follow services at Highland Cemetery of Eddyville.
Visitation for Connie will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Eddyville Funeral Chapel of Eddyville. Connie’s family will be present from 5-8 p.m. Friday.
A memorial has been established to the Hospice Serenity House of Oskaloosa or the Eddyville Park and Recreation.
The Eddyville Funeral Chapel is assisting Connie’s family with services.