Connie Horning was born on Feb. 28, 1922 in Lorain, Ohio to John W. and Ethel M. (Clipsham) Emary. She passed away on May 17, 2018 at Freeman Regional Health Services in Freeman, S.D., at the age of 96.
When Connie was five years old, she accompanied her mother and two younger brothers to England for a vacation. While there, her mother discovered that she was with child. Another brother was born; however, because of medical complications, he underwent six surgeries in six years.
The family finally returned to the United States when Connie was 12 years old.
After her high school graduation, Connie went to Missionary Training Institute in Nyack, N.Y. for part of one year. She returned to Ohio and married Dudley Horning on June 21,1946. Later that year, they moved to Nyack and Dudley attended Bible College. During their five years in college, three children were born: a daughter, Sarah, and sons, John and James.
Connie ministered with Dudley in churches in Kokomo, Ind.; Norwalk, Ohio; Pearl River, N.Y.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Sioux City, Iowa; and Logansport, Ind. They moved to Freeman in November 1980. Through the years, she faithfully served in many capacities, including music, teaching Sunday school and leading various children’s ministries. She especially enjoyed the challenge of accompanying church choirs as they presented seasonal cantatas. During their years in Freeman, Connie cared for children in her home and held other positions with businesses in the Freeman area.
Connie was a resident of Oakview Terrace in Freeman from May 6, 2015 until her death.
Connie is survived by a daughter, Sarah of Toms River, NJ; sons John (Barb) of Pettisville, Ohio and James (Sharon) of Freeman; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Emary; and a sister, Winifred McCann; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley; her parents, John and Ethel Emary; and brothers, John Emary and Howard Emary.
A memorial service was held May 21 at the Freeman Missionary Church, with Revs. Stephen Roussos and John Horning officiating. Goldie Groves and Becky Ebbesen were pianists and special music was provided by the Horning family.
Internment was at the Freeman City Cemetery; pallbearers were Erik Horning, Philip Horning, Jason Horning, Nathan Stover, Jesse Ebbesen and Michael Horning.