Constance “Connie” L. Sorg – Independence

INDEPENDENCE-  Constance “Connie” L. Sorg, 69, of Independence, IA died on Saturday October 3, 2020 at her home in Independence, IA following a long illness.

Connie was born on August 26, 1951 in Eldon, IA the daughter of Alden C. and Wanda L. (Johnston) Baayen. She was a 1969 graduate of Cardinal High School in Eldon, IA. She attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree from Parsons College in Fairfield, IA.  Shortly after graduating Connie accepted a position in the Independence Community Schools as an Elementary Art Teacher. There she used her love of art to teach hundreds of children for over thirty-six years. In 2005 she was awarded the honor of Teacher of the Year by the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce. On July 22, 1978 she married Richard M. Sorg at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence. Together they raised two children and passed on their love and kindness to their neighbors, and friends.

She is survived by her husband of forty-two years, Rick Sorg, Independence, IA her children Jake (Tara) Sorg, North Liberty, IA and Megan (Luke) Hartke, Grimes, IA, her grandchildren, Lucy and Leo Sorg, a brother Craig (Sandy ) Baayen, Ottumwa, IA, a sister-in-law, Susie (Shane) Bevans, Winthrop, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

Connie is preceded in death by her parents, Alden and Wanda Baayen, a brother Mark Baayen, father-in-law Murray Sorg, mother-in-law Elva Sorg, and a brother-in-law Randy Sorg.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Riverwalk Park in Independence, IA from 1 PM until 3 PM on Saturday August 21, 2021. The Reiff Family Center – Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers donations to may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or to Cedar Valley Hospice 801 1st St E, Independence, IA 50644

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