With joyful mourning we announce the passing of the beloved matriarch of our family. Constance “Connie” Muriel Buergin, 93, of Topeka, KS died peacefully on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Stormont-Vail Hospital.
She was born January 17, 1928 in Detroit, MI the daughter of Frederick Ansley and Frances Dorothy (Weaver) Jones. After her childhood in the area, Connie began her college education at Wayne State University, pursuing her life-long dream of becoming a registered nurse. Circumstances then brought her to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she met her future husband, who was a college student and employed setting pins at a local bowling alley. Bowling brought them together, and their shared love of bowling lasted throughout their lifetimes.
Connie married Raymond Gregory Buergin on July 26, 1948 in Long Beach, CA. He preceded her in death on August 15, 2011. She is survived by two sons, Gregory Buergin, of Greeley, CO, James Buergin of Indianapolis, IN; three daughters, Margaret Buergin, Mary Erwin and her husband, Ronald, and Elizabeth Paris and her husband, Timothy, all of Topeka. Eleven grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Frances Jones, along with a brother Fred Jones and a sister, Dolores Davis.
Family meant everything to Connie, as she chose to dedicate her early married life to the role of stay-at-home wife and mother. In the early 1970’s Connie returned to her study of nursing. She received her nursing certificate from the Stormont Vail School of Nursing, and later her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Washburn University. She was employed as an Obstetrics Nurse at both Stormont Vail and St. Francis Hospitals in Topeka, Kansas. Connie retained her license as a Registered Nurse until the age of 90.
She was a member of St. Matthew Catholic Church, and of AWHONN, which is a specialty professional nursing organization for Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nurses. She was an ongoing member of Sigma Theta Tau, which is a Nursing Honor Society. Connie’s lifelong interests included traveling with her family, art, classical music, dining on and preparing delicious food, Royal’s baseball, and many years of league bowling.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday at Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial donations be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66603.
Fond memories and condolences may be left at www.brennamathenafh.com.