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Life Story / Obituary
A hardworking, strong, and direct woman, Constance Glass lived a life of purpose while holding her loved ones near. She was a devout Christian, creative and talented, but she loved nothing more than using her gifts to bless others. A devoted wife and mother, Connie was filled with unspeakable joy to witness her family tree blossom to include the grandchildren and great-grandchildren who made her so very proud. Together she and her husband experienced so many of the best things that life has to offer as they lived an active lifestyle well into their sunset years. Deeply loved, Connie will be forever missed.
The 1920s were an exciting time in American history as innovation was paving the way to new technologies and advancements that changed the way we lived our everyday lives. Washing machines, radios, and more affordable cars were all among the signs of the time, and the decade was primarily a prosperous one for the majority of Americans. Amidst this eventful time was the year 1927 when Ralph and Tena (Hofstra) Glass were eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as spring appeared on the horizon in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1927. The big day finally arrived on March 29th when the baby girl they named Constance Ruth drew her first breath. She was the second of 10 children and the oldest girl to be raised in the family home located at 909 Myrtle, NW. Since Grand Rapids was known as the furniture capital at the time, Connie’s father was among the many who worked as a furniture maker while her mother was a busy wife, mother, and homemaker. She was a typical young girl who attended West Side Christian School and went on to graduate from Grand Rapids Christian High School.
New and exciting changes were in store for Connie when she met the young man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Allen Weston, and he was serving in the Coast Guard at the time. His ship was in port near where Connie and her sisters were sunbathing, so he and another sailor took a small boat across the harbor to say hello and invite them to a dance that night. The sisters agreed, and the rest is history as they say. Connie and Allen soon found themselves in love. With a desire to establish a life together they were married on March 19, 1949, at the church parsonage of Alpine Ave Christian Reformed Church.
The newlyweds settled into a home on Widdicomb, NW, and Al was in school while Connie focused her attention at home. Together they welcomed seven children including Pam, Allen, Wendy, Todd, Alison, Perianne, and Erin into their hearts and home. They lived on Tamarack, NW, and when it came to life in the Weston home Connie ruled the roost. She made it seem easy to juggle everything, and with such a bustling brood this was no easy feat. Connie has been described as stubborn and strong, but she also didn’t hesitate to do something herself if she wanted to. In fact, she tore up her brick sidewalk and redid it when she was 85! Around the home Connie enjoyed gardening as well as sewing. She was a talented seamstress who made curtains, pillows, church banners, and wedding dresses for her girls as well as sweaters.
Although life kept them busy, the Weston family also enjoyed having fun together at times. With a love for the outdoors they loved camping. For years the family spent the last two weeks of July camping at Otsego Lake State Park near Gaylord. Sunday always found them having a wild game dinner. Connie would cook whatever the boys had brought her whether squirrel, rabbits, pheasant, or frog legs. However, the rule was that whoever found the bb in the meat had to clear dishes! Later on they enjoyed family trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Throughout her life Connie was a woman of many interests. She loved going antiquing, and she collected pretty much anything. Every Friday she went to the Antique House located south of town, and she also went to the antique show in Grand Haven during the Coast Guard Festival. When Allen retired from the police department in mid-eighties, she did, too, which meant that Allen was the one who was in charge of the cooking. Together they took many fun-filled bus trips. For years, she and her sisters went to Mackinac Island every May, and also spent some time in Florida. Connie enjoyed reading historical novels, mysteries, and Christian fiction, and she also liked ordering books from Guidepost. She and Allen, through their actions and devotion to the church, made sure the message and love of Jesus Christ was instilled in all of their children.
With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Constance Weston fully embraced the moments she was given along her life’s journey. She was never one to shy away from doing things as she saw fit, and it seems she could tackle just about anything. Deeply devoted to her family, Connie treasured the time she had to spend with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will never be forgotten.
WESTON – Constance Ruth (Glass) Weston aged 89, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Stonebridge Manor with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband Allen Weston; son-in-law, Thomas Radosevich; grandsons, Brad Bennett, Willem Radosevich and Chad Kleyn; brothers, Ralph Glass, Henry Glass and Walter Glass; sister-in-law, Nancy Glass and brothers-in-law, Jack DeWitt and John Star. Constance is survived by her children Pamela (Gary) Bennett, Allen (Dodie) Weston, Wendy (Gary) Parks, Todd (Mary) Weston, Alison (Jhon) Kleyn, Perianne (Chip) Brander, and Erin Weston-Radosevich; 33 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers,sisters and sisters-in-law, Milly Glass, Emily DeWitt, Cynthia Star, Marilyn Glass, Thomas (Char) Glass, Linda Glass, Dick (Gayle) Glass, Robert (Dorothy) Glass, and Ross (Terri) Glass. Connie was a long time member of both Alpine CRC and Seventh Reformed Church. She had a passion for gardening and will always be remembered for her generosity with her talent of sewing and knitting. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Stonebridge Manor for the care given to both Allen and Constance. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday November 12, 2016 at Seventh Reformed Church, 950 Leonard St. N.W. Family and Friends may visit at the church from 10-11 AM. Contributions in Connie’s memory may be made to West Side Christian School Foundation. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to read her lifestory, archive memory, photo, or sign the guestbook online.