Connie (Grypp) Altman, 68, formerly of Annawan, died on August 1, 2022, with her family by her side at her home in Memphis, TN. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 AM on August 19, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church-Annawan, IL, with Reverend Stephen Engelbrecht officiating. A memorial visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM prior to the service at the church. She will be laid to rest at Sacred Heart Cemetery-Annawan. In keeping with Connie’s love of animals, any donations in her honor should to be sent to the ASPCA or a local Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory-Geneseo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Connie was born on August 29, 1953, to Walter and Margaret Grypp in Geneseo, IL. She spent her childhood on a farm outside of Annawan and found great joy in the outdoors. Her love of nature continued throughout her life. Connie graduated from Annawan High School and attended Western Illinois University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. It was here that she met her future husband, Richard Altman. They married on May 8, 1976, in Annawan, IL, and moved to the Chicagoland area. She began working in the publishing industry as a proofreader and advanced to the position of editor.
Over her life, Connie had a great passion for dogs and aided in the caring, fostering, and placement of neglected and abandoned dogs. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed tilling the soil. She was an active member of Worldwide Marriage Encounter where she provided communication skills and spirituality to married couples through her life experiences. When not volunteering, Connie loved to curl up with a good book. Above all, God and her family were her top priorities. She was so proud and happy to be a “Mom” to many around her, including her relations and those in need.
She is lovingly remembered by her husband, Richard Altman of Memphis, TN, two sons and their spouses Adam & Stephanie Altman of Bartlett, TN, Nate & Rosella Altman of Austin, TX and three grandchildren, Katie & Quinn Altman, of Elk Grove Village, IL, and Francesca Barczak of Bartlett, TN.