It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Constance (Connie) Hawley, a beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, and a cherished friend, who left us on July 7, 2023. Connie's departure has left a void in our lives that will be difficult to fill. She was a remarkable individual who lived to be a centenarian. Despite her age, she possessed a vitality and zest for life that never wavered. Her life was filled with incredible experiences and achievements that made her an inspiration to those who knew her. Connie was preceded in death by her parents, William, and Nelly Rukstalis, her husband Donald Hawley, siblings Eleanor, Daniel (Father Simeon), Billy, Mary, Rosie, Romaine, Patsy, and Donna. She is survived by her sister Barbara, her son William, Daughter in-law Pam, as well as her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Born on January 28, 1922, Connie grew up in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, where she developed a strong sense of faith, resilience, empathy, and a passion for helping others. Family was the center of Connie's world, and she cherished every moment spent with her loved ones. She adored her husband, Donald, and their 71-year marriage was a testament to their enduring love and commitment. They built a beautiful life together, centered around their devotion to family. Connie was a pillar of strength for her son, William, and Daughter in-law Pam, and supported them in all their endeavors. Her grandchildren, Laura, Rebecca, Erin, and Daniel brought immense joy to her life. She loved watching them grow and succeed, always offering words of encouragement and wisdom. Connie cherished her great-grandchildren, Addison, Aiden, Audrey, Avery, Blake, and Paige, Connie loved nothing more than showering them with love and spoiling them whenever she had the chance.
Beyond her role as a loving family member, Connie was a talented homemaker. Her meals were always delicious and made with love, her home was a warm and welcoming space for all who entered. She had a knack for creating beautiful arrangements and loved transforming her home into a festive wonderland during the holidays. Her attention to detail and creativity always impressed those who were fortunate enough to visit. Connie was a gentle and nurturing soul who found solace and joy in her garden. She had a deep appreciation for nature and all its wonders, particularly those found within her own backyard.
Connie's strength and resilience were apparent throughout her life. She faced countless challenges with grace and determination, never losing sight of her faith and the belief that everything happens for a reason. Her unwavering trust in God guided her through difficult times and provided her with comfort and peace. As we say goodbye to Connie, we remember her as a woman of unwavering love, faith, and kindness. Her legacy will live on through her family, who will continue to carry her spirit and values in their hearts. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. May she rest in eternal peace, reunited with her beloved husband and family, knowing that her love and kindness will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.
Family and friends are invited to McCully Polyniak & Collins Funeral Home 3204 Mountain Road Pasadena, Maryland 21122 on Monday July 17, 2023, from 7-9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday July 18, 2023, at 10 AM. Interment Crownsville Veteran Cemetery.