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Thinking of you Aunt Connie

Constance “Connie” Fornal, age 82, of Aurora, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Saturday, February 12, 2022.

She was born August 23, 1939, in Elgin, IL, to proud and loving parents, Leor and Catherine Warner.

Connie grew up in Crystal Lake and lived above the family funeral home, Warner Funeral Service. She attended local schools, graduating from Crystal Lake High School with the class of 1957.

She continued her education at Western Illinois University and received her Bachelor’s degree in art education, with a minor in social studies, in 1961. While studying in speech class, Connie found her attention drawn to William Fornal, and according to Bill, “she became speechless”. Whether it was figurative or literal, she managed to pass the class and walk down the aisle. They were united in marriage on June 9, 1962.

They began their new life in Aurora and not only made a family, but a lifetime of memories.

She found work at both Waldo Junior High and C.F. Simmons Junior High in Aurora, IL. In later years, she also substitute taught at area schools. She always said that she taught very talented children and enjoyed her time in the classroom very much. Connie helped to liven up the hallways, created collages and mobiles that graced various classrooms.  

Connie and Bill were faithful members of St. Mary Catholic Church in Aurora.

Connie not only taught art, but she also loved it and lived it. She was a prolific artist who enjoyed drawing, creating clay pottery and her infamous custom holiday greeting cards that all her family and friends were anxious to receive every Christmas. It became like a therapy to her soul and was put on display with her seasonal decorations that never ceased to amaze. She even helped to create a one-of-a-kind metal totem pole made from milk cans, complete with a set of wings, and all of it set in a base of concrete that has stood the test of time. She decoratively painted rock sculptures for family and friends as well as the family pontoon boat on Lake Bellevue near Delta, WI. The word of her talent spread quickly and soon her arrival was celebrated with requests from neighbors to beautify their own watercraft.  Her heart was ever open to love and was known for her caring nature and generous spirit.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Bill Fornal; one daughter Megan Fornal; Geoffrey (Ellen) Warner; one niece, Sarah (Ty) Warbuck; a nephew, Danny Mansmith and a family of friends. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leor Sr.  and Catherine Warner; one brother, Leor “Skip” Warner II; her mother and father-in-law, William and Emily Fornal and sister-in-law, Delphine Mansmith.

Following cremation, the family will host a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, www.stjude.org or to the charity of your choice. Memories and tributes may also be left on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.