Constance “Connie” J Freund (Bengston), age 83, of McHenry, Illinois, passed away on July 24, 2021, at Northwestern Hospital in McHenry surrounded by her loving family.
Connie was born on September 27, 1937, to Harry and Evelyn Bengston (Bay) in Evanston, IL. She graduated from Glenbrook High School in 1955 as salutatorian of her class. On September 14, 1957, she was united in marriage to Merle Freund in McHenry where they built their life together.
She received an Associate’s degree which allowed her to return to work after raising her children. She was the Office Director at Resurrection Church until her retirement in 2002.
Connie volunteered for 41 years at Birth Right which later became known as 1st Way Life Center, of which 24 years she was the director.
During her lifetime Connie was recognized with two awards, the Resurrection Merit Award for outstanding service to the church and the Everyday Heroes Award, celebrating the selfless efforts of McHenry County residents who make their communities great places to live.
In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, traveling, camping, motorcycling, and spending time with her family.
Connie is survived by her husband, Merle Freund, of 63 years; children Dale (Regina), Denny (Kathy), Ron (Terry), Randy (Susanna), Rick (Michelle), Gary (Renay); brothers Dan Bengston and Dave (Bev) Bengston; grandchildren, Steven (Jamie), Scott (Danielle), Sean, Jeff, Lauren, Molly (Pete), Jarrett (Meagan), Lacie-Marie (Ray), Ashley (CJ), Mike, Erin, and Olivia; great-grandchildren Allie, Atticus, Owen, Olive, Giovani with three more on the way.
Friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate her life with the family on Friday, July 30, 2021. Visitation will be from 3-7pm, immediately followed by a prayer service at Justen Funeral home located at 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Connie’s name to 1st Way Life Center, 3714 N. Fairway Ave., Johnsburg, IL 60051, (The Freund House) 815-385-2999
Arrangements have been entrusted to Justen Funeral Home & Crematory. For more information, please contact the Funeral Home at 815.385.2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends and loved ones may share memories of Constance on her tribute wall.