Audenaert, Connie Jean

Beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, having beaten cancer in 1989, succumbed to the rematch with the nasty disease, at the Palliative Care unit in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at the age of 55 years.

Connie was born in Magrath, Alberta, September 17, 1957. She was the first daughter of Albert & Marjorie Hillmer, of Del Bonita, where Connie grew up on the family farm, along with her 5 brothers, and one sister; schooling in Del Bonita, Magrath, and Lethbridge. Connie had four children before attending Lethbridge Community College, graduating in May 1991 with a victory over cancer AND a diploma in Recreation Therapy. Connie moved far from family and friends to work in her chosen field in Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach, Duncan & Chemainus, BC, becoming a staunch advocate for seniors in her roles as a rec therapist and activities services manager. Her passion for her work mirrored her passion for life and her motto, worn round her neck for years proclaimed: “Live, Love, Laugh.” Connie did, to the fullest, meeting both challenges and joys with passion, strength and honor, touching many lives, making many friends.

Connie is survived by her loving husband, Robert Thomsen of Nanaimo; daughters, Rhonda of Parksville, Lori of Nanaimo; son, Robert of Bonnyville; stepsons, Robert (Lorna) of Gibsons, Stephen of Lethbridge; 9 grandkids; her brothers: Gordon (Shirley), Chris (Noel) and Keith (Tammy); sister, Kathy (Larry), and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Amber Nicole; her parents, Marjorie and Albert, and 3 brothers: Rodney, Lloyd, and Bruce.

At Connie’s specific instructions, there will be no funeral service or visitation. Interment will take place in Magrath cemetery, Friday, November 30 with only family in attendance. A celebration of Connie’s life will be held on Vancouver Island in the new year, and details will be announced when those plans are finalized.

By request, no flowers PLEASE! Anyone wishing to honor Connie’s memory may donate to Children’s Wish Foundation at

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