Constance Ore is a retired Teacher, Choir Director, and Organist. And a formidable cook.

the obituary

Filed under: — Constance at 8:15 am on Monday, September 20, 2010

Constance Louise (Schau) Ore, 72, Seward, died at her home near Seward, Neb. on September 16, 2010. She was Born October 11, 1937 to Hans and Agnes (Rothe) Schau in Crawford County, Iowa, and baptized, confirmed and married at St. Paul Lutheran Church (Hanover) near Charter Oak, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master’s Degree in Family Life Science from Concordia University, Seward. She taught elementary school in Chicago (1959-60) and Niles, Ill. (1960-61). She served as Director of Music at St. John Lutheran Church, Seward (1979-2001) where she was organist, choir director, and junior high music teacher. She wrote lyrics for “Come to Our Reunion” (1981) and “Ring, Bells, Ring” (1983) published by Augsburg Fortress. Connie enjoyed birdlife, travel, and entertaining and was known to her friends and family as an outstanding cook. In her last years, she documented her journey through MDS/AML [leukemia] in a weekly web journal titled “My New Life”.

Survived by Charles, her husband of 50 years; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi Ore and Jon Taylor, Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law, Janna and Todd Nugent, Lake Bluff, Ill.; son, John-Paul Ore; granddaughters, Zoie and Kira Taylore, Fiona and Ursula Nugent; brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Caroline Schau, Tuscon, Ariz.; brother and sister-in-law, Allen and Sharon Schau, Charter Oak, Iowa; uncle, Clifford Baak, Newell, Iowa.

Celebration of life service:
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 28
St. John Lutheran Church in Seward map
Pastor James Pragman officiating.

Potluck supper:
5:30 p.m., St. John Fellowship Hall to greet the family and honor “the cook.”

Concordia University
c/o Development – Ore Organ Scholarship
800 N. Columbia Ave
Seward, NE 68434


Comment by David Foerster

September 22, 2010 @ 6:49 am

Dear Charles and Family,

The slideshow from your 50th Anniversary said it all. My sincere sympathy to all of the Ores as you mourn the passing of dear Constance.

In our lives, there are always people who leave a positive and long lasting impression. Recalling my student days, I treasure so many memories of the loving and progressive relationship you and Connie always brought to campus life. I have always been thankful that the two of you were part of my life.

As you quote on the website, “Lord, let at last. . .”


Dave Foerster ’71

Comment by John Casey

September 27, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

Dear Charles — I just watched the slideshow. What a wonderful collection of memories. I’m sure you must feel “How did it all go so quickly”. I will see you Tuesday evening to celebrate Connie’s rich life.
John Casey

Comment by Mindy Werling

September 29, 2010 @ 10:08 pm

Dear Ore Family,
I have never heard such beautiful and moving music in a church as what I heard last night. And I have never heard such heartfelt sentiments as what I heard spoken about Connie last night. It was perfect for her. Several times during the service, the image of her smiling face came into my mind, and I just knew that she was smiling from heaven! Blessings and peace to you all. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

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