Connie Rae (Babitzke) Schweigerdt went home to her Lord on April 4, 2016, following a bicycle accident. Her family was at her side at the time of her passing. Connie was born and raised in Lodi, and was 70 years young at the time of her death. She met her future husband, Bruce, through their church youth group, and they attended Lodi High School together. They were married in their senior year while attending Sacramento State University. Following graduation, Connie and Bruce established their first home together in Lodi. They were married for 49 years. Connie was an English major, yet words will never describe her. She began a career as a social worker for San Joaquin County, however when she and Bruce began their family, she chose to remain at home to raise their children. Connie is survived by her husband and their four children: Stephen and wife Bronwyn, Shelly and husband Nick, Katy and companion Edouard Roberge, Timothy and wife Kalina, and her granddaughter, Edie Laurel Schweigerdt, as well as her mother-in-law, Lena Schweigerdt. She is also survived by her younger brother, Bill Babitzke and wife Kathy, niece Sarah (Babitzke) Lee and husband David, and nephew Kelly.In their retirement years, Connie and Bruce enjoyed traveling in their RV. She always loved to camp, hike, and ride her bike. She was incredibly proud of hiking the Grand Canyon multiple times and visiting 49 of the States. Connie was a fire cracker! She was full of energy, and was always making new recycled crafts, tending her garden, loving on animals, or sending encouraging notes and cards. Her life was abundant and loud with laughter. She could always make people laugh without even trying. She loved to chat and meet people and dogs on her bike rides. She never ran out of stories to share and there was not a dog in the neighborhood that she wouldn’t try to meet. She would spend as much time outside as she could. She rode her bike every day, and made many friends along the way. To say she was unique is an understatement. She was one of a kind. The most beautiful, loving person you could find. If you found her, you were lucky. Her children describe her as a great mom who would do everything she could for them. She was a selfless soul who gave everything she had to her husband, family, and friends. She passed on to them how to love, how to be strong, how to be kind, and instilled in them her spirit of adventure. Her husband and children treasured her, and will cherish all of the memories she has given them. She was exposed to country music in 2003, and the stories told by the songs spoke to her heart :) Alan Jackson was her favorite, and she had fond memories of enjoying a Rascal Flatts concert with her daughters. Connie especially loved animals, birds, reptiles, and most rodents and insects. She would want to save as many animals as she possibly could. To that end, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PALS (People Assisting the Lodi Shelter) in memory of Connie Schweigerdt either online at www.palslodi.org or by mailing a check to 1040 W. Kettleman Lane, Suite 379 Lodi, CA 95240.
Visitation will be on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home located at 831 Industrial Drive Lodi, California.
Interment will take place on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 10:00 am at Cherokee Memorial Park.
A service to celebrate Connie’s life will be held at Faith Community Church located at 18621 N. Hwy 99 Acampo, California on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 11:00 am. Reception will follow. Please sign the guest book at www.lodinews.com/obits .