Constance J. “Connie” Shephard

Constance J. “Connie” Shephard – (88) – of 12 Cameron Ave., Hornell, died June 16, 2022 following a brief illness.

Born in Wellsville, NY, on March 15, 1934, she was the daughter of Gerald & Henrietta (McDowell) Lee.

Connie was a graduate of Wellsville High School (class of 1951) and later graduated of the Sisters of Charity School of Nursing in Buffalo (class of 1954).  For about 2 years she was employed as a registered nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Hospital in Buffalo.

She was married on October 29, 1955 to her best friend, Paul Shephard, and in 1956 they moved to Hornell.  She served as a registered nurse at St. James Mercy Hospital for many years, retiring in 1994 as nurse manager of the medical floor.

Connie was a fun loving wife and mother. Her special interests were her faith as a member of St. Ann’s Church, St. James Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, and Red Cross Board, St. Ann’s Parish Council and Ladies of Columbus.  Connie had a special love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary who guided her throughout her life.  In 2002, she made a covenant with the Sisters of Mercy of Rochester and became a Mercy Associate.

She was a member of the Hornell Twin Hickory Golf Club and an avid supporter & season ticket holder of the Buffalo Bills.  She was always very involved with all of her children’s sports and musical activities.  Her children and grandchildren were the joy of her life.

She was a volunteer for the Ladies Professional Golf Association for 23 years; Red Cross Blood Band; Interfaith Association; Steuben County Rural Ministry and RSVP.  In her early years, Connie was a Campfire Leader; club secretary for St. Ann’s Mother’s Club; Co-President of PTA at Columbian School and a member of Kieran Guild of St. James Hospital.

Connie was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Paul E. Shephard who died October 29, 2016; brother, Gerald Lee. 

Surviving are 5 sons, Paul Shephard, JR, of Hornell, Daniel (Melissa) Shephard of Raleigh, NC, Robert (Nancy) Shephard of Clifton Park, NY, Stephen (Deborah) Shephard of Rexford, NY and Joseph (Lisa) Shephard of Andover, NY; 3 daughters, Pamela Daniels of Henrietta, NY, Mary (Dan) Eason of Alfred and Anne (David) Robinson of Arkport; her dear friend, Joe Mauro of Hornell; 2 sisters, Loretta (Jim) Cronin of Wellsville, and Jacci (Bob) Gardner of Saranac Lake, NY; 3 brothers, , Robert (Pat) Lee of Wellsville, Thomas Lee of Rochester, and Jim (Zoie) Lee of Binghamton, NY; many grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

The family of Constance J. “Connie” Shephard will receive friends on Tuesday from 4 – 6 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY. A Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 6:00 PM with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating.  A “Celebration of Life” will follow the memorial service at approximately 6:45 PM at The Main Place on Main St., Hornell, NY.  All are invited. 

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10 Responses to “Constance J. “Connie” Shephard”

  1. Rich and Lori Daniels says:

    We just read this online as we had just heard about your Mom on Facebook. We are truly sorry about your loss. All of our love and prayers are with you at this difficult and busy time. If there is anything that we can do, please don’t hesitate to ask. My number 585-648-6406. We will see you soon. Once again, so sad and sorry about Connie’s passing.

  2. Dick Bondi says:

    Mom and Dad were our best for wedding of Mary and me– Will miss them both very much-Connie’s wish to be with Paul fulfilled with God’s warmth and Love-May our Prayers and Love ease away todays’s tears-Alwaays with much love Dick and Family

  3. Thomas N. Drumm says:

    Pam, Paul & families
    Just heard about your Mom’s passing. It was only a couple of mos. ago that she was in for dinner at the Villa. She was a wonderful lady and I truly enjoyed talking with her. My thoughts & Prayers are with you all. She is now with your Dad watching over all of you. God Bless you all. Tommy

  4. Patty (Crosby) Lebrenz says:

    Connie was such a kind and fun person and such a wonderful friend to my mom and to all fortunate enough to be in her orbit. To the Shephard and Lee families: I am so very sorry for your loss but hope that your many long and happy memories of Connie bring you some peace and joy as you miss her.

  5. sandra bishop says:

    Connie was an active member of the Ladies of Columbus she attend the dinners and always willing to bring a dessert. She was kind and well liked by everyone that knew her. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

  6. Susanne Campbell Moster says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.
    I had the privilege of working at St. James with your mom so many years ago.
    I pray for your family for God to help you through your great loss.
    Your mom lived a worthy life and now has gone home to be with your father again.
    Sincerest condolences

  7. Theresa Bracken says:

    The Brzozowski family are all so sorry to hear of your loss. Connie and Paul were great friends to our own parents and family. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.❤🙏

  8. Anne Pellett says:

    I was very sad to hear of Connie’s passing. She was a wonderful person when I knew her.
    Prayers to all the families.

  9. Sherry Osmin says:

    My heart goes out to all of Connie’s family,she will be sadly missed, we had a lot of laughs together k er the years Prayers to you all.

  10. Peeggy Rice says:

    Anne I just heard about your Mom. I am so sorry my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am so glad she is now with your Dad enjoying life in heaven with Jesus.