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Constance R. Vining Tarras

September 4, 1913 - January 22, 2017

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Constance (Connie) Rose Vining, nee Tarras, age 103 joined her husband Roy Vining in heaven on Jan 22, 2017.
Born in Winona, MN in 1913 to Cecelia and Edward Tarras, she graduated from Winona High School in 1931. After high school she worked for Kresge’s and Watkin’s Co, yet still had time for many an escapade with her best friend and cousin, Grace Ramczyk. . She moved to Minneapolis in 1936 where she worked as a bookkeeper for Woolworth’s for 7 years before marrying Roy Vining in 1943. She was a homemaker for many years, and was a member of Our Lady of Peace church- formerly St. Kevin’s since 1952. She and her husband were members of the FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles) for many, many years. She loved to play bingo, go to garage sales, collect antiques, and travel to CA and AZ after her husband died. She lived independently until she was 95.
She was not a fan of healthy eating and her favorite meal was dessert. She never met a cookie she did not like… Her good friend Mary Campion kept her well supplied with homemade cookies.
Most of her friends and all of her family have passed on but she had an uncanny ability to make new friends where ever she went. She is survived by her only daughter Mary Leshin and son-in-law Malcolm Leshin of Scottsdale, AZ. During her long life she experienced things that most of us only read about in history books: 2 World Wars, the Great Depression, a man walking on the moon, and had the priviledge of voting for the first female to run for President.
She loved the slot machines, but the luckiest day of her life was the day she met Courtney Eickelberg. She was her friend, confidant, and surrogate granddaughter and was always there for her. Her biggest thrill was holding Courtney’s baby Carson Robert. Hopefully she is having a great run of luck in the Big Casino in the sky. In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the ASPCA as she loved cats of all kinds, but her favorite cat of all was Tabitha.

Celebration of life will be held 2 pm Sunday, May 21 at Mainstreet Village Retirement, 7601 Lyndale Ave S. Richfield. Visitation one half hour prior.