Connie Lea Boeka

Connie Lea Boeka

June 18, 1955 – April 22, 2020


Connie Lea Boeka, 64, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020.  She died peacefully at her home after a courageous journey with cancer.

Connie was born on June 18, 1955, to Lee and Velma Boeka in Seward, NE.  After graduating from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, she was a high school teacher in Minden, NE.  Connie moved to Omaha where she had a long and successful career in Marketing and Sales, for many years at West Communications, where she formed lasting friendships.

Connie married Gay Gross-Rhode on September 18, 2013.  Together they enjoyed golfing, anywhere, anytime, but mostly with the special friends they have at the Players Club.  They traveled throughout the states, a few trips to Alaska and loved the adventure of fine dining, museums, hiking and wintering in Arizona.

Connie was a delight to be around and was gregarious and loving with friends and family.  She shared a close relationship with her Elmwood Park neighborhood and thoroughly enjoyed planting and tending to their flower gardens, always chatting with their neighbors.

Above all, Connie was an amazing wife, sister, aunt to all her nieces and nephews, and a host of friends, who will miss her dearly.  She was preceded in death by her parents and nephew, Jeff Layten.   Connie is survived by her spouse, Gay; sisters, Bev Layten and Kathy (Larry) Dvorak; nieces, Christi (Dan) Uhing and Kelly (Scott) Wielage, nephew, Mike (Megan) Dvorak; brothers-in-law, Myron (Ellen) Gross-Rhode, Vaughn (Chris) Gross-Rhode; sisters-in-law: Lea (Burnett’s) Busch, Pege Gross-Rhode and Daria Jochum and many nieces and nephews.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be announced at a later date.  Memorials may be directed to Elmwood Park c/o the Mortuary.



  • Sharon Adelmann Posted April 24, 2020 5:01 pm

    To my dear friend Bev and her family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Diane Murphy Posted April 24, 2020 5:29 pm

    Connie was dedicated to family and friends, a gifted gardener who brought beauty into her world, and had the ability to find joy in life. She was a brave warrior.

  • sandy koepke Posted April 24, 2020 5:30 pm

    i thought of connie as the mayor of our elmwood gardens neighborhood. she brought everyone together.

  • Renee Smeal Posted April 24, 2020 9:52 pm

    Connie will be so missed by her extended family and friends. She made every gathering more fun and more interesting with her unique personality and her go get ‘em spirit. She will be dearly missed and always remembered.

  • Genia Thibault Posted April 25, 2020 6:16 am

    What a wonderful person gone too soon. Thinking of memories of Connie brings a smile to my face. The stories her West friends could tell, our bellies would hurt from the laughs. So sorry for the loss of this great lady.

  • Carole Larson Posted April 25, 2020 7:58 am

    In a short time, Connie would have been famous. She could see the truth of things and showed it to us through her writing. This is just one of her many talents. I love her; I will miss her.

  • Carole Larson Posted April 25, 2020 8:01 am

    In a short time, Connie would have been famous. She could see the truth of things and showed it to us through her writing. This is just one of her many talents. We will miss her.

  • Beth Bloom Posted April 25, 2020 8:32 am

    Connie, the adventurous! My condolences to her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing.

  • Donna Moulton Posted April 25, 2020 9:03 am

    A gift to all of us who knew her. She will be missed and forever in our fondest memories. The Tiki Bus. Gay we love you and send our deepest condolences.

  • Diana Failla Posted April 25, 2020 11:16 am

    Connie was a gem to the neighborhood. She will be missed by many. She is gone too soon.!

  • Carole Larson Posted April 25, 2020 2:11 pm

    In high school I recognized Connie’s amazing talent as a writer and a poet. She had talents in every direction. She was even writing the last month of her life.

  • Paul & Arlys Rearick Posted April 25, 2020 2:47 pm

    Much sympathy to Gay and Connie’s family. Connie was a great friend and fun golfing partner. She always delighted in winning money from us! We will miss her charming personality and super wit and everything else about her. Rest In Peace in the glory of God!💕💕

  • Candy king Posted April 25, 2020 3:49 pm

    I have so many fun memories of working together,,traveling together and sharing funny stories. Her passing leaves a large gap in my life. I am blessed to have called her a wonderful friend for many years.

  • Gerri Zimmerman Posted April 26, 2020 9:53 am

    Sending my thoughts, prayers and sincere sympathy to Bev and the entire family.

  • Connie Murtaugh Posted April 26, 2020 10:24 am

    I was so saddened to hear the news about connie. I met her when she was a student in one of my fitness classes and her and I would sometimes take walks through Elmwood park. I loved her sense of humor and positive outlook. My heartfelt condolences to Gay and Connie’s family. RIP Connie

  • Teresa Snoozy Posted April 26, 2020 9:50 pm

    Gay and family, I was so sad to hear about Connie and want to extend my deepest sympathy. I enjoyed working with Connie in NWAGA and seeing you both at golf tournaments. She was a fun gal and always upbeat. I know she will be missed. Thoughts and prayers with you.

  • Norbert Bunn Posted April 27, 2020 6:32 am

    I was sorry to hear of Connie’s passing away on last Wednesday.
    Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to meet her. As the
    Chaplain for Endless Journey, please receive my prayers for your
    comfort and the peace of our Lord during this time of sorrow.
    Chaplain Bud

  • Kay Bowman Posted April 27, 2020 4:44 pm

    May your memories, Faith, love from family and friends sustain you thru this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  • Sabina Kelly Posted April 28, 2020 9:32 am

    We were so charmed by Connie over the past several years as we got to know Connie and Gay during their travels to Arizona. Every January we anticipated their arrival and enjoyed every minute we shared together. Connie could make me laugh until my sides hurt over her musings and summations of politics or anything she was pondering. She was the real deal. The world is less without her. My heart goes out to you Gay. Your relationship was an inspiration of truth and caring. It’s understating to say she will be missed. Her energy was so life affirming. I will never forget her bright light!

  • Matthew Kriegshauser Posted April 28, 2020 7:26 pm

    Gay. -. So sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. .She was always a pleasure to see and talk with. Well all miss her.

  • Carole & Tom Kauf Posted May 1, 2020 8:44 am

    Dear Gay and family, We are so deeply saddened to hear of Connie’s passing. She was smart, funny and talented and we loved her dearly. We regret not doing a better job of keeping in touch. May your many fond memories carry you through.

  • Mary Jo Leastman Posted May 2, 2020 5:23 am

    How blessed I was to have Connie in my life, a true friend. She walked into a room and the party began. Her laugh contagious, her appreciation of life each day, her acts of kindness and generosity, and her courage. Rest in peace my dear friend until we meet again. Love, Joey

  • Marlynn and Virgil Hunke Posted May 2, 2020 7:56 am

    Thinking about you in this hardest time of you life Our Prayers go out to you and you family. Seeing you two together was truly a wonderful. The love you had for each other was a joy to behold. The love was in your eyes each time you looked at each other. The kindness and loving way you two treated and respected each other was amazing . Everyone should learn from you how true love is expressed. We are so sorry for your loss and will be praying for you.

  • Pamela Jean gross Posted May 2, 2020 8:48 pm

    Love and Peace

  • Tim and Carolina Dunne Posted May 5, 2020 11:22 am

    Dear Family, sending our thoughts and prayers.

  • Erika Sayles Posted May 19, 2020 9:23 am

    All of us at EJ hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. We are honored to be given the opportunity to know Connie. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Please remember we are always here for you as well.

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *