Connie R. Distad, 73
Mankato Connie Distad, age 73, of Mankato and formerly of Blue Earth, passed away Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Mayo Health System-Mankato. A funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 14 at Patton Funeral Home, Rev. Russ Jacobsen officiated. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery at a later date. Patton Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
Connie Rae was born June 6, 1946 in Blue Earth, to Ralph and Letha (Swingdorf) Stewart. She grew up in the area with her siblings and later married LeRoy Distad who passed away in 1999. She and LeRoy owned and operated LeRoy’s Bar & Grill for several years and she also worked at Telex while raising two children.
Connie always put others first but her family, especially her grandkids, were the center and joy of her life. She always made a point to attend their sporting events and school activities, making memories that will live on forever, like watching Hallmark movies, baking, putting together puzzles and playing games and making the holidays a special time for everyone. She also enjoyed traveling to visit her sister in California, shopping, playing bingo and other card games.
She is survived by her loving children, Rick (Diane Holmgren), of Roseville and Renae (Rory) Kopischke, of Mankato; her adoring grandchildren, Hannah and Lauren Distad, and Alexis and Landon Kopischke; brother, Tom (Annette) Stewart; sister, Donna (Chalk) Torres; brother-in-law, Duane (Debbie) Distad; sisters-in-law, Joan (Harlan) Hall and Lorna (Ronnie) Distad.
She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Dick and brothers-in-law, Chalk and Ronnie.