Connie J. (Hoyer) Barnes, 74, of Fort Madison, Iowa, passed away on October 28, 2017, at 5:40 p.m. at The Kensington. She was born on November 27, 1942, in Fort Madison, Iowa, to Willis and Viola (Grosenkemper) Hoyer. She married Ronald Barnes on April 27, 1968, in Fort Madison. Connie graduated from Aquinas Catholic High School in Fort Madison, Iowa in 1960. Connie began her career with a high school job at Lampe Drug in Fort Madison, where she worked for many years at the cosmetics counter and as a buyer for the store from 1959 until 1977. In 1977, Connie opened a store of her own known as “Under the Sun”, which was a gift and bath shop known throughout the region. Under the Sun quickly became a landmark in the Fort Madison downtown business community. The business quickly grew and expanded over the years, and in 1982 Connie opened a second business known as “The Avenue” in downtown Fort Madison selling Hallmark cards, candy and gifts. In 1994, Connie opened yet another store also located in Fort Madison, known as the “Under the Sun Next Door Store” with a vast array of seasonal holiday products, collectibles and unique food items. In 2000, Ron retired from Burrows Packaging to join with Connie in the family business ventures as partner and collaborator.
Connie was a member of the Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce, Fort Madison Main Street, the Potowonok Circle of King’s Daughters and the Holy Family Catholic Parish and its Altar & Rosary Society. She was a past nominee for Business Woman of the Year, and a loyal volunteer for community Meals on Wheels and elementary school eye screenings. She enjoyed tennis, golf, frogging, fishing, and travel to Jamaica, Mexico and the major gift markets, but most of all she loved spending time with family.
Connie is survived by her husband, Ron, together with four special feline fur babies known as Boots E, The Colonel, Grey Squirrel and Precious. She is also survived by her brother, Doyle Hoyer, sister-in-law, Linda (Wesley) Groene, and brother-in-law, Raymond (Sharon) Barnes. She is survived by nephews Gary (Lynn) Hoyer, Chad (Mindy) Ward, and Lee (Carla) Barnes, and nieces Jeanne (Brad) Hoyer Deery, Janis (Brad) Hoyer Randolph, and Dawn Barnes Wheeler. She loved and adored her many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, several cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as sister-in-law Bert (Bremhorst) Hoyer and niece Shereen (Owen) Zytnowski.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 with the family to receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory in Fort Madison, Iowa. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church with Rev. Mark P. Spring officiating. Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery. Memorials have been established for P.A.W. Animal Shelter or Holy Family Parish in Fort Madison. The family extends a special acknowledgement of appreciation and gratitude to the staff at The Kensington/Primrose Path and Great River Hospice for their kindness and support. Online condolences to Connie’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.