Constance Ann Schmalz passed away on April 22, 2023, at the age of 82. Connie was born in San
Bernardino, CA, and lived in Laguna Beach before moving to Palm Springs. She also spent time living in
Beverly Hills with family friends while modeling. She lived next door to Lucille Ball and Jimmy Stewart.
She loved books and finished Gone with the Wind in the 4th grade.
As a young lady, she was a camp counselor in Yosemite National Park. Connie loved sports and was an
exceptionally strong swimmer. She always laughed about her first-time swimming in Colorado because
she couldn’t stay afloat. She was used to swimming in the saltwater of the Pacific. She loved horses for
the entirety of her life and was a horseback guide in Estes Park.
Connie was responsible to watch over her younger sister, Kathy which she did throughout their
childhood. They enjoyed many adventures together on horseback, playing at the beach, and maintaining
some sisterly spirit with some wild encounters that may have involved a scorpion or two.
After High School, Connie moved to Gunnison and attended Western State College, where she met Bill,
her husband of 54 years. They shared their affinity for horses which provided them with many
adventures. Those adventures created many wonderful friendships. They welcomed five children
together and Connie kept herself busy with them while also caring for Bill.
She sold real estate for several companies and eventually owned her own: Schmalz & Company, logoed
with a horseshoe and a columbine meaning, you are lucky to live in Colorado. Throughout her real estate
career, she met many friends and enjoyed her work immensely.
Connie was always there for support. She was taking care of Bill, cheering for her kids in sports, talking to
friends and family on the phone, cooking for her neighbors, and always mentoring as a grandmother and
great-grandmother. Connie never hesitated to give advice, everyone who knew her received advice at
some point. She always had the best of intentions and wanted to help others.
Connie made her own place in the world as an advocate, a mother, a friend, a gardener, and a lover of
horses. During the last few years, Connie reflected on her beautiful family, friends, and her picturesque
view from her kitchen window of God's creation whether it be the Grand Mesa, Mt. Garfield, the deer,
the turkeys, or the land she loved.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and husband. Connie is survived by her sons Pat
(Julie), Eric (Nikki), Jon (Jessi), daughters Casey (Kelly) Barry, Michelle (Luke) Tucker, sister Kathy (S. Jay)
Miller, grandchildren; Simon, Mallory (Joshua) Haney, Mackenzie, Madison, Alison, Hadley, Hyatt
Schmalz, Grayson Barry, Emma, and Mena Tucker, also great-grandchildren; Kylar, Mattis, and Vedder
Haney, her nephews Albert Isordia, Fred, Shane, Rod, and Mike Schmalz, Jess, and Jim Ritter, her nieces
Vicky Briggs, Jackie Dodart, and Jeannine Smith, cousins Roger Steelman and Serena Potter.
Connie’s children will be having a luncheon in Connie’s honor on Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 11:00 AM at
the Redlands Community Center in Grand Junction, CO.
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