Connie Jean "Gra" Penn

East Tawas, Michigan
December 30, 1954 - August 28, 2020


Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and her family will celebrate her life through a memorial service at a later date which will be announced.

Obituary Notice

Connie Jean “Gra” Penn, of East Tawas, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw on Friday, August 28, 2020, age 65 years. Connie was born in Westland, Michigan to Gerlad and June (Black) Haught on December 30, 1954. She graduated from Westland John Glenn High School with the class of 1972, and soon after married her very best friend and love of her life, Richard J. Penn on September 20, 1974 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Livonia. Connie and Richard then moved to the Tawas Area. She worked at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital for a while, and then Connie began her long career as a Dental Assistant and Office Manager with Dr. Friedman and Dr. McKinley. She really enjoyed working in the dentistry profession, and Connie had the opportunity to help clients, who soon became friends and would become long lasting positive relationships. Connie had such a huge heart and truly loved to do whatever she could for people. Connie absolutely adored and cherished her 6 grandchildren, and they were the most precious gifts to her! She was passionate about the beauty of the outdoors and spending time in her garden, taking long walks, and driving to see her family on the west side of the state were so important to her. Connie was a crafty woman, and would often find relaxation in doing craft projects. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Connie is survived by her beloved husband, Rick Penn, of East Tawas; 3 loving children, Kristen (Matt) Kobs of East Tawas, Eric (Hope) Penn of Livonia, and Michael (Jamie) Penn of Hemlock; 6 adorable grandchildren, Asher, Jaxson, Ava, Camden, Colton, and Crew; her mother, June Haught of Harrietta, Michigan; 5 siblings, Shelley (Jeff) Spieth of Sand Lake, Michigan, Debra Curtis of Phoenix, Arizona, Jeffrey (Laurie) Haught of Harrietta, Michigan, Don (Cindy) Haught of Phoenix, Arizona, and Russell (Tracy) Haught of Bethany, Oklahoma; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and very special friends. Connie is preceded in death by her father, Gerald Haught; 1 brother, Ronald Haught; and 1 sister, Deana Roberts. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and her family will celebrate her life through a memorial service at a later date which will be announced. An online guest registry is available to leave a message of love and support at


Our deepest sympathies and condolences to you, Rick, your dear kids and g kids. Your Connie was one of the sweetest and her presence will be missed. Love and prayers being poured out to you all.
— Mike and Barb Siwek
So sorry for your loss. Connie was an awesome lady that will be missed by all.
— Donald Stanfill
Dear Rick and family, we send hugs and prayers. May Connie rest in peace.
— John, Laura and Jeffrey Miknyocki
Our deepest sympathies are with you all. We pray for your healing, and for the memories to live on. May Connie Rest In Peace and watch over you. Love you all.
— Lydia and Matt Flory
I can not believe she's gone! I will forever be sad that I never got to see her! She was one of a kind! She helped me through a very rough patch in my life. I will never forget her! I will always remember her laugh, and man she would tell me like it was!
— Kim Stanley
Rick and Family,
Sending our sincere condolences as we remember Connie. So sorry for your loss.
— Lee and Deb Wentworth
Rick, I am so sorry to hear about Connie. She was a great person and will be missed by many.
— Mary Doak
Rick and Family we are sadden by your loss, we will miss Connie Dearly what a wonderful person! Our hearts go out to All of you.
— Bill and Gwynn Bailey
I am so sorry to you all! Connie was always a beautiful woman inside an out! As we grow older time an life gets away from us all that we go without seeing each other! But It didn’t matter how much time went inbetween seeing her. She was always the same Connie 😊 she was definitely loved an will be greatly missed by us an so many more! RIH my sweet beautiful cousin! Prayers to all of you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
— Diana Nibarger Gambrel
Rick and family, so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.
— Dave and Sandy Ledin
Love and prayers Go rest high on that mountain . You will be greatly missed by many
— Patti and Dennis Whitford
Rick & Kristen & family; our hearts are sadden at your loss. Connie was such a rock and loving person. We remember her hard work with the Hockey Ass and her dedication to Kristen after her accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Marc & Diane St George
I will miss her. She was a very loving person I loved growing up with her we where very close cousin my heart goes out to her husband and kids and her grandkids. Sisters and brothers.
— Shirley (Lohr) Lacroix
Rick, Kristen, Eric, Michael and families, Words cannot express how saddened we are to hear about Connie. We will always treasure our memories of fun times together. She will be missed. Praying for comfort for your family. With love always, Greg & Laura
— Laura Kendall
Rick and Kristen and family...we were saddened to learn of Connie's next journey in life. Working with Connie at the hospital was a wonderful experience then knowing her via Kristen at the store in Tawas...a virtual hug to all of you ....Joe and Cathy Maxwell
— Joe and Cathy Maxwell
Rick, It broke our hearts to hear about Connie! She will be missed! Sending are love and hugs! Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!
Love you all,
Marge, Howard and the Austins
— Marge
So sorry and shocked to hear about Connie. She was such a good person and strong in so many ways. There is no doubt that she will be missed by many.
— Gary and Sandy M.
May Connie Rest-in-the-arms of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.
— Dennis & Cheryl Frank
Sending love and hugs across the miles to you, Rick, & to your family. Wonderful memories of Connie's warmth & fun & cousin love at our many "Faubert" family reunions. May God bless you all as you grieve. Ann Marie & Lauri
— Ann Marie Ahlman
Rick , our sincere condolences to you , and your family ,so sorry to hear a about Connie. Good Memories from our days on Oates Rd. RIP Connie
— Denny Oates
May God be with you during this time.. we worked with Connie at the hospital...she was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.
— David and Sandy Moe
Rick and family, I just want you to know that Mark and I are praying for you every day with the loss of Connie. We just really got to know her in the last few years and we so enjoyed looking forward to the next time. Rick , I know you are a strong man and you’ll be OK. We love to you And look forward to seeing you down in Florida next year. Mark and Sandy
— Mark & Sandy Minger
So saddened to learn of the great Penn family loss.....
— Dennis Mackovjak
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom, Kristen, Eric, and Mike. Many great childhood memories with us "Church Street" kids:)
— Desiree Decker

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