Connie Ackels

August 22, 1934 — April 28, 2020

Connie Ackels

Connie Ackels, 85, of Ovid, MI passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Ovid Healthcare Center, Ovid, MI.

Connie was born August 22, 1934 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Max Ranney and Dorothy Belle (McGinley) Smith.

Connie married Wayne Ackels of Ovid on October 24, 1953. They were married for 50 years.  Connie was a kind and gentle person to all who knew her and loved her family dearly. She enjoyed camping, mushroom hunting, cooking, and writing letters to her distant family members.  She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in St. Johns, MI.  When she was able, she enjoyed sharing her faith with others.

Connie is survived by her daughters: Melanie (James) Lyon of Ovid; Roxanne (Robert) Baumgras of Ovid; as well as grandchildren: Kristi (Francis) Grandstaff of Three Rivers MI; Ben (Jamie) Cox of St. Louis MI; Rebecca (Jeremy) Canze of Owosso MI; Randy (Erin) Lyon of Bennington, VT; Rachel Baumgras of Ovid MI; and Aimee (Kenneth) Burch of Ovid MI; 7 great grandchildren: Haven Canze, Kiera Canze, Avah Burch, Lillianna Lyon, Amelia Lyon, Darien Cox, and Genavieve Cox; and brother-in-law Gordon Hopkins of Lansing MI.  Connie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Wayne Ackels in 2004, brother Max Smith, and sister Olive (Sue) Hopkins.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

Online condolences can be made at The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Houghton Chapel, Ovid, MI.

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