Connie Joan Mattern

January 14, 1944 ‒ January 01, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Constance  Joan (Whitaker) Mattern, 76 of Marion passed away peacefully, New Years Day Morning, January 1, 2021 surrounded by her loving and caring family.

Connie was born January 14, 1944 in Springfield, Ohio to the late Harold E. & Janet E. (Smoot) Whitaker, the only daughter, she shared a special bond with her brother Richard. Connie graduated from Springfield South High School 1961, and would go on to get her cosmetologist certification. Connie was employed with  Micro Industries in Westerville, Gilson Company in Lewis Center, Abott & Company in Marion, Fiserv Health in Harrington, and for Service Merchandise and Gateway, both out of Marion.

Connie met, and later married Thom Gross. And they began their family before he was stationed over in Germany during the Vietnam War, Connie followed him. After the came from Germany, they made a home for themselves in Marion, Ohio and completed their family. Connie was a member of the First United Church of Christ in Marion where she attended for a number of years.

Connie was proceeded in death by her parents.

Left to cherish her memory are her 4 boys, Douglas (Jamie), Bryan (Jennifer), Gregg, and Brent (Kandy) Gross; grandchildren, who she loved so deeply Kassi (Shawn) Galloway, Kortney (Ben) McKinniss, Andrew, Logan, and Ryder Gross; four great-grandchildren Tucker, Isabella, Atlas, and Kynlee; brother Richard (Dion) Whitaker.

Connie loved her “Westerville Girls”, and had many friends that were precious to her. Connie was full of life, and her family was her greatest accomplishment in life. Her extended family included her son’s friends, and anyone that needed a mother. She will be remembered as the loving, and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister that she was.

Pastor Robin Keating will officiate a celebration of Connie’s Life on January 16, 2021 at 11:00 am at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 930 Harding Memorial Parkway, Marion, Ohio 43302.

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • So many memories growing up as friends of the Gross brothers. Her home was a welcoming place for us all. She will be missed. Our condolences to her family. Judge & Mrs. W.T. Edwards

  • RIP Connie. Your home was like a second home to myself and anyone else who grew up with your sons. Thank you for treating me like one of your own. You will be greatly missed but are in a better place now.
    To the Gross brothers and Thom I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Our deepest sympathy to each of you. No one was a more loving, supportive, or proud parent. It was a treat to run into her at Kroger’s because she would catch me up on your lives. May your treasured memories provide comfort at this difficult time. Denise and Gary Iams

  • My sympathy and prayers go out to the boys and the family. She was a sweet lady and we enjoyed knowing her. She was always smiling when she was with her family and was such a support to them. May God grant you peace at this time of loss.

  • One of my dearest friends! The trips we took were so much fun, all that went will truly miss you. I will always remember the good times we had. My sincere thoughts are with Bryon, the one I knew best, and Connie’s other three boys.

  • Our family was so blessed to be your neighbors! Our thoughts are filled with many loving memories of Connie. Steven called her Mommy Connie. She dried Suzanne’s tears and “unglued” her super glued fingers! She answered questions about cooking…….. We loved her and missed her when everyone moved on. Our deepest sympathy goes to the boys and their families.

  • My deepest sympathy to you boys. Your mom and I were always good friends since Cosmetology School. She was a very sincere, loving caring person. She was always very happy to welcome you into her home with lots of love and laughter! She was also a wonderful cook. Your mom was so proud of her boys! She was always there for you through the good times and hard times🥰 Until you see her again….. just take the beautiful memories with you! Gone to soon😢 Connie will be greatly missed by many whose lives she touched❤️RIP

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