Connie M. Orness, 73, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Jamestown, ND, and Valley City, ND, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020, at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.
Connie M. Orness, 73, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Jamestown, ND, and Valley City, ND, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020, at CHI, St. Alexius Health, Devils Lake Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, services and burial in the Calvary Cemetery in Jamestown will be held at a later date. Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake. Connie Marie Albright, daughter of Clarence and Vilma (Dahl) Albright was born on Dec. 11, 1946, in Sharon, ND. She was raised in Jamestown and graduated from St. John’s Academy in Jamestown. Connie was married to Stanley Robert Orness from 1963 to 1980 and they were the proud parents of four children. They established their home in Valley City and in 1966 moved to Aberdeen, SD. Connie was a member of the Jayceettes, was very involved in Scouting and also in the “Racing Scene”/motor sports. They also opened their home and their hearts to many foster children through the years. A move back to Valley City in 1976 brought many new adventures and they were owners and operators of several businesses there. Connie then made the move to Minnesota, where her two youngest children graduated from Park Rapids High School. Eventually, Connie made the move to Devils Lake to be closer to her children. Her caring heart included living in Arizona for several years caring for her mother and eventually bringing her to Devils Lake, caring for Vilma until her death in 2017. Throughout her life, Connie worked many jobs to make ends meet and support her family. She loved every opportunity she had to attend her kids/grandkids events and treasured spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was always willing to lend a hand teaching crafts and gardening - “passing on the love!” Connie’s passion was always sewing and crafting. After moving to Devils Lake, Connie and her daughter had “The Little Shop On The Corner”, “Just For YOU!! Empowering YOU!!”. Connie put so much into the shop and loved working with all the customers. She supported all the crafters as if they were her children. She always had your back whether you crafted or were a customer. Connie’s loving family include; her children, Jamie Paul (Ronnette) Orness, Rebecca Ann (Bill) Person, and Michael Wade (Cassi) Orness all of Devils Lake and Timothy Lee (Brenda) Orness of West Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Jannelle (Kent) Stevens, Jamie (fiancé Curt Mathiason) Orness, Robert (fiancé Jordan McGath) Orness, Jaydee Orness, Tara (Kurt) Franke, Tina (Josh) Elverud, Hunter Person (Bailey Quam), Elizabeth Orness, Evan Orness and Harper Orness; great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Stevens, Brayden Stevens, Abbigail (T) Anderson, Ayden Martinson, Ryder Elverud and Kane Elverud; brothers, Bryan (Mary) Albright of Jamestown, and Rod (Diane) Albright of Billings, MT; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by; her parents, Clarence and Vilma; stepfather, John Sanders; and brothers, Jimmy and Phillip Albright. Please keep Connie’s family in your prayers. Due to COVID-19 restrictions a graveside service and burial will be held at a later date at the Calvary Cemetery in Jamestown.