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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Constance Joy Breyer
November 2, 1943 - February 1, 2024


Public Events and Locations

Visitation - Saturday, February 24, 2024, 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Calvary Presbyterian Church, Willow Grove
Funeral Service - Saturday, February 24, 2024, 10:00 AM at Calvary Presbyterian Church, Willow Grove
Graveside Service - Saturday, February 24, 2024, 12:00 PM at Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler

Contacts

Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Calvary Presbyterian Church - 405 North Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0554 - Map
Cemetery - Whitemarsh Memorial Park - 1169 Limekiln Pike, Ambler, PA 19002 - 215-646-7500 - Map
Family Florist - LeRoy’s Flowers and Gifts, Inc - 409 West County Line Road, Hatboro, PA 19040 - 215-323-5407 - Map
Donation - Calvary Presbyterian Church - 405 North Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0554 - Map

The following was composed by Connie’s family:

Our beloved Connie Breyer went into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 1, 2024. 

Constance “Connie” Joy Breyer always lived up to her middle name. She embraced 80 years of life spreading boundless joy and love to everyone she encountered. Connie was born to two loving and devoted parents, Calman and Dorothy Kish, on November 2, 1943. She had a wonderful childhood which was spent in North Plainfield, NJ, graduating from North Plainfield High School in 1961. 

Connie’s love for family and her faith in Jesus Christ defined her life.  At the age of 16 at a high school Young Life meeting, Connie accepted Jesus as her Savior. Her faith grew by leaps and bounds over the next several years as she voraciously learned all she could about Christianity. Upon high school graduation, Connie attended Beaver College where she was President of the YWCA campus club and leader for the local Young Life group. She graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. After college she shared an apartment with five close friends and they dubbed themselves the P31 club, inspired by Proverbs 31. This cherished friendship of almost 60 years endured throughout her lifetime, marked by regular gatherings, lots of emails back and forth, and heartfelt phone calls. Connie also had numerous other lifelong friends from grade school, high school, college and church whom she regularly kept in touch with. 

An integral chapter in Connie's life unfolded when she felt the Lord calling her to go to L'Abri in Switzerland at the age of 25. Set in the picturesque Swiss Alps, she worked and lived there in a small chalet for a year while studying and hearing lectures about theology and the Christian faith. At L'Abri her faith deepened and she drew even closer to the Lord, solidifying her commitment to live wholeheartedly for Jesus the rest of her life. L'Abri is also where she met Rich Breyer and they got married soon after in 1970. Connie then taught 3rd grade at Cold Spring Elementary School in Upper Moreland for the first three years of marriage. They then had two daughters, Christine and Cyndi. Connie then left teaching to become a stay-at-home-mom.

Connie's unwavering love for family and her Christian faith continued to define her as she became a cherished member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Pennsylvania during the 1970s. It was within this church community that she taught many Sunday School classes and where both of her daughters were regular attenders with her. Connie served as Sunday School Superintendent, passionately coordinating Sunday school activities and seasonal events, garnering love and appreciation from the entire congregation.  Recently she expressed her gratitude for the church family. Connie wrote to friends, “I really do love my church. I've been a member there now for over 50 years and am so thankful for this body of believers.”

After her girls graduated high school, Connie started working at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential. She found tremendous purpose and joy working for this organization. She always beamed with pride at the life changing work being done at The Institutes helping children with brain injuries thrive and healthy children live to their fullest potential.  

Connie’s blue eyes sparkled the brightest in the presence of her two daughters, Christine and Cyndi. Connie was happiest cheering them on during their school activities. Her homemade signs and fist pumps into the air with an extremely loud “wahoo” encouraged her daughters greatly as well as the rest of the team. She was always their biggest fan, their loving counselor and their greatest role model.

A friendly, competitive spirit emerged in Connie during family game nights and Philadelphia Eagles football games, where her infectious passion and joy made her everyone's preferred teammate. She loved playing any kind of game and was just a very fun person to be around. Her laugh was completely contagious! Her favorite games were Pictionary and Scrabble and she was always up for doing any kind of puzzle. She was extremely witty and was known for her clever and well-written text or email replies. Her loved ones always looked forward to corresponding with her.  

Connie had a love of flowers, plants and gardening. She even had her own greenhouse in her home which brought her so much joy. She was known to have fresh bouquets of flowers scattered throughout her house which only added to the warmth of her home. She also was an avid reader and was very knowledgeable about many different topics making her an excellent conversationalist. However, her family and friends would say they mostly appreciated how well she listened. Connie genuinely knew how to empathize with others. She was also a prayer warrior, someone you could always count on to pray for you at any time no matter what. 

As a devoted grandmother, she doted on her 5 grandchildren. All were greeted with a wide smile and outstretched arms. She’d clap her hands together and exclaim with joy her excitement of them being there. With the younger ones, she'd spend hours and hours up in the playroom joining them in whatever activity they were doing; she was in her element doing that! She also enjoyed attending countless performances and sporting events to cheer on her grandchildren. The energy she put into making visits special was intentional and well received. Games, special treats, delicious smells on the stovetop, and holiday decor left enduring and warm impressions on her guests. Her famous refrigerator was decorated with a mosaic of photos of all her family and closest friends. She was always happy to review each photo and her personal connection. 

In her own words recently shared with family during her 80th birthday celebration: “In summary, … I’ve had a full, rich life and I am extremely thankful for it.”  She leaves behind a legacy of faith, love and joy to so many dear friends and family. Connie is survived by her daughters Christine (Andrew) DerMovsesian and Cyndi (Matthew) Slaven, and 5 adoring grandchildren, Jeremy and Benjamin DerMovsesian and Cora Joy, Abigail and Ellie Slaven. Also left to cherish her memory are her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Paul Davignon, and three nieces and nine grand nieces and nephews. 

Services were held at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 405 North Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Visitation at 9 am, Funeral Services at 10 am, Graveside Service at noon at Whitemarsh Memorial Park in Ambler. Your presence to honor Connie is deeply appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Calvary Presbyterian Church, 405 North Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

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