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Connie Kirby

Jun 13th, 1944 - Jan 23rd, 2023

Funeral:  3 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation:  1 until 3 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home

Interment:  St. Stephen Cemetery, Flora


     Connie Lou (Sulsberger) Kirby, age 78, of Flora, Illinois, went to her Heavenly home on Monday, January 23, 2023.

     She was born June 13, 1944, in Vernal, Utah, the daughter of James Carroll and Virginia Lucille (McGannon) Sulsberger.  Connie married Micheal “Mike” Warren Sr. on April 19, 1960, and together they raised three children, Michael Jr., Marsha, and Michele.  Later in life, on May 4, 1985, Connie was united in marriage to H. E. “Kirby” and together they raised their son, Troy.  Kirby preceded her in death on December 13, 1998.  

     For over 30 years, Connie enjoyed serving the students of the Flora School District.  One of her most cherished memories is saving the life of a child.  Connie finished out her food services career at the Clay County Hospital.  She was a member of the Flora United Methodist Church, and enjoyed countless hours spent on the Happy Color app, connecting with her family through Snapchat, and working Word Find puzzles.  Spending time with both her family, and her longtime cat companion, Blackie, brought a smile to her face.

     She is survived by 4 children: Mikey (Lorna) Warren Jr. of Louisville, Marsha (David) Rudy of Flora, Shelly (Johnny) Zink of Louisville, and Troy Kirby of Flora; grandchildren: Sara (Ben) Wochner, Nick Rudy, Bryan (Jennifer) Rudy, Jantzen (Hank) Borries, John Logan (Kaitlin) Zink, Jonah Zink, Cassandra Warren, Kya Warren (Michael), Connie Warren (Ezra), Whitney (Aaron) McCaherty, Madison Kirby (Tanner Prater), and Lyndi (Dusty) Thompson; great-grandchildren: Carlie, Kate, Brady, Cam, Wesley, Ellarie, Vera, Jack, John Lucas, Josephine, Jordan, Rosalie, Kirra, Lucy, Ellie, Asher, Foster, Jocelyn, Sterling, and Tripp; siblings: Jim (Sandy) Sulsberger, Jane (Phil) Henson, Pat Ridgeway, Dan (Sally) Sulsberger, Lou (Beth) Sulsberger, Bob (Becky) Sulsberger, Helen (John) Powless, and Ginny (Steve) Rudy; and several nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kirby, and her former husband, Mike Warren; and a brother-in-law: Bill Ridgeway.

     A funeral ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Pastor Mark Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in St. Stephen Cemetery, Flora.  Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Meals on Wheels or Flora United Methodist Church and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Mike and Martha Ober

January 24th

Mike and I send our love and sympathy to the family of Connie. We both were high school classmates of Connie. She was so sweet and we have the fondest memories of her.

Glenda Cooper

January 24th

Shelly and family I am so sorry to hear this, she was such a sweetheart. I pray God will be with you all at this very hard time.

Gina Douthit

January 24th

I am so sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences. Love you all.

Cousin Fran

January 24th

To all who knew and loved Connie I share in your grief through the years we as cousins her Father, Carroll and my Mother, Margie were brother and sister. So the distance between Illinois and Ohio being what it was we didn’t get to see each other as much as other cousins but we as part of the Sulsberger Family were BLESSED with gathering together each and every July to celebrate our Grandparents Francis and Ethel’s Family and love of family! Connie and her family as well as her brothers and sisters and families would drive from Illinois to Ohio the second weekend in July - just for the weekend that’s how much love they had for the family! As years went on and Connie got ill, she was unable to make the trip, but we all kept in contact through her siblings who continued to make that drive each and every July until 2019! And for some years thanks to FACEBOOK we have all been able to keep in contact and see marriages, births unfortunately passing of loved ones, also. Myself and other cousins from Ohio made the trip to Illinois maybe 5 years ago and were able to visit with sweet Connie in person! I know I am thankful for making that trip is I am sure the other cousins are as well! Rest In Peace my sweet beautiful cousin and what a joyous reunion with our Lord and Savior and her Parents, and other loved ones gone before her. You will be missed Much love and sincere sympathy Cousin Fran

Bud & Linda Martin

January 24th

So sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. She was a sweet soul and always had a big happy smile. Our prayers and thoughts are with her children, her siblings and the remainder of her family. RIP Connie❤️

Nick & Vera DeWeese

January 24th

Sorry for your loss I will miss her I loved visiting with her when I delivered meals on wheels. She was a sweet lady,

Wayne and Diane Becker

January 24th

So sorry for your loss of sister Connie Pat Ginny Jane Dan Louie Bobby Helen you are in are prayers 🙏 and thoughts and to her children Marsha Shelley and Mike

Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford

January 24th

Rick and I are so very sorry to hear of Connie's passing. She was a wonderful woman, from being a daughter, sister, wife, mother.... she handled it all making it look so easy. May she Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻

Monica McGrath

January 24th

I’m so very sorry to hear this. Thinking of and praying for you all, Shelly, Marsha, and family.

Charlie and Patty Peters

January 25th

You have our deepest sympathies. Connie was such a sweetheart, always smiling. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Kay Fritch

January 25th

Connie was such a special lady with a beautiful family that she loved so much. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Barbara and Henry Gill

January 25th

to Connie’s family, We are so sorry to learn of Connie’s passing. She was such a sweet friendly lady. She always had a smile. Our sympathy to you all, especially to Mike, Marsha and Shelly and their families.

Les & Stacy Higgason

January 25th

We will always cherish the memories we have of great times , and friendship we shared with Connie , Kirby , Bill and Jean at Trago Lake all those years ago . Rest in peace Connie , you were a great friend .

Billy & Candy Harrell

January 25th

Mike, Marsha, Shelly, Troy and the entire Sulsberger family: we are so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joe and Pam Harrell

January 25th

We are very sorry for your loss. Connie could brighten up the room with her beautiful smile and friendly personality. She will be missed. Prayers for the family.

Shelly Allen

January 25th

Marsha, Shelley, Lorna and all the family, so sorry to hear of Connie's passing. What a sweet sweet smile she always had on her face. Prayers and hugs to all of you.

Shawn Higgason

January 25th

To her 4 children & her very large family I know she will be very missed. But, I know you have the comfort of knowing where she is at this very moment & she will be enjoying eternity there! She’s definitely one of the strongest people I’ve ever met. Love ya Connie, until we meet again!

Sharon and Mike Gray

January 25th

I went to FTHS with Connie and always enjoyed visiting with her. She always had a smile and was a fun loving lady. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.

Alan and Norma Buck

January 25th

Sympathy is extended to The Family . Sorry for Your Loss.

January 25th

She was always such a supportive person and always had a smile and encouraging word. Thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

Judy Lusk

January 25th

Connie was a wonderful lady. I worked at CCH when Connie did. I can't ever remember not seeing a friendly smile on her face for everyone she saw. My condolences to all of her family. She will be missed by all of us that knew her. Rest In Peace, Connie

Tony and Judy Richars

January 25th

Judy and I send our deepest sympathies. RIP Connie.....

Debra Modlin

January 25th

So sorry to hear of the passing of this sweet lady. I know u will miss her dearly and all who knew her. May God comfort each and everyone during this time.

Larry and Donna Milner

January 25th

So sorry for your loss, Connie was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

Doug & Kim Smith

January 25th

Shelly and family so very sorry about the loss of your Mom. Thinking of you all at this sad time and sending our love.

Joan Dunn

January 25th

So sorry for your loss of your loved one,Connie, Sulsberger families. She will be missed by many!

Becky Stanford Stocke

January 25th

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. Grew up with Connie so she was always a special friend. She will be missed !

Susan Good Burroughs

January 25th

Marsha and family. I will hold you all in my thoughts and prayers. I remember that smile so well!

Carolyn Scott

January 25th

So sorry for your loss.

Steve and Linda Spicer

January 25th

Connie always happily worked hard to serve others. Prayers for all of her family.

Walter J. Chaney

January 25th

Prayers for comfort for your family! Hugs!

Leisha Fry

January 25th

Dear Marsha, Mike, Shelly and Ginny, I can see Connie's big smile at innumerable events - volleyball, basketball, track meets, football games. She was always so loving and kind. She is a big part of my memories of Flora. I am sorry that she is gone. You are all in my thoughts. With love!

Sam & Ramona Anderson

January 25th

Sending our sincere condolences to her siblings. Prayers for all her loved ones at this time of sorrow.

Barbara Burton

January 25th

Connie was a very special lady. She was good to everyone. I loved to hear her laugh

Jeff & Marti Ruger

January 26th

So sorry for your loss.

Mike & Kayla Anderson

January 26th

Known Connie & family for a long time. Very sweet lady with a big smile. Prayers for the family. Sorry for your loss.

Joe and Rita Haines

January 25th

Shelly,Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was always smiling and such a sweet lady. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We Love you.

Mary Hutchens

January 25th

So sad to hear of sweet Connie's passing. To everyone of her family members I send a hug.

Tami Martin

January 26th

Please, know that my thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Connie was a beautiful person and I know Harold loved her so much. ❤️. It was a joy to know her and for her to be a part of our family.

Betty Whelan kanzler

January 27th

So sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. We were Classmates at St. Stephen’s Catholic grade school for 8 years, then FTHS Classmates. The Whelan’s grew up with the Sulsberger’s children. We had a lot of good times. RIP Connie!

Families of Louisa and Phyllis Zink

January 26th

Sorry for the loss of your cherished mother, and grandmother. May God hold you and your families close during this difficult passing.

Diana Pemberton

January 25th

She was such a sweet lady and her smile could light up a room.

Betty Tucker Simmons

January 25th

May God bless Connie in his house forever, with love

Steve Welty SR and Ruthie,

January 25th

Ruthie and I extend our deepest condolences!

Willie and Dana Johnson

January 25th

Sorry for your loss our condolences

Mike Conley

January 26th

To all of Connie's family I'm sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.

Nancy Frazier

January 27th

Marsha I so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. May God keep you and your family in His loving arms.

Beverly White

January 26th

So sorry to hear about this. Muy prayers go out to the family and all that knew her.

Doris Stanfield

January 26th

Shelly, Johnny and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to all.

Denise Anderson

January 26th

So sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet and kind souĺ.

Mike and Glora Beck

January 26th

Sorry for your loss.

Don & Mary Ellen Knapp

January 27th

We are so sorry to learn about Connie. The community has lost such a special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be missed!

Rhesa Eckelberry

January 31st

So sorry for your loss

Jan and Frank Herman

February 2nd

We are so very sorry for your loss!

Cynthia DeSelms

February 4th

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Connie. I will remember how she could always brighten a room with her smile.

natasha ferguson

February 12th

i am so sorry to hear about your families loss. thoughts and prayers are with you all

Steve and Lynn Wilfong

February 15th

Our sympathy to all the Sulsberger family for your loss. Love to all.



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