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November 23, 2010 > Obituary: Consuelo 'Connie' Burnett

Obituary: Consuelo 'Connie' Burnett

June 17, 1923 - November 5, 2010

Consuelo 'Connie' Burnett, a 50-year resident of Fremont, California, aged 87, passed away on November 5, 2010, at home with her family.

Connie was born in El Paso, Texas on June 17, 1923 to the late Juan Ambriz Vargas and Maximina Bautista Vargas. She graduated from El Paso High School in 1941 then went on to excel at cosmetology school. As a young woman, Connie worked as a hairdresser in Hollywood where she delighted in rubbing elbows with beautiful, regal women and immaculately coiffed and pampered celebrities.

Following a move to Fremont, Connie proudly served the Tri-City community as a volunteer for The Arc of Alameda County, and was a strong advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Connie also provided respite care in her home to children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, giving much needed relief to other devoted caregivers and their families.

Connie enjoyed listening to 'KGO News Talk' radio, following current events, keeping herself and her home beautiful, dressing up and going to 'socials,' taking vacations with her late husband, Joseph, and being the best mother and friend in the world to her daughter, Coree. She will be remembered for her graceful demeanor, impeccable sense of style, silly sense of humor, and unwavering, unselfish devotion to her sister, Alice.

Connie is survived by her loving daughter, Coree and Son-In-Law, Wolfgang, of Fremont, by her sister, Alice Vargas, for whom she provided a happy home and loving care for 49 years, and by her sisters: Francisca, Elvira, Maria, Celia, Guadalupe, and Ofelia.

A memorial service will be held in Connie's honor at 3 p.m., on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the Fremont Memorial Chapel ¥ 3723 Peralta Boulevard ¥ Fremont, CA ¥ (510) 793-8900.

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation or volunteer some valuable time to: Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay, 2320 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 www.aseb.org.

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