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Constance Robinson Cormier (Connie), 79, of Broad Brook, wife of Robert J. Cormier, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 at home.
Born in Manchester, Connie was the daughter of the late James W. Brand and Eleanor (Robinson) Brand. Connie is survived by her children, Andrew Zapatka and daughter-in-law, Lisa, of West Hartford, Paul Zapatka of East Windsor, daughter, Michelle Reid and son-in-law, Richard and granddaughter, Brielle, of Simsbury. She is also survived by her brothers, Steve Brand and sister-in-law, Norma of Orafino, Idaho and Greg Brand and sister-in-law, Leslie of Columbia, CT. as well as, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and great-grandniece and great-grandnephew.
Connie graduated from Manchester High School in 1959. She always had an adventurous spirit, and developed an early love of nature, camping and hiking which she would enjoy throughout her life. In 1958, while visiting a friend in Salt Lake City, Connie joined her family in Jackson Hole for a trip to Yellowstone National Park. This adventure would inspire Connie to take cross country trips to the Canadian Rockies with her family five times.

After graduating high school, Connie attended the New Britain General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1962. She worked as an emergency room nurse before marrying Leonard A. Zapatka and raising their three children in Southington.

Connie loved to sew, knit, and craft, most of all, Connie was an avid spinner. A longtime member of the Nutmeg Spinners Guild, Connie loved the art of spinning fiber and educated the public in spinning demonstrations.

After raising her children, Connie returned to nursing in private practices, retiring in the mid-1990's. Connie met Robert J. Cormier on the floors of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 1989 and fell in love for a second time in life, marrying in 1991. Connie and Robert settled in Broad Brook in 1995 and have been members of the Broad Brook Congregational Church since 1997. Connie served as a deacon for a number of years there. Married for 30 years, Connie and Bob took a memorable vacation to Hawaii for their 10th anniversary and crossed the United States and Canada in 2004.

Though a nurse by profession, Connie was the world's best "Dr. Mom." She was a first class caregiver to her children, her family, as a volunteer for hospice, and as a certified clown entertaining children with cancer.

She had a great love for organ and banjo music which she grew up listening to from family members and playing the organ herself.

Her children remember her most as having a beautiful smile, sparkling blue eyes and being her children's best cheerleader. She always included a smiley face on notes, gave the best hugs, and had the softest hands ever, just perfect for holding! We all love and miss you dearly...forever!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CCMCF, Connecticut Children's Medical Center Foundation, 282 Washington St. Hartford, CT 06106