Obituary: Connie Marie Gruber |

Obituary: Connie Marie Gruber

July 23, 1950 – March 24, 2013

Connie Marie Gruber of Cocoa, Florida died on March 24th, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

Connie was born in Easton, Pennsylvania on July 23, 1950, and was the daughter of Vernon Chester Kaniper and Edna Elizabeth Kaniper. Connie grew up in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, and was a former resident of Keystone.

After graduating from college, Connie taught high school math and computer programming in Harrisburg. She was married on September 28, 1973, and relocated with Jerry Gruber, formerly of Easton, Pennsylvania, to Phoenix, Arizona. After receiving a second Masters Degree from Arizona State University, Connie was recruited by General Dynamics in San Diego, California, where she worked in Marketing. They eventually moved to Dallas, Texas, where Connie was employed at Texas Instruments Software Division as Regional Sales Manager of the North America Channels Division.

They relocated often and always sought new adventures. While living in Golden, Colorado, Connie was employed by Baan Software as a Senior Client Executive. She then “retired” to their second home in Keystone, Colorado, where she was the Executive Director of the Keystone Neighbourhood Company.

She ended her working career doing part-time work for the National Repertory Orchestra of Breckenridge, Colorado, and finally with The Lake Dillon Foundation For The Performing Arts, both as a Marketing Consultant. Additionally, she worked part time for Weight Watchers.

Connie was always involved with athletics and enjoyed bicycling, running, kayaking and hiking. Upon totally retiring, she volunteered at the National Repertory Orchestra, The Lake Dillon Amphitheater, and the Cocoa Village Playhouse.

She is survived by her husband Jerry of Cocoa, Florida; mother Edna Kaniper of Phoenix, Arizona; sisters Sharon Tindell of Scottsdale, Arizona and Carol McClain of Little Rock, Arkansas; and nieces Nancy, Alexa and Lara, and nephews Brett and Carlo. She was predeceased in death by her father Vernon Kaniper and sister Larriatta.

Donations honoring Connie can be made to The National Repertory Orchestra, P.O. Box 6336, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424, The Lake Dillon Foundation For The Performing Arts, P.O. Box 2625, Dillon, Colorado 80435, and The Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave., Cocoa, Florida 32922.

She tackled her career goals with enthusiasm and spirit and will be remembered as a good leader with strong communicative skills. Connie was a compassionate woman with wisdom and courage.

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