Constance “Connie” Long Studer, 77, of Sheridan, passed away in Billings, Mont., on April 3, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Connie was born on Sept. 3, 1935, in Billings, daughter of Malcolm and Thelma Long. She grew up in Billings, attending Billings Senior High School, and received degrees in education from the University of Oregon and Eastern Montana College, and she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
She married the love of her life, Dean Studer, on April 22, 1957, and they spent the majority of their 56 years in Montana. As co-owners of Studer Construction Company, they spent several years living in parts of Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming, including two years in Yellowstone National Park, working on highway construction jobs. Together, they raised seven children, even while on the road and living in construction trailers. While raising their children, Connie spent over 30 years dedicated to the Girl Scouts of America, Junior League and Saint Vincent DePaul. Connie was a long-time member of the Yellowstone Country Club, Spanish Trails Club in Las Vegas and, most recently, the Powder Horn Club in Sheridan, where she played in the Ladies Golf Leagues. She was a devout Catholic and committed much of her personal time to supporting the church. She was also committed to several local charities, including Mayfair (she was one of the original founders), the Billings Catholic Schools, the Youth Search Program, and the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark.
Connie is survived by her seven children, Kathy (Craig) Wiggs, Chrissy (Mark) Walker, Colleen (Nels) Houghton, Caroline (Matt) Thelen, Cece Feltman, Dean (Lizz) Studer Jr., and Cynthia (Mike) Bradley; 23 grandchildren and one pending great-grandchild; her sister, Cynthia Foster; and her brother, Joel Long. She was preceded in death by her parents, Malcolm and Thelma Long; and grandson, Joseph Walker.
Family and friends will gather for a Vigil Service on Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the charity of your choice.