Connie Schiavi Matejek
We celebrate the life of Connie Schiavi Matejek, who has gone home to be with the Lord after years of battling illness. She is survived by her four children: Deanna Maynard, Barbara Hilton, Rhonda Love, and David Scott Herrmann; her eight grandchildren: Jacob Herrmann, Colton Herrmann, Timothy Maynard, Ian Maynard, Kristen Rowland, Curtis Rowland, Justin Gitto, and Lauren Gitto; her three great-grandchildren: Harper Rowland-Baskette, Grant Gitto, and Brady Herrmann; her brother and sister-in-law Lenny and Lynn Schiavi; and her sister-in-law Sally Herrmann Presti. She will be missed by all who knew her. The second child of Leo and Modesta Schiavi, Connie was born in New Jersey in 1939. She graduated from South Plainfield High School (Go, Tigers!) and married her childhood sweetheart, David Herrmann, fulfilling her dream of being a loving mother and wife. Always willing to do whatever it took to make sure her children had everything they needed, Connie worked many jobs in her life, including chiropractic assistant, retail manager, and entrepreneur. Her last job before retirement was Assistant Manager for the Holy Trinity Thrift Store, where she coordinated a staff of volunteers for more than a decade and served as a volunteer herself for twice that long. There she made some of the strongest friendships of her life. Connie had a heart for those in need and served in many ministries, using her creativity and artistic talent to bring joy to hundreds of people. As part of the Kindness Rocks painting community, she gave away thousands of pieces of her inspirational and often whimsical artwork. In her honor, we will be hiding her remaining Kindness Rocks around the communities where she lived, in hopes that they will continue to bring a smile to the faces of those who find them.