Connie Lou Zorger
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Connie Lou Zorger
Connie spent her formative years first in Stillwater and then in Midwest City before moving to Shawnee in 1953, from where she graduated in 1958. At the age of 13 Connies father passed away. While attending Shawnee High, Connie met the love of her life, Kenneth Zorger. The two were married in Denton, Texas in January of 1961, and two years later they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Christi.
As a child, Connie had a tonsillectomy and an appendectomy at the hospital in Stillwater. During her recovery she would go on patient rounds with the Sisters who staffed the hospital. This began a childhood dream of becoming a nurse, a dream which was realized when she graduated from St. Anthonys School of Nursing in Oklahoma City in 1961 as a Registered Nurse. During her tenure as an RN Connie worked at Norman Municipal Hospital as a staff nurse and then as Obstetrics Supervisor from 1961-65; as an OB Nurse at St. Josephs Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1965-67; and as an OB Nurse at Norman Hospital from 1967-72. In 1974 she graduated from the St. Francis School of Anesthesia in Wichita, Kansas with the highest boards in her class. After becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Connie worked at Norman Regional Hospital as a CRNA in the OR until 1988, at which time she was lucky enough to take a CRNA position with no call duties at Physicians Surgical Center in Norman, a position she kept until her retirement in 2009.
In her free time Connie enjoyed cooking and traveling. She and Kenny traveled extensively in Mexico, New Mexico, and Arizona, and also took trips to Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Peru, Ecuador, and Rome. They particularly enjoyed visiting archaeological sites and learning about the Native American cultures of the American Southwest. Connie loved a good detective mystery and found great joy in water skiing at Lake Thunderbird and Lake Tenkiller.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents and both sisters: Naoma Baughman and Shirley Vester. She is survived by: husband Kenneth Zorger of the home; daughter Christi Zorger of Norman; and nieces Cathye Vester of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Lisa Smith of Sunbury, Ohio.
Connies family has entrusted her care to Tribute Memorial Care in Norman (708 24th Ave NW, 405.292.4787). Friends are welcome to view Connie in the funeral homes downstairs event center from 3:00-8:00pm on Friday, December 28th; her family will be present to receive friends from 5:00-7:00pm that evening. A celebration of Connies life will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, December 29th in the funeral homes downstairs event center, with burial following at Warren Cemetery.
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