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Constance "Connie" Morell Jessup

November 22, 1925 - February 6, 2019

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Mass

Location:
St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Date:
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Service Time:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Cemetery

Location:
St. Francis Of Assisi, Columbarium
Date:
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Time:
Immediately Following Service

Notes

Mrs. Constance (Connie) M. Jessup, 93, of Raleigh, NC died at home on February 6, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas Morell and Mary Chiodo Morell. Mrs. Jessup was born on November 22, 1925 in Niagara Falls, NY. She married her high school sweetheart, the late John W. Jessup Jr., on June 12, 1948. They were married for 67 wonderful years.

In addition to her husband, Connie was also preceded in death by her sister, Annette (Netta) Suttell, and her brother, Louis Morell, both of Florida.

She is survived by her five children and their families: Kathy (husband, John) Martin of Kennebunk, ME; Brian (wife, Karen) Jessup of Cary, NC; Tim Jessup of Sedona, AZ; Jeff Jessup of Arvada, CO; Marylou (husband, Steve) Petriccione of Raleigh, NC; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Pauline (Morley) Gavin of Niagara Falls, NY, and several nephews and cousins.

Connie was a lyric-coloratura soprano, who graduated in 1948 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She continued her studies in summer programs at Chautauqua and Tanglewood, working under Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copeland. She began performing in Niagara Falls, NY as a radio opera and concert singer. Upon relocating to Poughkeepsie, NY, she served as a soloist and assistant conductor of the Community Mixed Chorus. Connie participated in several chamber concerts at local colleges, and at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. Performances took her throughout the Hudson Valley, western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. She performed major roles in operatic productions of The Jealous Husband, Barber of Seville, Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly, and many more.

Connie was a member of many music organizations throughout her life, including both the Florida and North Carolina State Music Teachers Associations, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Music Teachers National Association. She was on the board of what is now the NC Opera and was also an active member of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. Her students participated in the annual Young Artist Auditions and always did very well. Connie taught voice and piano privately all of her life, up until a month prior to her passing. At her final home, Atria Oakridge in Raleigh, Connie established the Atria Chorale with her fellow residents, spreading joy throughout the community with her love of music. One of her proudest accomplishments was introducing the piano to a young blind student. This presented Connie with both a challenge and an opportunity to learn how to teach in an entirely new way (at the age of 92!).

Throughout her life, Connie’s strong faith in God led her to be an active participant in the music ministries of every parish of which she was a member, including St. Luke the Evangelist, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Churches, and the services at Atria Oakridge. She was a lifelong performer, teacher, and student of music. Quoting one of her close friends: “She had quite an impact on all of us with her positive professionalism, high standards, and life experiences. She had a heart for everyone.”

Services will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Rd. Raleigh NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Connie’s memory to Transitions Life Care (https://transitionslifecare.org). The family is so appreciative of Transitions’ support during Connie’s illness, and especially grateful to Kelli, Mary and Leonidah for their excellent care and compassion during her final weeks.
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March 1, 2019
Memories Album: We miss Connie's kind heart and love for music.
Posted by:
Aimee Boes
Posted on:
March 1, 2019
Connie,
You are sorely missed. Our entire family was so grateful for all your hard work and dedication you shared with our girls. Thank you for instilling the importance of music to Elizabeth and Emilia. You always kept life in perspective and made each of accountable and better people everyday. Thank you for being you and for being such an amazing role model for my little ladies. You were one of a kind and we loved you so!
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Richard W. Boes
Posted on:
February 13, 2019
So long, Connie. I only knew you shortly, you were so kind and helpful to my two Grand Daughters. I have few words to record, but I thought Nelson Eddie, a friend of yours, can say it much better in song. I send these as a young kid (of 86) who knew you only as a contempory...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91hRL8uGAZc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZFsSwazbMU

Dick Boes, Wake Forest, NC
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Debbie Oakley
Posted on:
February 8, 2019
As im looking at this beautiful picture of this young woman. I see love and a BIG heart and I know that what she was to all that love her. May you rest in peace. Feb was a very special day to join Jesus and my mama in heaven.
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Sandra Woodruff
Posted on:
February 8, 2019
Although I did not know Connie, her picture says it all for me. As soon as I saw her sweet smile, I knew this was someone special who cared for people. Then, reading her tribute from people who knew her told me I was right. It is wonderful to know that in this world there are people who still care about others and praise and lift them up. My condolences go out to the Jessup family.
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Stephan
Posted on:
February 7, 2019
Connie was a great person. She was a piano teacher for my son recently and the best we had. Not just a teacher it was more passion about the student and she was a good friend. She always had a smile and enjoyed every aspect of watching her students grow. She is missed.
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Carol Costantino Harshman
Posted on:
February 6, 2019
Our dearest Connie, an amazing friend, musician and inspiration. Connie knew my father Carl and his twin brother Frank, also from Niagara Falls. They, too, were musicians and respected her for so many years. Her nephews Dave and Jack were my classmates in NF and the connection continued. My youngest daughter Lisa was gifted with an amazing voice and, yes, was blessed to study with Connie in Raleigh all those years later. Music does keep us all connected and Connie was the common thread! She possessed a spirit of love and encouragement that will live on through the ages. To you, her amazing family, our deepest sympathy at the loss of this truly beautiful person. Carol Costantino Harshman
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Diana Ferrara
Posted on:
February 6, 2019
Connie Jessup was a ray of sunshine who influenced my life as a young singer and performer. I am so sad to hear of her passing. I will never forget her warmth and kindness as she taught me how to sing. When I questioned my confidence, she instilled a positive attitude and praise in my work! She's the one who prepared me for my audition for the Juilliard School and rejoiced in my success!! Whenever I perform, I think of her and always smile!! Many blessings, kind and loving memories to all of your family!
With deepest condolences,
Diana Ferrara
Wappingers Falls, NY
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St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
11401 Leesville Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613
919-847-8205
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Cemetery

St. Francis Of Assisi, Columbarium
11401 Leesville Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613