Constance Ackerman, neé Burns, of Sunbury, Ohio, passed away on August 12, 2021, at age 82. She was born in Portsmouth, Ohio; attended Ohio University where she met her future husband, Marion Ackerman. Connie and Marion established their home in Westerville with their young daughter Susan, where Connie began her career. The family later moved to Sunbury, where Connie’s busy life continued. She and Marion were married just shy of 57 years.
Connie spent most of her career teaching fifth and sixth graders at Westerville’s Hanby School. She enjoyed helping students who were slower to catch on and could always be found helping children with math or reading after school. She loved children and knew that she wanted to become a teacher from the first time she went to school herself. “An education is something no one can ever take away from you,” is an adage she frequently repeated.
She loved to write letters to keep in touch with distant relatives and friends over her lifetime. She never knew a stranger and always made people feel welcome. She was active in retirement – delivering meals at SourcePoint in Delaware, organizing funeral meals at First Presbyterian Church in Westerville, working with the Community Library Friends and the Big Walnut Area Historical Society, making cookies, visiting home bound seniors, and spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Lowell and Helen Burns. She is survived by her husband Marion Ackerman of Sunbury, OH; daughter Susan Ackerman (Jeff Murray); granddaughters Nola and Astrid Murray; sisters Catherine Berry (Bob), Margaret Shaw (Mike), Esther “Bridget” Parker (Bill), and Mary Smelko (Bill); numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Connie will be greatly missed by her family, many decades-long friends, and her extended church community. A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 41 W. College Avenue, Westerville, at 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 28, 2021 with calling hours at 2:00 pm. To protect our family and friends with compromised immune systems, masks will be mandatory. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to First Presbyterian Church or the Big Walnut Area Historical Society.