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Constance "Conni" Harness

February 27, 1955 November 7, 2022
Constance "Conni" Harness
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Constance “Conni” Harness, 67, of Mount Carmel, Illinois, passed away Monday, November 7, 2022, at River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton, Indiana, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 27, 1955, in Mount Carmel, the daughter of Herman and Frances (Wiseman) Tennis. She married James Harness on April 30, 1976, and together they enjoyed forty-six years of marriage.

Conni was a 1973 Graduate of Mount Carmel High School and earned a Master of Business Administration degree at USI. She worked as an HR Director in healthcare. Conni never met a stranger. She was full of life and energy, and you could always count on seeing her running outside. Among many of her favorite quotes is “there is no finish line”. Conni enjoyed sharing her love of running, biking, and hiking with her closest family members. She had a strong faith and was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and choir. Conni also enjoyed being a member of the Philharmonic Chorus in Evansville, Indiana. She was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved her whole family dearly, while enjoying a special kind of joy brought by her grandchildren. She was lovingly referred to as Yaya. Conni’s presence will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Conni leaves behind her loving husband, Jim; one daughter, Cathryn “Caryn” Spencer and husband Jordan; one son, Bryan “Bry” Harness and wife Bailey; three grandchildren, Evan, Chloe and Olivia; brother, Ronald Tennis.

Conni was preceded in death by her parents; two aunts, Gladys Nacht, and Nell Wiseman.

Family and friends are invited to gather for a Visitation from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2022, in the Chapel of Keepes Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Robert Zwilling officiating. Entombment will be at Bethel Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Conni’s memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Envelopes will be at the funeral home, and the Church, or can be mailed to Keepes Funeral Home, 1500 North Cherry Street, Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

Keepes Funeral Home is serving the family with the arrangements. To view Conni’s tribute wall, purchase flowers and leave condolences for the Harness family, please visit

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5:00 PM 11/10/2022 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/10/2022 8:00:00 PM
Keepes Funeral Home

1500 N. Cherry
Mount Carmel, IL 62863

Keepes Funeral Home
1500 N. Cherry Mount Carmel 62863 IL
United States

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10:00 AM 11/11/2022 10:00:00 AM
Saint Mary's Catholic Church

125 W 5th St.
Mount Carmel, IL 62863

Saint Mary's Catholic Church
125 W 5th St. Mount Carmel 62863 IL
United States

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Bethel Cemetery Final Resting Place

Old Bethel Cemetery, Mt Carmel, IL 62863
Old Bethel Cemetery, Mt Carmel, IL 62863
Bellmont, IL 62811

Old Bethel Cemetery, Mt Carmel, IL 62863 Bellmont 62811 IL
United States

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