Connie Robinson 1937-2023

AUSTINTOWN — Connie Robinson, 85, died peacefully after a long battle with cancer, Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the home of her daughter, Alexa Robinson-O’Neill, in Granville, surrounded by family.

Connie, the eldest daughter of Glade Morrison and Jane Rankin Morrison, was born June 24, 1937, in Seneca, Pa. She attended Austintown Fitch High School, graduating in 1955.

She attended Muskingum College before becoming engaged to Erven “Skip” Robinson and marrying Aug. 17, 1957. They remained married for the 62 years until Skip predeceased her in 2019.

Connie returned to college at Youngstown State University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate in 1970, going on to earn a master’s in counseling (1977) and a doctorate in education history (1991) from Kent State University.

Connie was a beloved English teacher and senior class adviser at Canfield High School, and a valued college counselor at Poland High School, helping many students at both schools on to their colleges and careers.

She remained an ardent Fitch supporter her entire life, continuing to lunch with several of her ’55 classmates until her illness.

Connie played in Mill Creek Park ladies’ golf leagues for many years and will be remembered fondly by her many friends there, as well as in her water aerobics classes at Creekside.

In retirement, she was a volunteer reader for the Youngstown Radio Reading Service for 10 years and has made a bequest to continue her support for this organization.

She is survived by a son, Rick (Patricia) of Boulder, Colo.; daughter, Alexa (Robert) of Granville; and grandchildren, Ellen O’Neill of St. Louis, Mo., Alex O’Neill of Columbus and Georgia Robinson at Purdue University; and sisters, Madalyne Pauley (Tom) in Canfield and Sharen Cope in Columbiana. Her many Morrison and Robinson nieces and nephews were especially dear to her.

A celebratory observance will be held later this spring in Austintown, specific date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Youngstown Radio Reading via the following link: www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6JC9LX4QMV276. On the donation screen, please specify that your support is in memory of Connie Robinson for the Radio Reading program. There is a “notes” screen for this on the second screen of the site.

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