In loving memory of

Connie Duff
April 23, 1948 - August 16, 2021

Connie Rae Carpenter-Duff, 73 of Winona passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital on Monday, August 16, 2021 following a short battle with Covid and a 3 year battle with multiple myeloma. Connie was born to Ray and Alice (Harris) Carpenter on April 23, 1948. Her childhood was spent in Pickwick where she loved to roam the wooded hillsides and rolling pastures with her sidekick, Mary Lu (Nagle) Frey and where she and her Dad spent many happy hours together target practicing with rifles. In 1967 she married her high school sweetheart, Joe Duff. They were married for 49 years and lived in Homer until his passing in 2016.
Connie had many interests. She had a great love and respect for nature. She adored cats and horses. She was an avid reader and had a passion for the history of The Old West and Native Americans and also studied her family genealogy. Scrapbooking and interior design were her creative outlets. Connie and Joe cruised in their classic convertible on the lookout for antique treasures and new restaurants to visit. They also enjoyed traveling, especially to visit Maja, Connie's Swiss pen pal of 58 years. She had a great love of her friends and a wonderful sense of humor. One thing she did not enjoy was cooking and she missed Joe who was the family chef. Her friends often teased about her lack of cooking ability.
Connie worked at various office positions during her career, retiring from the Winona County License Center in 2010. She later worked at Target until 2018. She was a former Clerk for Homer Township and an election judge. She was a member of the Pickwick Mill, Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf and the La Crosse Warming Center were dear to her heart and she spent time volunteering there until her illness. Connie was generous and enjoyed helping those in need.
Survived by: son Robert (Hanny) Duff, sister, Donnis Buchan, step grandchildren in Costa Rica, several nieces and nephews and many friends and by Colleen McComb, who Joe and Connie "adopted" as a granddaughter. Colleen called Connie the "coolest Granny ever". Connie is also survived by special friend and casino buddy, Greg Duffy. Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Joe, her parents, sister and brother-in-law, Darlene (Ken) Benter, brother Bruce Carpenter, brother-in-law Don Buchan, niece Beki Blank, and great nephew Blake Eckert.
Per her wishes, a private service will take place. Cards may be mailed to Hoff Celebration of Life Center, c/o Connie Duff family, 3480 Service Drive, Goodview, MN 55987. Memorials are preferred to the Pickwick Cemetery or the Pickwick Mill. Please share a memory of Connie, sign her online guestbook and view her video tribute when it comes available at


Karen Lukaszewski wrote on Aug 21, 2021:

"So very sorry to learn of Connie?passing Rob and family, she fought her cancer very courageously....I will miss her very much."

Krissa wrote on Aug 21, 2021:

"Condolences to Connie?s family. I worked with Connie for several years in the ?90?s. She was a joy. Always a smile/smirk on her face with a wonderful sense of humor. "

Sheryl & Bill Foster wrote on Aug 20, 2021:

"So sorry to hear of Connie\'s passing. We enjoyed talking with Connie and Joe at the Legion years ago. Lots of laughs, and fun. Our sincere condolences to Rob, and the entire family. "

Doris {Henderson} Beeman wrote on Aug 18, 2021:

"My sympathy to Connie\'s Family...Especially Rob and Donnis... "

Sandy Miller wrote on Aug 18, 2021:

"I met Connie back in the early 70\'s through her niece Beki Buchan, my best friend. She and Beki were best, best friends. Aunt Connie passed away 4 years and 1 day after Beki!! I will deeply miss her. A fine lady loaded with humor and many fun times at many different places. Rest in peace sweet Connie."

Karen M Biggerstaff wrote on Aug 18, 2021:

"I met Connie through mutual friends 30 years ago, even though we didn\'t spend a lot of time together for the last 20 years each time I would see her it never felt awkward. It\'s was always fun to run into her around town or at events, I will miss our long term friendship we had a lot of laughs along with way. Karen Biggerstaff"

Beth Little Eichman wrote on Aug 18, 2021:

"I have known Connie for many years. Our mutual friend, Donna, introduced us. We had many laughs over dinners through the years. Recently we spent more time together as she had moved out near my house. What a dear friend. I will miss you Connie. RIP."

Tina Berg wrote on Aug 18, 2021:

"I meant Connie at the Twin Bluffs after her husband passed away. She was always miss placing her car keys so I made her a key change so it would help her. Every time I saw her she would thank me for it and how much it helped her. Going to miss you Connie. RIP. Tina Berg"

Karen Sacia wrote on Aug 18, 2021:

"I met Connie in 1999 when I began working at Winona Health. We became fast friends and continued our warm relationship over the past decades. I always enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor and the fact that she was so genuine. She didn?t play games, just was her true self. I will miss her for the rest of my days. Karen Sacia"