Concetta "Connie" Nykiel Posted: 2018-12-16 07:28:33



Concetta “Connie” Nykiel, 72, of Sun City, Huntley, passed away at her home on Friday, December 14, 2018 with her family by her side.
She was born August 20, 1946 in Chicago Heights, Illinois, the daughter of Jack and Doris Corso. She attended Loyola University where she met her husband, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke and the University of St. Francis. She was united in marriage to Thomas Nykiel on June 1, 1968 in Chicago Heights. Connie and Tom made their home in Chicago Heights, Flossmoor, Frankfort and Huntley. Connie was a registered nurse practicing in hospitals, schools, and as a childbirth educator, as well as an accomplished entrepreneur, author and speaker. She was a longtime member of the International Childbirth Educators Association and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She was a dedicated parishioner at Infant Jesus of Prague and St. Mary Catholic Church, enjoyed scrapbooking, genealogy, book club and volunteering for her church and other charities. She especially enjoyed spending time with her Ya Ya sisters, dear friends and beloved cousins. She was kind, spirited, and generous. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, Nani and a friend to all, who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her children, Jackie Berry , Thomas Nykiel , Joni Van Alstine and Rebecca (Joe) Bruckner, her grandchildren, Sean, Alec, Kyle, Nate, Hailey, Joey, Jack & Juliette.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19th at the DeFiore Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road, Huntley and at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road Huntley on Thursday, December 20th from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the 10:00 a.m. funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the Sisters for Life (Dominican Sisters of Springfield), or Mission Advancement Office Dominican Sisters, 1237 W. Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62704. For more information please call 847-515-8772 or online condolences can be directed to

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Beth Prokop-Pawlowski 2018-12-16 09:06:59

What an amazing woman, mother, grandmother and friend. Mrs. Nykiel’s kindness and compassion shined brightly everyday. She will be missed, but happily reunited with her husband. My heart goes out to you all. ❤️

Linda Lawson Teliho 2018-12-16 13:32:18

Our prayers and condolence for the family.????????

Sr. Kathleen Anne Tait 2018-12-17 10:14:13

Please be assured of my prayers and those of all the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Your mom was a warm and welcoming woman who reached out to many. I was blessed to know her for a short while and thank God for that opportunity!

Yvonne Decker 2018-12-17 16:09:20

My condolences to the family! My heart is with each of you as you try to get through this painful time in your lives. My prayer is that your tears and sadness will soon be replaced with joy, wonderful memories of great times together, and your hearts will overflow with the love she had for each of you. God bless you all!

Manoj Shenoy 2018-12-18 12:07:07

I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.

Carla Carswell 2018-12-18 12:18:47

Condolences to your family. Praying for strength at this time of sorrow.

Adnan Khan 2018-12-19 14:32:54

I'm very saddened to hear of your loss, please accept my deepest condolences and prayers for the departed soul and family.

Susanne 2018-12-19 16:51:41

A strong, beautiful woman who raised my dear friend, strong and beautiful Rebecca. My heart goes out to Rebecca and the entire wonderful family- lots of love! Peace be with you. Susanne

Gary & Rose Marie Piatt 2018-12-19 18:46:10

Our deepest sympathy to dear Connie"s family!! She was such a wonderful and fun loving person!! You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time She will be deeply missed.

Adnan Khan 2018-12-20 08:39:17

I'm very saddened to hear of your loss, please accept my deepest condolences and prayers for the departed soul and family.

Adnan Khan 2018-12-20 08:39:29

I'm very saddened to hear of your loss, please accept my deepest condolences and prayers for the departed soul and family.

Tomasina Pollastrini 2018-12-20 14:24:12

Cunnie was a dear friend who will be greatly missed. She will always have a special place in my heart and memories along with her deceased husband Tom. May all the wonderful memories you each have of your Mom and Grrandmother sustain you, especially the ones that lifted your spirits and made you laugh. She is at peace, united with your Dad and Grandfather. May all others related or friends, be comforted knowing she is at peace and happy. With my love to each of you, Tomasina

Anthony and Tomasina Pollastrini 2018-12-20 14:30:15

It was with great sorrow that we heard of the sudden death of our dear friend Connie. She and Tom were special friends and the consolation now is that they have or will be soon reunited together for all eternity. They both were wonderful people to become acquainted with as residents of Del Webb. We enjoyed all the times we had the opportunity to be together under various circumstances. May God bring comfort to all of you in your loss. Tony and Tomasina

Beverly Lawver 2018-12-24 04:39:41

One of Connie’s “. Girls”. She let me write in the Preface of her latest book revision. She was instrumental in my post abortion healing. Spent little time with her, but always special!! Prayers for her family, Bev ( formerly Bev Pradjinski).