September 2, 2009

Connie Wold

Connie Wold, 46, of Watford City, N.D., died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25, 2009, as the result of injuries sustained in a bicycle/automobile accident that occurred south of Watford City, N.D.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at the Watford City High School. Pastoral Assistant Rob Favorite officiated. Cremation followed the services, and burial will be held at Schafer Cemetery at a later date. Friends may share memories and condolences with the family at
Connie Jean Wold was born to Orrin and Joyce (Crimmins) Moe on Feb. 16, 1963, in Williston, N.D. Connie was raised in Watford City along with her younger brother, Terry. Connie attended school in Watford City from kindergarten until she graduated from high school in 1981.
In high school, Connie was on the track team and the girls’ basketball team. She was also a cheerleader and on the student council. Connie continued to be a cheerleader when she attended the University of North Dakota. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. Connie graduated with a degree in recreational management from UND in 1985.
After college, Connie worked for the Body Firm in Williston, N.D. Connie had a lifelong love of helping others through physical activity. Later, she worked in the swing bed unit at Mercy Hospital in Williston, N.D., doing physical therapy. 
On July 19, 1986, Connie married the love of her life, Cordell Wold, and they made their home in Watford City. Through their 23 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling together, working together and loving and raising their daughter, Molly, and loving each other.
While Cordell worked in the oil field, Connie began her own business, Aerobics Plus. The first classes were held in the basement of the Professional Building in Watford City. Connie had the dream of a wellness center that would serve the entire community. The Healthy Hearts Wellness Center opened in 1995 and Connie served as the manager for 12 years. Connie not only brought the Wellness Center to Watford City; she also introduced lattes and specialty coffees sold at the Wellness Center.
Connie and Cordell were always open to challenges, and they took over the McKenzie Bay Marina for six years in the 1990s as owners and managers. This was along with Cordell’s work in the oil field and Connie’s work at the Wellness Center. 
As important as work was for Connie, her family always came first, especially their daughter, Molly, who was born in 1990. Molly was the pride and joy of Connie. Connie was never too busy to be at one of Molly’s skating programs, basketball games, track meets, volleyball matches or gymnastics performances. Their dog, China, always held a soft spot in Connie’s heart.
Connie bought Front Porch Floral, and for awhile, juggled both running the Wellness Center and the floral shop before she concentrated on her floral business. Connie loved the floral shop and serving her customers in happy and sad times.
Connie retained her love of sports and fitness. She ran many marathons. She loved the Iron Man Triathlon and fulfilled her goal of completing two Iron Mans and working at the Hawaiian Iron Man. She was currently training for her third Iron Man at the time of her death.
Connie was active in her community. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and served on the church council. She was a member of the Watford City Chamber of Commerce and also served on the board of directors for the Watford City Municipal Golf Course. She served on the board of directors for the Watford City Skating Club. Connie was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Watford City. She was a member of the North Dakota State Floral Association, and had just been approached to serve on their board. Connie supported the Vocational Education program at Watford City High School hiring a student each year, including her daughter, Molly, in 2008. Connie could be counted on to support any and all community events.
Connie loved all aspects of life. She found joy in her work. She loved to laugh and play pranks, especially on her dad on April Fool’s Day. She loved decorating her home or the homes of her friends. Connie loved all holidays, especially Christmas when she decorated not only her home and shop, but found time to help friends decorate as well. She loved the lake – camping, skiing, all water sports, but not fishing. She loved encouraging her friends in their running. She loved a good glass of wine and being with friends and family. And she loved her bike, riding it in her exercise room in the winter and around the area roads in the spring, summer and fall. Connie loved all music, singing along to the radio, whistling while she worked, and traveling to the next great music concert.
Connie and Cordell had recently purchased their dream getaway in Mesa, Ariz. Typical of them, they bought a fixer-upper, with a golf course for Cordell and a swimming pool and biking trails for Connie. Connie had just finished decorating their Arizona home.
Connie arrived in heaven on Aug. 25, 2009, while training for her third Iron Man.
She is survived by her husband, Cordell; her daughter, Molly; her parents, Orrin and Joyce Moe; and a brother, Terry, his fiance Angie, and their daughter, Hayley Moe. She is also survived by Cordell’s brothers and their families, Clint, Ann, Jarret, Jettie, and Jamal; Kirk, Tanner; Kris, Sheri, Michel, Brandon, Kaylene and Heather; Kevin and Susan. She is also survived by her godfather, Raymond Iverson and her godson, Zach Frick. She is survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Vernice Crimmins, and Ida Moe and Carl Moe, and one uncle, Frank Dean Crimmins, and her godmother, DeAnn Iverson. She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ralph and Gloria Wold.
Connie had a huge heart with room to love all her family, her friends and all of life. Her life here brightened our lives and her joy of life will help us carry on without her.