Connie Lytle Woebke escaped the limitations of this earth on May 24, 2021. Determined that her melancholy life had just become much too painful to fit her lifestyle, Connie made her grand exit.
Connie was born in McCook, Nebraska on June 20th, 1947 to Florence and Ray Lytle. Shortly after Connie’s birth she and her parents made their way to Twin Falls, Idaho, where she graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1965. Connie had a knack for writing and loved the power of words, leading her to Idaho State University where she graduated with a degree in English in 1969. An academic at heart, she later went on to achieve a Master’s Degree in English from Northern Arizona University. Connie’s love for language also prompted her attendance at National English Conferences for several years, where she was often accompanied by her adoring mother, Florence. The pair treasured the opportunity to “shop ‘til they dropped,” frequently running up a tab greater than the cost of their flight.
Throughout her educational endeavors, Connie always had her husband, Herman, by her side. Herman and Connie were inseparable. On June 5th, 1976, the two were married, triggering a degree of excitement among friends, teaching colleagues, and family that nearly eclipsed the commotion caused by the collapse of the Teton Dam that same day.
Connie was a bright star in the Twin Falls academic world. Over the course of her 33 years as an English teacher at Robert Stuart Junior High and then Twin Falls High School. Connie changed the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students in the Twin Falls community. She was a mentor, and a friend to many students under her charismatic leadership and guidance. And as you sit here now and read this very small representation of her incredible life, hundreds of others are doing the same, with a smile and a nod, because you probably knew Mrs. Woebke.
To know Connie was to love her, and of course hear her. Her commanding voice and unsolicited opinions, her stories, her perfect nails, and her gorgeous jewelry sliding around her wrists and between her fingers. Connie was an all-encompassing experience, often painting her nails to match her outfits and brandishing a fabulous collection of stylish glasses, exceeding 25 pairs. Shopping and fashion were among her greatest joys. Connie was in every sense, an unapologetic fashionista.
When she wasn’t restocking her glamourous closet or perusing for her next pair of glasses to perfectly frame her beauty, Connie was causing those around her to double over in a full, belly laugh with her comedic timing that she peppered into every interaction. Her unusual insight was flawlessly punctuated with her favorite cast of colorful words. Connie’s hilarity was endearing and inclusive, and always drew a crowd of eager listeners.
Connie and Herman shared more than a lifetime together. They met at Robert Stuart Junior High where they were both teachers. Their adventures took them to Maine for their Honeymoon and throughout the Eastern United States for six weeks. Over the past 10 years Connie and Herman treasured their time together at their summer home in Island Park, a very special place for both of them. The days were spent reading, walking, and trips to Yellowstone Park’s Old Faithful in the evenings to see animals.
Although the community is heartbroken to learn that Connie simply could not stay another day, her electrifying spirit is still here. The profits of her dedication are visible in our community through the multitude of her students making good, running businesses, raising families and leading others. Even without her, we can hear the fantastic stories circulating through her friends and neighbors. She made a difference.
Connie is survived by her husband, Herman, her brother Rex Lytle (Emmie), a niece Stacy and a nephew Ryan and many cousins. Preceding her in death are her father Ray and mother Florence.
A viewing will be held at Rosenau Funeral Home on Thursday, June 3rd from 6 to 8pm and a graveside service will be held on Friday, June 4th at 11:00am at Twin Falls Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the People for Pets.