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GRAHAM-HESS, Constance
GRAHAM-HESS, Constance Mendona Born Oct. 10, 1949, passed October 21, 2016 It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Constance Mendona Graham-Hess, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Connie was diagnosed with Cancer in May of 2016, and fought bravely until her passing into Heaven on October 21st while surrounded by family. Connie was born in Hawaii to Pearl and Joseph Mencona. She moved away from the islands, but her heart was always pulled back and she visited often. She was an avid runner and traveler, visiting locales all over the country and world with her friends and her husband, Dan Hess, with whom she had planned to walk the pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain this year. She was a woman of deep faith, and enjoyed Bible study, fellowship, and was a strong supporter of the right-to-life movement. She received her degree from the University of Guam, after which she moved to Calif. and became a teacher. She was dedicated, giving decades of her time and effort to teach math to thousands of students. She worked tirelessly, offering after school tutoring, make up lessons, and individual time to ensure that every child had a chance at success. Her efforts left an indelible mark on countless of her colleagues and young people. Connie was, above all, a woman deeply committed to her family. She adored her children, taking time off from her career to be more involved in their upbringing, participating in the PTA, La Leche League, Girl Scouts, and many others. She was deeply committed to her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and spent countless hours visiting, playing, and supporting them over the years. She tried to never miss a game, or competition, or performance of any of her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Dan Hess, her ex-husband, Edward Graham, her children, Scott (Cheryl), Jeff, and Tricia Graham, step-sons Kevin and Matthew Hess, her grandchildren Niko, Blake, Marissa, Solana, Kaylynn and Michelle. She is also survived by her sister, Sue Watanabe, and her four brothers, Steve, Stan, Mike, and Tom Mencona. A Vigil will be held at the Father Serra Church in Quartz Hill, 5pm, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. The Funeral Mass will be at Sacred Heart Church in Lancaster Nov. 5, 2016 at 12pm, with burial at Good Shepherd Cemetery immediately following. Flowers can be sent to Joshua Mortuary in Lancaster, and donations made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in her name.

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