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K.L. Sharp Funeral Home
Thursday December 4th, 2014
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Friday December 5th, 2014

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Constance F. Black

Constance F. Black, 81, formerly of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014, in Boston, MA.

Connie was born in Dundee, Quebec, Canada, on January 10, 1933, a daughter of the late George and Annie McPherson Benane.  A resident of Cincinnatus from 1962 until 1999, she was a communicant of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where she was a member and past president of the Holy Name Altar and Rosary Society.  She also served as the religious education director for seven years.  A graduate of the Beaux Art School of Beauty, Bradenton, FL, she worked as a hairdresser for over 50 years.  Locally, she owned and operated a beauty salon in Cincinnatus for several years and also worked along side her husband, Fred Black, at the Black Funeral Home from 1962 until their retirement in 1999.  In her spare time, she was active with the Cincinnatus Food Pantry from its beginning until 1999; a member of the Knickerbocker American Legion Post #596 Auxiliary; and volunteered on the Cincinnatus Beautification Committee from 1976 until 1979.  After her retirement, she moved to the McGraw and Cortland area for a few years before moving to Nevada and Massachusetts to be near her children.  Connie will be featured in an ABC network documentary entitled “The Golden Hour” which is scheduled to air in February 2015.  A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she will be missed by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her children, Valerie Black (Darin) Moore of Fallon, NV, Martin (Vickie) Black, of Locke, Shawnee M. Black of Boston, MA, and Matthew (Lauren) Black of Boston, MA.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Katie Moore, Griffin Black, Casey Black, and Brandi Edwards; brothers, Alvin (Shawnee) Benane of Wendell, NC, and Howard (Patricia) Benane of Meridan, CT; sisters, Joyce Allen of Barrington, IL, Martha (David) Raynor of NM, and Helen (Howard) Hawkins of Ellicottville; a sister-in-law, Patricia Benane of Wendell, NC; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Fred Black, on August 26, 2003, and her grandsons, Alexander Black in 1999 and Dallas Black in 2012; a sister, Iris Villenuave in 2002 and a brother, John Benane in 2013.

Funeral services will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. with Reverend Lester Smith and Fred M.S. Downs officiating.  Burial will follow in Taylor Rural Cemetery.  The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Connie may be directed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2708 Lower Cincinnatus Road, Cincinnatus, NY 13040 or Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, P.O. Box 57, Cincinnatus,  NY 13040. 


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I am so very sorry for your sorrow and heartache, Shawnee. You are a reflection of your beautiful mother in every way. Please know that I am keeping her, you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God called her home and is holding her close. She isn't far, you know that. Much love to you.

Christina DiGiusto Feb 2 2015 12:00 AM

To the family of Connie Black.
My thoughts and prayers to out to each and everyone of you.  Your mother had unique way of saying my name that could never be reproduced!!  She was beautiful inside and out.  Whenever I would see her she was so genuine and thoughtful.  Connie will be remembered with happy hearts and kindness.  I know she is watching over you all will so many that have gone before.  God Bless you all.

PollyAnn Faucher Dec 6 2014 12:00 AM

Thinking of the family at this sad time. Connie was a true lady and made a positive impact on all those lives she touched. You're in my thoughts...

Bonnie Halstrom Dec 5 2014 12:00 AM

Shawnee and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss.  Your mom was a wonderful lady, she always welcomed us crazy kids into her home with open arms.  She was such a giving lady and I am sure will be missed by many.  May she rest in peace.

LAURI SMITH Dec 4 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Valarie and Family,

We are very sorry for your loss.  We had a lovely letter from your mother when Ron's mom passed away in March of this year.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.  The Hartley Family

Ronald and Maureen Hartley Dec 4 2014 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry to hear of your Moms passing.  Your Mom always had a friendly smile and a kind word to say.  I'm sure that you have many memories that will help "hold you up" in the days ahead as well as the prayers of many who care.       Phil

Phil Totman Dec 4 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Valerie, Marty, Matthew (along with all those other names you had) and Miss Shawnee,

Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful mother. Last year at a time when I was feeling low I received a beautiful Christmas Card along with a wonderful note to cheer me up. I will never forget her or that father of yours. It was always a good time when we got together. I guess now they are all partying together. (God Forbid) but in the future please keep in touch with all of us and maybe we can all get together in the future. Love to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pat, Bob & the whole family!

Robert & Pat Black & family Dec 4 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Shawnee and family,
How sad I was to read of Connie's passing. Bill and I really enjoyed you and your mother during the time you were at The Park.
I will always have fond memories of Connie, certainly a dear and classy lady.
Pam Raney

Pam Raney Dec 3 2014 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry for the loss of a dear sweet lady.  She will be missed by all.  You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Tammy Billings Dec 3 2014 12:00 AM

Connie was a special lady.  She was always smiling and always dressed so nicely.  She will be missed by all who knew her.  Prayers and thoughts to all of you during this difficult time.

Sheryl and Kalvin Small Dec 3 2014 12:00 AM

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