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Concepcion 'Connie' Veloso Uy
December 11, 1936 - January 3, 2022
Generous and Loving to All
Service Date: January 10, 2022
In Lieu of Flowers: Please make donations in her memory to St. Christopher R.C. Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN
Obituaries » Concepcion 'Connie' Veloso Uy
Concepcion “Connie” Veloso Uy passed away on Monday, January 3, 2022. Connie was born to the late Antonio and Isabel Veloso on December 11, 1936 in Manila, Philippines. Connie
graduated from the University of the East in 1957 with a degree in Business Administration.
A mere 4’11,” Connie was a real force of nature whose impact on this world reached far and wide. Connie was known by her family as a true Renaissance woman with many hidden talents.
She was an amazing cook, an expert seamstress, a talented gardener and piano player. And she possessed a wry sense of humor. However, her greatest superpower was her unrivaled generosity. She devoted her life to giving herself to all those around her.
As a young mother, she immigrated to the United States with her husband Manny and young son Jonathan in 1965. They settled in Baltimore, where she gave birth to two more children, Karen and Brian. In 1969, the Uy family moved to Parsippany, NJ, which remained her home for the rest of her life.
Connie worked as an accountant most of her professional life, but her true life’s work was being an extraordinary spouse, mother, Ama and friend. Her cooking talents were well known to many. Her homemade polvoron pastry, leche flan, noodles, and lumpia were renowned. Connie was always cooking and packing the fridge with prepared meals. Etched in the memories of scores of kids that grew up with the Uy children in Parsippany are Tupperware containers filled with her delicious Chinese food. Connie’s kitchen became a favorite place to stop in and grab a bite. She could always be counted on to whip up a delicious meal in an instant.
Connie also had a creative fashion sense. She sewed all of her children’s Halloween costumes and most of their daily wear. Her frugality combined with expert sewing skills led her to make most of the kids’ clothing throughout their younger years— to the marvel of her peer mothers, but sometimes to the chagrin of her children. In an era that ushered the rise of branded blue jeans, Connie’s jeans weren’t always the coolest. In retrospect, these outfits, especially her own, fabulously screamed 1970s and would be snatched up in seconds at today’s vintage shops. Stylish, made with love, custom made and each piece one of a kind— just like their maker.
That same frugality is what enabled Connie and Manny to be so generous to those around them. They made tremendous sacrifices to provide for their children and extended family. They hosted and sponsored many aunts, uncles, and cousins to immigrate to the United States. They constantly volunteered their time to help those in need. Holiday dinners were always open to those who could not be with their own families. This generosity defined who they were throughout their lives.
Connie and Manny were devout Catholics and members of St. Christopher’s church. When they became empty nesters, they dedicated their lives to volunteerism, travel, watching tennis, and being “Ama” and “Angkong” to their grandchildren Janie, Alex, Levi, Nina, Maxine and Sydney.
They made several pilgrimages to holy sites throughout Europe and the Middle East. Connie also visited 3 of the 4 tennis grand slam venues – the US Open, Wimbledon and French Open. One highlight was attending the women’s final at Wimbledon with son Brian and his wife, Doriot.
After Manny’s passing in 2010, Connie continued to dedicate herself to the works of God, delivering the Eucharist in church, to the elderly, and to several of the area’s assisted living homes. Connie dutifully cleaned the church every Saturday, even with her arthritic hands. She delivered her last Eucharist just prior to Christmas a few weeks ago.
Her sense of humor was on full display when she took the mic at her husband Manny’s wake and said, “Manny was a good looking man and he never cheated on me”— and walked off the stage. This proverbial “mic drop” stunned mourners who broke into uproarious laughter and turned a solemn occasion into a celebration of his life.
Connie loved being “Ama” to her grandchildren. Like most grandmothers, she spoiled her grandkids with chocolates, candies, and fruits. She would always arrive with a tupperware container full of freshly cut mangoes or strawberries and a box full of chocolates. At Sydney’s daycare, she became the adopted “Ama” to all the children and was constantly bringing them all treats. She was a fierce texter and loved filling her texts to her grandkids with emojis. She frequently engaged in emoji wars with Maxine. She also loved giving jewelry to her granddaughters. Once feeling a little empty handed, she casually took the bracelet off her own wrist and gave it to Nina. Janie and Alex grew up and live in Wisconsin and were largely immersed in Western culture. Ama enjoyed introducing Asian culture and food to them such as siapao and rice cakes.
Connie’s generosity extended beyond her grandkids. Until the day of her passing, she was constantly giving the nurses and caretakers at Sunrise in Morris Plains and Spring Grove Rehabilitation Center flowers to thank them for their care.
Connie is survived by her brother, Andy Veloso and his wife, Belen, her sister, Jeanie Engle and her husband, Bob, Mary Jane Veloso, Julie Lynn Veloso; her loving children and their spouses, Jonathan Uy and his wife, Debera, Karen Troiani and her husband, Doug, Brian Uy and his wife, Doriot, and 6 wonderful grandchildren — Janie, Alex, Levi, Nina, Maxine and Sydney.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Liturgy of Christian Burial to be offered on Monday, January 10th 2022 at 9:30a.m. at St. Christopher R.C. Church. 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany, NJ. Entombment: Gate of Heaven Mausoleum, East Hanover, NJ. Visiting hours are on Sunday, January 9th from 2-5p.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home. 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany, NJ. (973) 887-3235 or visit www.partroyfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to St. Christopher R.C. Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
We respectfully ask that all attendees wear masks for everyone’s safety and well being. Unfortunately, there will be no repast post the funeral services.
For those unable to attend in person, Visiting Hours and the Liturgy of Christian Burial will be broadcast via Zoom.
*Connie Veloso Uy – Par Troy Funeral Home
Time: Sunday, Jan 9,2022, 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 509 611 6579
*Connie Veloso Uy – St. Christopher’s R.C. Church Funeral mass
Time: Monday, Jan 10, 2022, 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 509 611 6579