Connie Marie Illikainen


Connie Marie Illikainen, age 44 of Esko, Minnesota passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on February 5th, 2022 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Connie was born on January 19th, 1978 in Duluth, MN to Gerald Schwoch and Laura (Bruneau) Dahms. She graduated from Barnum High School in 1996 and went on to marry Jon Illikainen on May 16th, 2008 in Carlton, MN.

Connie was very passionate about family. Some could say she was born to be a mother, and her three children were her absolute world. She was heavily invested in both their academics and sporting endeavors, and showed up to as many events as possible. When she wasn’t taking care of her family, she indulged in HGTV and the Food Network, as well as romantic comedies.

Connie came from a rich musical background and enjoyed many genres of music, especially classic country. She was known to partake in many karaoke nights in her younger days, and always brought a smile to everyone’s face.

Most importantly, Connie was an extremely selfless and caring woman, and tried to help everyone she could, be it a simple gesture or the kindness of listening. Even in her own times of physical and emotional struggle, she tended to the needs of everyone else above her self, which made her one in a million.

She will be greatly missed by her husband Jon; children Isaac (14), Grace (12) and Carter (11); siblings Jenny (Sam) Clark, Dusty (Melody) Schwoch and Jake (Tami) Schwoch; niece and nephews Milah, Jeremiah and Isaiah; mother-in-law Nettie Illikainen and an endless abundance of extended family and friends.

Connie is preceded in death by her parents Gerald Schwoch and Laura Dahms; step father Fred Dahms; sisters-in-law Susan and Mandy Illikainen.

Visitation will be on Saturday, February 12th, from 10-12pm followed by a memorial service at 12pm at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1705 Wilson Avenue, Cloquet, MN. Arrangements with McNearney-Schmidt Funeral and Cremation, Shakopee, 952-445-2755.Condolences may be shared at

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