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Connie Carlene Spielberg

March 17, 1953 - May 13, 2013
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Connie Carlene Spielberg battled Multiple Sclerosis for many years before beginning her battle with cancer in April 2012. We thought she was tough when battling her MS, but she showed us just how brave she was when she began her courageous battle against the cancer. She never gave up and fought to live. Being with her family was such a deep burning desire. When Dr.s didn’t call her back, she showed up at their office. When Dr.s doubted her, she told them she wanted more chemo, and that she did. When family and friends asked how she was doing, she sugar coated the truth and told them the good things she believed, that it isn’t that bad and with chemo & radiation everything will be okay. She told people she was feeling okay, but really she was in pain. She never wanted anyone to worry about her. Then, when Dr.s suggested hospice, she told them she wanted to go to rehab and fight….and that she did, until her very last breath. She was a fighter! She showed her strength and a tremendous amount of courage throughout her fight. Connie was born in Nashville, TN to Walter Jr. and Gladys Tampke. She grew up with her 3 sisters, Charlotte Tampke, Carolyn Baccari and Cathy Simicich and her brother Walter Tampke III. From the ages of 2-4 yrs old, she moved back and forth between Missouri and California, and then from the ages of 4-6 she moved back and forth from California and Montana. In 1959, when she was in 2nd grade, her family settled in Las Vegas, NV. As a...
Connie Carlene Spielberg battled Multiple Sclerosis for many years before beginning her battle with cancer in April 2012. We thought she was tough when battling her MS, but she showed us just how brave she was when she began her courageous battle against the cancer. She never gave up and fought to live. Being with her family was such a deep burning desire. When Dr.s didn’t call her back, she showed up at their office. When Dr.s doubted her, she told them she wanted more chemo, and that she did. When family and friends asked how she was doing, she sugar coated the truth and told them the good things she believed, that it isn’t that bad and with chemo & radiation everything will be okay. She told people she was feeling okay, but really she was in pain. She never wanted anyone to worry about her. Then, when Dr.s suggested hospice, she told them she wanted to go to rehab and fight….and that she did, until her very last breath. She was a fighter! She showed her strength and a tremendous amount of courage throughout her fight.

Connie was born in Nashville, TN to Walter Jr. and Gladys Tampke. She grew up with her 3 sisters, Charlotte Tampke, Carolyn Baccari and Cathy Simicich and her brother Walter Tampke III. From the ages of 2-4 yrs old, she moved back and forth between Missouri and California, and then from the ages of 4-6 she moved back and forth from California and Montana. In 1959, when she was in 2nd grade, her family settled in Las Vegas, NV. As a child, she enjoyed climbing trees, playing outside, playing dolls, tennis and swimming. She was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. Connie attended Las Vegas High School. In her high school years, she was a socialite and protested against the Vietnam War and for Civil Rights. Her favorite class was literature. She graduated in 1971.

Words can’t express what a sweet person Connie was. She always had time for the people in her life. Connie was a beautiful person, inside and out. She was always laughing and caring for others. Connie never told anyone no. She would always say, “You bet, sweetie”, “You got it”, or “Of course”. She was a devoted wife for 32 years, a nurturing mom, a loving Mamie and the best friend anyone could ask for. She married her husband Michael Peter Spielberg on July 10, 1981 at the West Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas, NV. They have three children, Billy Spielberg (Tiffany Spielberg), Crystal Spielberg and Amanda Reed (Devin Reed). Connie had 7 grandchildren, William Spielberg, Daniel Reed, Jacob Reed, Thomas Reed, Marley Spielberg, Madden Spielberg and Abigail Reed. Some of Connie’s good friends up until her passing were Debbie Dobritch, Cindy Sellers, Lona McCollum, LeeAnn LeMay and she kept in contact with many more. Her friends say they always appreciated her honestly. She could be honest, but in a nice way where nobody was offended. They loved her smile and how they could always laugh about a bad situation. They also loved the way she balanced humor, intelligence, love and anger together.


Connie was a hard and dedicated worker. She started working in high school at the El Portal Theater on Freemont Street, then moving forward to the Rebel Gas Station, Change Girl, Cocktail Waitress, licensed to sell insurance, manager at Andre’s Bakery, custodian for the Clark County School District, Teamster and ending her career as a Stay at Home Mom.

As an adult, Connie enjoyed spending time with her family, fishing, camping, hiking, astrology, the 1970’s (Peace & Love, Flower child, peace signs, happiness, hippie), listening to rock n’roll such as The Eagles, Don Henley, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mack, Heart, Melissa Ethridge, Rolling Stones & Three Dog Night. She also liked Psychic Stuff such as looking into the future, extraterrestrials, the unknown and quartz crystals for energy and healing, Native American History, animal totems, driving to State Line every once in a while in hopes to win the lotto, dancing, dinner dates with her husband every Friday, collecting elephant nic-nacs, writing poems, reading, traveling, playing cards, dominos & board games such as Aggravation, Chess and Backgammon. She was crafty and artistic, especially with painting. Connie was involved in political groups and volunteered for Democratic representatives. Some of her favorite vacation spots were Cave Lake where she camped as a child and continued the tradition with her own family, Grand Canyon and any place with a beach. Connie’s favorite pet was a mixed Chow & Mastive named Dakota. She had him for 16 years. She was also rounded out by her birds: Leonardo De Finche, Cagney, Mr. Bubbles, LaLa and Tweety. Rabbit: Bonzai. Dogs: Buck Shot, Scamp, BoJo, Nikki, Kahlua, B.J. and Kaylee.


Connie was outgoing, energized by people and activities, accepting of theories, perceptions and insights, used her imagination, was able to identify solutions to problems and looked for future possibilities. Connie made decisions based on feelings, was sensitive to others and avoided conflicts. She was flexible and free, comfortable jumping into action and planning on the go. Connie LOVED to talk to people! Grocery store cashiers knew her by a first name basis and when other cashiers or clerks asked her how she was doing, she REALLY told them how she was doing and updated them on what was going on in her life. She liked to talk about her family, especially her children & grandkids. She would talk to complete strangers with open arms. Connie was very bubbly, always smiling, loved to giggle and had a great sense of humor. She was very inquisitive. She liked information on everything and anyone in her life. She was a celebrator, always wanting to celebrate every milestone or event with a party, gift or card. She was engaging, accepting, optimistic and went with the flow. Although she was soft spoken, when she got rattled, she stood up for what she believed in with FULL force! Whoever or whatever was in her way, they better watch out. Connie was also outspoken, determined and never gave up on her goals.

Connie was the most thoughtful person. She was always buying random gifts for others when she saw something that reminded her of them. Her favorite thing to give people was Precious Moments figures for whatever life event was happening at the time. She wrote down EVERY event, anniversary & birthday in a planner and made sure she mailed a card or gave a gift. She had 35 nieces and nephews and attended their birthdays & graduations. She supported her children’s, grandchildren’s and nieces and nephews school fundraisers and sporting activities. Connie would write notes on hard boiled eggs and napkins and put them in Mike’s and her children’s lunches.

Connie was an affectionate wife. She made Mike a better man. He gave her the nickname “Pooter”. She had a calming effect on him. She taught him how to fish on their second date. She had him focus on his values to what was important, such as family. Mike would call Connie everyday during his lunch break to talk to his sweetheart, his angel. She was his best friend, confidant and lover.

Connie was a wonderful mother. She always knew when something was wrong and always wanted to talk to her children. She provided them unconditional love and fairness, never making one child feel more important than the other. They were all her favoriteS…They would try to make her say who was her favorite, and she answer “You are all my favoriteS”, emphasizing the ‘s’. She was her children’s best friend as well as their guider. She was concerned about them, nurturing and understanding. Connie loved to give them massages and cuddled with them up until her last days as adults. She was her children’s go to person when they had questions or concerns, she turned bad situations into something fun, turned tears into smiles and was always calm and sensitive to their needs. She was supportive, enthusiastic & happy about their future, and VERY proud of all of them. She would talk about their accomplishments to family, friends and even strangers she just met (because like we all know…she loved meeting new people). They can only imagine what she bragged about when they weren’t around.

Connie was looking forward to retiring with her Husband, Mike in 3 years. They planned on traveling around the United States in a camper. Together, they talked about swinging by and picking up some grandchildren and take off sight seeing and then dropping them back off at home, planning family trips and growing old together.

Her husband, children and grandchildren say they were very blessed to have her in their lives. They have always bragged about how lucky they were to have her and weren’t shy about showing their love for her to the world. They say they are the luckiest people to have had the best Wife, Mom and Mamie on Earth. They appreciate everything she has done and given up for their happiness and they are thankful for every moment, memory and lesson she gave them. Connie was deeply loved by all and will never be forgotten and truly missed.

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"I did not know Connie very well but I have known her girls for over a decade. I know they shared with me on more occasions than I can even remember how..." Sara Morrison (Las Vegas, NV)

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