Dorsey has been to most home openers since the 1950s, and she occasionally dropped in on opening days in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Is she baseball's oldest fan? Well, last year a 111-year-old Yankee fan named Bernando LaPallo showed up in New York to shake Derek Jeter's hand. There were callous rumors that La Pallo was a mere 103, but either way, Connie Dorsey has a way to go. "She'll make it," says one of her friends. "She's never really had time to die."
Connie loved to travel. She wanted to see the entire world and meet people from every culture. She rode a camel in Egypt, sold mint in a market in Morocco, and visited schools in China, and threw out the first pitch of the Cardinals season at the age of 99. One of her favorite adventures was a trip down the Murray River near Adelaide, Australia.Dorsey's visitation will be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Friday, 3 to 8 p.m., with a funeral mass Saturday at 11 am.
Connie often commented that she received bountiful flowers while she was alive, so please no more. She would love for you to repeat one of many acts of kindness you have shown her over the years. Please write to your old teacher, stop by and visit an elderly friend, or send some soup to an appreciative neighbor. Please do this in memory of Connie.