Nancy Cornelius, 1946-2018

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A memorial service for Nancy A. Cornelius will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva. The Rev. Dr. Kristen Venne will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea as well as one hour prior to the service at the church.

Nancy Cornelius

Nancy died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis. She was 72.

Nancy Ann (Worrell) was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Samuel and Dorothy (Bailey) Worrell. The family moved to Geneva at a young age, where she attended school and graduated from Ellendale Geneva High School.

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On Feb. 20, 1965, she was united in marriage to Jim Cornelius at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva. To this union, two children were born.

Nancy worked many jobs throughout her lifetime. She worked for Federated Insurance, Sorenson’s Appliance and Geneva State Bank. She would retire from Minnesota Abstract and Title. All the while, she was the city clerk for Geneva for 33 years.

Community Lutheran Church was a big part of Nancy’s life. She served in a variety of titles there, including lay pastor, church council and clerk to name a few. She did pretty much everything except play the organ.

Nancy loved quilting and getting together with the Electric Eight quilting group. She also enjoyed riding motorcycle, traveling, reading and shopping. Nancy was the leader of her family and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by parents Sam and Dorothy Worrell; mother- and father-in-law Bud and Bernice Cornelius; siblings Mary Dray and Robert Worrell, in infancy; nephew, David Dray; and niece, Kimberly Beuerlein.

Nancy is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jim Cornelius; children Tad (Bunny) Cornelius and Cheryl Cornelius (Todd Ide); grandson, Jordan Cornelius; siblings Roger (Linda) Worrell and Jim (Jeanni) Worrell; brother-in-law, Raymond Dray; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.