Pat Cornish, 86, of Oelwein passed away Sunday October 25, 2020 at Oelwein Healthcare Center. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Sunday November 1, 2020 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will begin at 1:30 PM on Monday November 2, 2020 at Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home with Chaplain Al Biere officiating. Inurnment will be in Fontana Cemetery at Hazleton at a later date. A memorial fund has been established.
Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing is required. Those in attendance are required to wear a mask.
Patricia Rae Cornish was born in Waterloo on August 1, 1934 to parents Albert and Irene (Card) Campbell. She attended school in Waterloo. On May 11, 1952 she was united in marriage with Roland Cornish in Ft. Collins, CO. They later divorced. Pat was a mother, cook and waitress. Over the years she managed and owned several restaurants, including Ma’s Tiny Café in Hazleton. Pat was a member of The Emma Arnold Memorial Society with both the Methodist and Presbyterian churches in Hazleton. She had been a correspondent with the Oelwein Daily Register. She initiated the Santa Bag program for the children of Hazleton and was a member of the Coffee Club in Hazleton.
Left to celebrate Pat’s life are her children: Irenee (Lynn) Landis of Oelwein, Vickie (Larry) Freese of Omaha, Sonia (Jerald) Burco of Oelwein, Kim (Dennis) Sorge of Randalia, Mark (CoeAnn) Cornish of Oelwein and Jamie (Robert) Greenley of Hazleton; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; her siblings: Peg Hinman of Charleston, SC and Royce Campbell of Owasso, OK.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother Norma Campbell; daughter Elizabeth Cornish; step-brothers: Merwyn and Kenneth Schug.