Surella Corran Obituary

Surella  Corran
Surella Corran
Surella Corran

July 15, 1909 - December 13, 2013
Born in Romania
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Surella Corran died at Kavanagh House in Des Moines on December 13th after a brief illness. She was 104 years of age.

The youngest of 16 children, Surella Goodman was born in Radoutz, Romania, in 1909 and spent World War I as a refugee in Vienna, Austria. Following the war, she moved with her family to Canada, where she married her husband, Percy Corran, and had two children, Beverley Chapman and Ronald Corran. She worked as an executive assistant to the owner of Sharpee Manufacturing in Minneapolis for many years, and ultimately moved to Des Moines to be close to her daughter Beverley and grandson Larry Chapman.

Surella was intensely committed to her family. She worked tirelessly as a young woman to care for her diabetic mother. She was a devoted mother to her two children and wonderful grandmother to her four grandchildren: Jeffrey Chapman, Lawrence (Karen) Chapman, Patricia (Robert) Musick, David (Lindsay) Corran; and six great grandchildren.

She took great pride in her vast collection of relatives, always proclaiming with a smile and no small measure of pride that "there are no homely members of our family." In truth, Surella was beautiful in every way, including a dazzling smile and a loving disposition that radiated love, warmth and sincere interest in others. Her family loved her deeply, feels profound thanks for her long and vibrant life, and will miss her greatly.

Funeral services will be held at Dunn's Funeral Home in Des Moines on Sunday, December 15, at 1 pm. Memorial donations may be made to The Jewish Federation of Des Moines.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Sunday, December 15, 2013
1:00 PM
Jewish Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines, IA
Sunday, December 15, 2013


Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
33158 Ute Avenue
Waukee, IA 50263