Suzanne Cornwell Obituary

Suzanne Maray Cornwell
Suzanne M. Cornwell
Suzanne Maray Cornwell

July 10, 1932 - August 22, 2010
Born in Mason City, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Suzanne Maray Cornwell, 78, passed from this life on Sunday, August 22, 2010 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. In agreement with Suzanne's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service honoring Suzanne's life will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 2, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Urbandale. Private committal services will take place at a later date.

Suzanne was born on July 10, 1932 in Mason City, Iowa to Clifford Joseph and Bernice Gail (Olson) Pierce. She was a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines. On September 6, 1953, Suzanne married Grant Charles Cornwell in Mason City. In 1960, they moved to Des Moines, where they made their home. Suzanne was a teacher and a homemaker. She was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, of which she volunteered in various capacities. Suzanne was also an avid reader and volunteered at the Franklin Avenue Library, of which she was a charter member of Friends of Franklin Avenue Library.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her two daughters, Dr. Ann Maray Kooiker of Becker, MN and Kay (Dr. James V. Wessels) Cornwell-Wessels of San Antonio, TX; brother, Joel (Ronda) Pierce of Urbandale; five grandchildren, Dr. Benjamin Arthur (Jill) Kooiker of Berkley, MI, Ruth Ann (Kevin) Hoffman of Lombard, IL and Charles Grant Kooiker of Breezy Point, MN, James F. (Melissa) Wessels of Urbandale and Renee Wessels of Des Moines; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas Wessels and Stephanie Wessels; and two nephews, Justin (Whitney) Pierce and Mason Pierce. Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Suzanne had requested that any memorial contributions be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, the Animal Rescue League or Planned Parenthood.


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Memorial Service
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
3510 - 72nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Saturday, October 2, 2010
11:00 AM
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St. Stephen Lutheran Church
3510 72nd Street
Des Moines, IA US 50322
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1171-7th Street
Des Moines, IA US 50314