Emma Karolina Cornelius, age 89, of Painted Post, NY passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Absolut Care of Three Rivers after an extended illness. Emma was born May 24, 1927 in Eggenfelden, Germany to Franz and Emma Bertl.
Emma came to the US in 1955 and was naturalized in June of 1966. She was a lifelong communicant of St. Vincent Church. Emma worked most of her life at the A&P Plant in Big Flats until it closed. She later worked at the Corning Hilton until her retirement.
She is survived by three children: Brigitte (David) Helwig of Orchard Park, NY, Edward (Lauren) Cornelius of Painted Post, NY, and Debra Cornelius of Corning, NY and she was a loving grandmother to her four grandchildren: David (Laura) Helwig of Orchard Park, Nicole (Troy) Teeter of Tyrone, Kathryn (Chris) Allen of Corning, and Ashley (Matt) DeWert of Corning and to her nine great grandchildren. In Germany, she is survived by sister Rosa and other extended family.
She was predeceased by her parents; infant son, Gary; sister and brother-in-law, Charley and Anneliese Clarke; and former husband, Edward B. Cornelius.
Emma loved animals and memorial donations can be directed to the Chemung County SPCA, 2435 NY-352, Elmira, NY 14903.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vincent De Paul Church, 222 Dodge Ave., Corning, NY on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 11:00am with Fr. John Forni officiating. Interment will immediately follow at Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post.
Kind words or fond memories of Emma can be shared with her family at www.PhillipsFuneralHome.com