Irene C. Cornish, 94, of Ireton, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.
Irene C. Borchers was born Jan. 9, 1910, on the family farm near Akron, the daughter of John F. and Katherine (Reemts) Borchers. Irene was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township. She attended country school in Preston Township.
Irene was united in marriage to Lucian Cornish on Aug. 29, 1931. Irene and Lucian moved to California in the late 1930s, and returned to northwest Iowa in 1943 to a farm near Ireton. The couple farmed until 1973.
Irene had made her home at Hillcrest since 1988.
She was a lifelong member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church where she was a member of the ladies aid. Irene enjoyed gardening and playing bingo. While Irene was a resident at the care center, she enjoyed participating in group activities and volunteering when she could.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Donna Rae Cornish of Ireton; a daughter-in-law, Christine Cornish of Madison, Wis.; five grandchildren, Greg Cornish and his wife, Doris, of Akron, Bruce Cornish and his wife, Phyvanh, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Barry Cornish of Craig, Matthew Cornish and his wife, Debbie, of Madison, Wis., and Suzette Cornish-Broennimann and her husband, James, of Milwaukee, Wis.; nine great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Minnie Borchers of Akron; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John F. and Katherine Borchers; her husband, Lucian Cornish in 1984; a son, Darrell Cornish in 1990; a grandson, Curt Cornish in 1974; and two sisters, Amanda Fisher and Esther Heeren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron, with the Rev. William Kallestad officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Monday) with the family present after 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Carlsen Funeral Home, Schroeder Chapel in Akron.
Pallbearers will be Greg Cornish, Barry Cornish, Bruce Cornish, Matt Cornish, Suzette Cornish-Broennimann, Jessica Cornish and Justin Cornish.