Mary Cornman

Obituary of Mary Cornman

Mary Cornman, 84, of North Utica, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, Utica. Mary was born October 11, 1935 in Hartford, CT, to the late John and Josephine Manzone. She graduated from Weaver High School in Hartford, CT in 1953 and attended Central Connecticut State Teacher’s College in New Britain. She was united in marriage with her husband, Paul Cornman, on April 7, 1956. A devoted member of Saint Peter’s church, Mary was a member of the Altar Rosary Society, taught Religious Education for Special Education students, and worked in the church Rectory office. She also worked as a computer programmer for the First National Bank in Anchorage, Alaska as well as in a variety of business administration offices. She was an avid and competitive game player with an unrivaled vocabulary, always willing to take on all comers in Scrabble, Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit. A voracious reader, there was always a book in Mary’s hand, even at stop lights and the dinner table! She also found time for her Knitting Club and Game Day with her girlfriends. Mary enjoyed many other activities including competitive league bowling, knitting and sewing. She loved drawing and painting, proudly exhibiting some of her work in the Munson Williams Art Sidewalk Show. Although always busy, Mary always made time for her grandchildren whether it be babysitting, sewing Halloween costumes, or attending sporting events and school concerts. Mary and her husband Paul enjoyed traveling cross-country in their RV. Along the way they often attended RV Jamborees in several states including Kentucky, Kansas, Oregon, and Washington, to name a few, and attended their grandson’s graduation from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Mary is survived by her husband of 64 years, Paul, four daughters, Laurinda (Michael) Zoufaly, Paula Gambill (Dennis Wengert), Teresa (Mike) Seeley, Sheila (Craig) Horak and one son, James (Melody) Cornman; nine grandchildren, Jordan (Anna) Gambill, Colin Horak, Sean (Krystal) Zoufaly, Zachary Gambill, Scott (Kate Conoby) Cornman, Brandon Gambill, Catherine Horak, Danny (Kaitlyn Hill) Cornman, and Meagan Zoufaly; one great grandchild, Everett Gambill; two brothers, Peter (Sandy) Manzone and Joseph Manzone; and her dog, Baby Girl. Mary’s funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Historic Old St John’s Church, 240 Bleecker St in Utica, NY. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 25th from 5 to 7 PM at Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Road in North Utica, NY. Masks must be worn, social distancing and contact tracing will be implemented. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff of Masonic Care Community for the care and compassion they showed her throughout her stay with them. Donations in memory of Mary Cornman can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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Calling Hours

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, September 25, 2020
Heintz Funeral Home
408 Herkimer Rd.
Utica, New York, United States

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Historic Old St. John Church
John St.
Utica, New York, United States


Donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 502 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the Alzheimer's Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204-1305
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