Helen Cornelius, 87

May 13, 2009

MAY 7, 1922-MAY 11, 2009

Helen Cornelius, 87, of 20014 Rosebank Way, Hagerstown, Md., died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Washington County Hospital.

Born May 7, 1922, in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late John and Rosa Wills Waechter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Cornelius, in 1975.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters.

She was a volunteer with Western Maryland Hospital Center, Avalon Nursing Home and Commission on Aging.

She is survived by three stepchildren, Helen Harden of Hagerstown, Janet Gabelt of Connellsville, Pa., and Vernon Leonard of Dunbar, Pa.; 36 stepgrandchildren; and numerous stepgreat- and stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by stepchildren, Violet Fuller, Anna Mae Domico, Joseph Cornelius Jr. and Hiram Cornelius; sisters, Theresa Cantloupa, Mary Hodr, Madeline Thompson, Anna Spacik; and brothers, John C. Waechter and John B. Waechter.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 224 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. The Rev. James Nirappell will be celebrant. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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