Obituaries Mary Lou Cornette
Mary Lou Cornette, Ph.D, affectionately known as M.L. Cornette, died suddenly at her home in Vermillion on July 28, 2000.
Mary Lou was born March 28, 1936 to Judson Lloyd and Frances Maude Cornette. She grew up in Alliance, NE, and then went on to The University of South Dakota where she received a bachelor's degree in theatre arts and English.
She married Paul Durhman in 1959 and they had three children together, whom they raised in southeastern Minnesota.
Mary Lou returned to college in 1985, completed a master's degree in speech communications and then went on to get a doctorate degree in professional studies at Colorado State University. After having taught at Fort Collins, CO, and Billings, MT, Mary Lou joined the mass communications department at USD in 1994 as an associate professor. She was the director of the public relations department.
She produced two movies, A Story of Family, which she also wrote, and the documentary Smoke Signals. Both of these works received national awards and honors and were widely broadcast on public television. She was twice nominated for a Teacher of the Year Award, called the Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award, as she mentored many students and was well loved by them. She also served on many committees at USD and belonged to several professional organizations.
In addition to her professional scholarship, Mary Lou was an accomplished artist, her medium � Norwegian rosemaling. She was also a master Reiki practitioner. She was a great storyteller, and was the official historian for Carhenge.
She was an active member of the United Church of Christ Congregational. She was very involved in her community and enjoyed membership on the Vermillion Area Arts Council, was a Friend of the Vermillion Public Library, the United Way, the W.H. Over Museum, the USD Foundation and Vermillion Rotary. Last year, Mary Lou was honored by Rotary with the distinguished Paul Harris Fellowship.
She is survived by her children: Leslie Frances Durhman and her husband Pat Jaeger, Gilbert, AZ, Seric Cornette Durhman and his wife Merlin, Wellington, CO, and Susan Lee Worden and her husband Tim, Hector, MN; grandchildren: Jessica Frances, Patrick Milo, Samantha Rose and Lindsey Ruth Worden; her brothers: James Cornette and his wife Barbara, Alliance, NE, and John Cornette and his wife Lyndall, Yankton; her sister: Rosa Lee Hoff and her husband Gordon, Alliance, NE; many nieces and nephews and in-laws.
A memorial service was held in Vermillion on July 31 at the United Church of Christ Congregational, with the Rev. Steve Miller officiating. Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements. A memorial service was also held Aug. 1 in Alliance, NE.
Memorials may be directed to the M.L. Cornette Scholarship fund at The University of South Dakota.
Lydia J. Bartling, 98, of Coleridge, NE, died Wednesday, July 26, 2000 at the Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 28 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, with the Rev. Norman Salaica officiating. Burial was in Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Coleridge.
Pallbearers were Dale Bartling, Keith Bartling, Franklin Hefner, Bryon Heier, Gordon Janssen and Curtis Papenhausen.
Visitation was from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at the Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge.
Miss Bartling was born April 2, 1902, to William and Friedaricka (Sussiek) Bartling at Coleridge. She grew up in Coleridge and graduated from the Coleridge High School in 1920. She attended Wayne State College and then taught school in rural Cedar County. She later returned to Wayne State and then taught high school at Pearl Creek and Maskell, NE, Holy Springs, IA and Creighton, NE.
In 1950, she moved to Vermillion and taught English and Latin at Vermillion High School. She attended The University of South Dakota in Vermillion and received her bachelor's degree. She joined Delta Kappa Gamma in 1952. She retired from teaching in 1971 and moved to Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge in 1987.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters: Alvina Hefner, Anna Hahne, Freida Janssen, Dena Papenhausen, Emma Bartling and Lena Heier; and one brother: Martin Bartling.