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Obituary: Cornelia (Cornie) Woitaszewski

Cornelia (Cornie) Woitaszewski was born on August 4, 1923 in rural Chandler, Minnesota to Aart and Christina Wajer Van Den Brink. As a young girl, she lived on the family farm and attended school in Chandler. Following her father's death when she was 13, she worked as a

house girl, helping various farm families. On July 31, 1943 she and Dennis (Dan) Woitaszewski were married in Lawton, Okla., where Dan was in basic training for the Army. Following marriage and Dan's return from the service, they worked for several farmers in the area. They later lived in Iona for several years, and moved to Slayton in 1956. Over the years, Cornie did housekeeping for many families in Slayton, and became lifelong friends with many of the people she worked for. She and Dan were custodians for the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton and she continued on with that work for a total of 29 years, until her retirement in 2001. Dennis passed away on November 7, 1978. In December 2003 Cornie became a resident of the Golden Living Center-Slayton. In February 2008 she moved to Our House Hospice Home in Slayton and passed away there on April 20, 2008 at the age of 84. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Slayton and in 1993 was presented with an Honorary Life Membership in the Presbyterian Women's Association. Cornie loved to cook and keep house and she was an expert at it. She also enjoyed visiting with friends and family and loved to baby-sit her grandkids, reading with them or playing cards. As they grew older, she loved their visits.

Survivors include her two sons and their spouses, Allan and Nancy Woitaszewski of Worthington, MN, and Gary and Sharon Woitaszewski of Slayton, MN, one daughter-in-law, Pam Woitaszewski of Slayton, MN, 6 grandchildren, Tracee and David Miller of Wyoming, MN, Scott and

Christine Woitaszewski of Eagan, MN, Luke and Kelli Woitaszewski of Lake Wilson, MN, Daniel Woitaszewski, Kaitlyn Woitaszewski, Jed Woitaszewski all of Slayton, and 7 great-grandchildren Christopher and Brianna Miller, Jake, Nicholas, Gavin and Jacob Woitaszewski and Faith Dieter, one brother, Stanley Vandebrink and his wife, Betty of Westminister, CA, and two sisters, Artie Ommen and her husband, Willard of Alexandria, MN and Gretchen Campbell of Houston, TX. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dan, son, Mark Woitaszewski, one sister, Jacoba Prinsen, and one brother, Henry Van De Brink.

Funeral Services: First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM with Rev. David Poppen officiating. The organist is Nola Aanenson.

The pallbearers are her grandchildren. The honorary pall-bearers are Dr. J L Bader, and Johnny Wajer. Interment is at Chandler Memorial Cemetery, Chandler, MN.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton from 4-7 PM and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.

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