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.