Darlene Cornog, 67, Minot, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Darlene Fay Cornog was born Oct. 26, 1946, the daughter of Gerald and Lauretta (Gust) Cornog, in Bottineau. She was raised and educated in Kramer, and was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Kramer. She graduated from Kramer High School in 1964.
Following her high school graduation, she moved to Minot and attended Minot Business College, where she attained a degree in accounting. Darlene then made her home in Minot, and was blessed with the birth of her daughter, Michelle, in 1971.
Darlene started working at the Minot Air Force Base in the civil engineering squadron in 1967. She later worked as a medical transcriptionist at the Air Force Veterans Administration Hospital in Minot for several years before working as a medical transcriptionist at the Minot Air Force Base Hospital. In 1989, she started working for the North Dakota Air National Guard CETSC as an administrative assistant. She continued working there until retiring in 2008, after 42 years of civil service work.
She was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Kramer. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Minot, where she sang in the choir and helped with the church's newsletter. She volunteered at Trinity Hospital for a number of years, and in her retirement years, volunteered at the Norsk Hostfest and at Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry. She was also a member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees and served as chairman for the Alzheimer's Association.
She was active in bowling leagues, enjoyed fishing, and loved music, as she regularly attended musical plays and had season tickets to the Minot Symphony Orchestra.
Darlene's full-time job for the last 10 months had been as a grandmother to twins, Maya and Trevor Byrd. She spent four months at her daughter's home in Connecticut with them following their birth and another three months there with them over the past few months. She was blessed to spend the holidays with her twin grandbabies, who gave her endless joy.
Surviving family includes: daughter, Michelle (Scott) Byrd, West Hartford, Conn.; twin grandchildren, Maya and Trevor Byrd; brothers, Jerome (Bonnie) Cornog, Clarks Summit, Pa., and Gene (Ethel) Cornog, Minot; nieces, Alecia (Frank) Buono and Lynn Dykes; nephews, Lee and Andrew Cornog; eight great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous cousins.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Lauretta Cornog; great-aunt, Lillie Garbe; and cousin, Shirley Kuebler.
Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 11 a.m., at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Jan. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, or to Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church Food Pantry, both of Minot.
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