Mary Jan Cornies passed away on Sunday, March 31st at the Newton Medical Center. Mary Janice “Jan” Manewal was born on May 21, 1934, in Marceline, Missouri, to Willard and Mary Bernice (Shoot) Manewal. Jan spent her early years in Missouri and moved to Newton, Kansas, in 1949 when her father was transferred there by the AT&SF Railroad.
Jan graduated from Newton High School in 1952 and attended nurse’s training at St. Teresa’s College in Kansas City, Missouri. Jan had a 50-year career as a registered nurse, working in Newton for Dr. Lee Fent at Axtell Clinic and at the Kansas Christian Home. She was an excellent nurse and cared deeply for her patients.
Jan was married to Elman Alexander Cornies on April 9, 1956, in Newton, Kansas. They were married for almost 30 years at the time of his death.
Jan was an animal lover. Her pets included two Basenji dogs, Spike and Missy, and a Schnauzer, Schultz. She enjoyed reading and kept a small library in her home. She loved people, had a great sense of humor, and valued helping people in her career and throughout her life.
Jan was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her sister, Judith Manewal Foley. Jan and her husband had no children. Jan is survived by her nephew, Michael Foley and his wife Shirley of Meridian, Oklahoma, and her niece, Pamela (Foley) Miller and her husband Kevin of Amoret, Missouri and Jessica Stephenson; and significant friends: Carolyn Windsor, Karen Hopkins, and Mariah Hopkins.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, Jan requested that donations be made to Caring Hands Humane Society, 1400 SE 3rd Street, Newton, Kansas 67114. Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.