Thief River Falls - Melda Faye Marciniak, 76, of Thief River Falls, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, N.D.
A memorial mass was held Tuesday, July 9 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert officiating. Honorary casket bearers were her grandsons Joseph Corneillie, David Sandahl, Joshua Corneillie, Bryan Nelson, Nick Jorstad, Randy Anderson and Bradley Corneillie. Interment was held the St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery at Thief River Falls.
She was born November 13, 1936 to William and Doris (Rasmussen) Marciniak in Drayton, N.D. Melda was baptized in St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Drayton, N.D. She lived and attended school in Bowesmont, N.D., where she met and fell in love with Oscar Corneillie.
On April 19, 1952, they were united in marriage in Joliette, N.D. In that marriage, they raised six children, Miles, Oscar Jr., David, Karen, Kristy and Kelly. On Oct. 31, 1965, she married Vern Nelson and during that union they welcomed one child, Michael. After 12 years with him, Melda met and was living with her soul mate, Thomas Homme for the last 33 years; right up until the day she was called to heaven.
Melda worked in several cooking jobs through out her life. She also enjoyed children so much that she opened a day care and took care of many children over the four years she was open. After closing the daycare, she worked at Northern Pride for nine years. But in 2004, she switched careers and went to work for Challenger Elementary School for next 5 years until her retirement in 2009.
Melda had a lot of hobbies, but she especially loved tending to her flowers in her garden, she enjoyed visiting and having coffee with her family that stopped by daily and she liked to crochet which she did until the day she passed.
Those left behind to fondly cherish her memory are her children, Oscar (Lynelle) Corneillie Jr., and David Corneillie both of Thief River Falls, Karen (Daniel) Sandahl of East Grand Forks, Kristy (Kent) Wagner and Kelly Corneillie both of Thief River Falls, and Michael Nelson of East Grand Forks; older sister Aurelia Landerville of Thief River Falls; three brothers, William (Cecil) Marciniak of Halstad, Curtis (Mary) Marciniak of Blaine, and Dwight (Jan) Marciniak of Alvarado. She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren, many other relatives and all her friends.
She was proceeded in death by her parents William and Doris Marciniak; her husbands Oscar Corneillie and Vern Nelson; one son, Miles Corneillie; three sisters, Virginia Bustrack, JoAnn Haugen and Sharon Millang; four grandchildren, Brandi Corneillie, Jamie Anderson, Patricia Corneillie, Richie Sandahl.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Arrangements entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, which is owned and operated by Melda’s granddaughter Jenelle, and her husband Jarrod Mankie. On-line condolences may given for the family at www.northernpeace.com.