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Margaret Alice “Peg” Cornell

September 14, 2016
Westfield Republican

Margaret Alice "Peg" Cornell, 82, died peacefully September 7, at WCA Hospital with her daughter, Diane, by her side. Since May 2013, Peg lived at 170 Lakeview Avenue in Mayville, NY and was a long-time resident in Cuba, NY.

Peg was known for her huge smile and being a devout Christian. She was the wife of Norman J. Cornell who died July 28, 2004. They had a wonderful 52-year marriage, despite both having severe health problems. Peg is survived by two daughters, Peggy Lynn Straus ("Jim") and Dr. Diane Cornell-McCoy (Mike McCoy); her sister, Audrey Allison; her sister-in-law, Elsie Wall, her five grandchildren: Rachel (Joseph) Wagner, Aaron (Julie) Straus, Jonathan (Dominique) Straus, Nathaniel Straus, and Christina McCoy; her six great grandchildren: Joseph and Abigail Wagner, Benjamin, Samantha, Hosanna and Elianna Straus. Peg is also survived by dear friends Erin and Babs Johnson.

Besides her parents Floyd E. Wall and Margaret D. Schaefer Wall Craig, Peg was predeceased by her brother, John Wall, her sister-in-law, Lois Ostrom Wall, her brother-in-laws, Eugene Cornell and Homer Allison, and her niece, Jean Marie Cornell Cuoco.

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Margaret Alice “Peg” Cornell

Peg was born on May 10, 1934. She attended a two-room school in Stillwater, Jefferson Middle School and graduated with honors from Jamestown High School. At age 50, she earned a certificate in business from JBC.

Peg caught the eye of Norm, when she was just 14 years old. They married on March 22, 1952 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Stillwater, NY. From 1953 to 1957, they owned the Boniwood Dairy Bar serving ice cream treats, and later sold the business, so Peg could stay home with their girls. In 1973 when Norm became disabled, Peg owned and operated Dutch Roy's Ski Lodge in Ellicottville, NY. Peg worked many jobs in her life, her favorite was being a substitute teacher in Allegany County.

For 33 years, Peg faithfully attended her husband through heart disease and finally lung cancer, despite having breast and colon cancer herself. Every day they could be together was precious to them. They were proud of their daughters; they delighted in their grandchildren. In 2013, Peg had repeated spontaneous spinal fractures. In 2014, after four back surgeries, she was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called multiple myeloma. She persevered through twenty five rounds of chemo. Relying on her faith, Peg fought hard against her cancers, but she never considered her fight to be courageous.

In her churches, she served others by teaching, cooking, and supporting missions. She was a 30-year member of North Park Wesleyan Church and most recently attended Mayville United Methodist Church. As a girl she attended Findley Lake Camp and committed her life to Christ then.

Although Peg was talkative, she was an excellent listener was well. She shared hour-long chats with Diane, Audi, and Babs. She made lifelong friends in her prayer group and was supported in her Job-like trials by Mary, Joyce, Peg and Joanne. She was truly a loving and lovely person. Peg will be greatly missed by many, but now she is in heaven with Norm, joyfully pain-free forever more.

Her service was Sunday, September 11th at 2 pm at the Falconer Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Parson and Rev. Jon Ward officiated. The family received friends from 1-2 pm. Her burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Peg request memorial gifts to Mayville Fire Dept. 1 South Erie Street, Mayville Public Library 92 S. Erie Street or Mayville United Methodist Church (Camp Findley Fund) 81 S. Erie Street all of Mayville, NY 14757 or North Park Wesleyan Church 32 Spring Street, Cuba, NY 14727. Please light a candle for Peg at



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