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“Cornell Family,I was saddened to hear of your loss.  I did my student teaching with Mrs. Cornell and was also a student of hers at Simle.  ...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Smallacombe - Easton, PA

“Jim, Ryan and Family, my heart was saddened today as my wife shared the news about Fran passing on to heaven.  I started to think about what a...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Doug Sturlaugson - Bismarck, ND

“Jim and family,We send you our deepest sympathy.  Fran was such a kind and caring person and she could carry on a conversation like no other. ...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Kelli (Heinert) Hagerott - ND

“I am sending my deepest sympathy to Ryan and his family during their time of grief.   ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Annette Llewellyn - St. Louis, MO

“Thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of Ryan's family.  We will be here to support Ryan when he returns to work.  Judging from the man...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Cynthia Hermann - St Louis, MO

“May you cherish all the wonderful memories you have of your wife, mother, grandmother!!  Fran was truly a special gift from God to us all. ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Arlene Stewart - Huntington Woods, MI

“Ryan,My prayers are lifted up for you and your family.1 Thessalonians 4:13,14(13)Our brothers, we want you to know the truth about those who have...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Tamara S. Walker - St Louis, MO

“My thoughts and prayers to all of Fran'sfamily. What a lovely and special person she was. May she always rest in peace. ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Hildie Gray (Ressler) - Seattle, WA

“Uncle Jim & Family,I am so sorry that Aunt Francie had to leave you all. She was the best person in the world. When I was young I remember her taking...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Linda Valenti - Napa, CA

“Your Fran Cornell looks like Princess Diana when you first take a look at her picture in the obituary. She was graceful and beautiful.  She...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Cornell Family,    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.  God Bless ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Paula Lyon - Bismarck, ND

“I just wanted to send my heartfelt condolences to all of you. I am very blessed to have had the opportunity to grow up around Fran and the rest of...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Travis Riffey - Oak Creek, WI

“Carol and I were deeply saddened to learn of your wifes death.  We pray that God will be with you in these difficult times.  Don and Sylvia...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Bill Grosz - Gold Canyon, AZ

“To Jim & Family,Although I have never met you I feel that I know you.Fran was a great lady, a lady in every sense of the word and it was my good...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Margaret Forknell - Bismarck, ND

“Jim and family,I am sure you know how wonderful a wife and mother you had.  She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say from the...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Sandy Hay - Minneapaolis, MN

“Jim and Family,We feel so fortunate to have know Fran.  She was kind and such a nice person.  I had the privilege of working with Fran at...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Margo Dietz - Bismarck, ND

“Ryan, All of us have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers - Lean on the memories, tell the stories.  Peace,  Eric Affholter ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: Eric Affholter - St. Louis, MO

“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Jim and his family. ”
18 of 20 | Posted by: Joan Kovash

“Fran was my gym teacher from 72-74.  I thought she was wonderful.  She made such an impression in my life.  I loved sports and a big...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: lynell Gilliland (Bender) - AL

“I will always remember Fran as a delightful, warm person that greeted you with a smile.   ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Kris Scarborough - Mandan, ND

       Fran Cornell, 59, Bismarck, died November 12, 2006, at her home.

       Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10:30 AM at Church of Corpus Christi in Bismarck with Rev. Paul Becker officiating.  Burial will be at Mandan Union Cemetery.

       Visitation will be held Wednesday from 3:00 - 9:00 PM and Thursday from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a rosary and prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday evening.

       Fran Leingang was born on October 10, 1947, in Bismarck, North Dakota, the daughter of Alex and Frances (Lauinger) Leingang.  She was raised in Mandan where she graduated from Mandan High School in 1965.  Fran attended BJC for two years and then graduated from NDSU in 1969.  Fran began teaching Physical Education at Simle Junior High School.  Here, she met her husband Jim Cornell whom she married on June 25, 1971.  Fran remained at Simle for 36 years until her retirement in 2005.  Fran coached and judged gymnastics.  She was a member of several teaching associations and worked at Marshall Fields for many years.  Fran was a parishioner of Corpus Christi where she served as a Eucharistic minister.

        Fran was a devoted teacher and coach who gained great joy through working with students and athletes.  Fran was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She had endless amounts of love that she shared with all those around her.  Her strength and love will continue on in all those she touched.

        She is survived by her husband, Jim of Bismarck; her daughters and son-in-law, Paige and Aaron Engberg of South Lyon, Michigan, and Lynn Cornell of Lakeville, Connecticut; her son, Ryan Cornell of St. Louis, Missouri; her grandchildren, Allison, Morgan, and Brooke Engberg, all of South Lyon, Michigan; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Regina Leingang of Pinole, California, Eugene and Judy Leingang of Pinole, California, and George and Jean Leingang of Bismarck; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann Gangl of Mandan, Lorraine Heinert of Vacaville, California, Mary Heinert of Bismarck, Stephanie and Leo Schwartz of Mandan, Delores and Frank Beehler of Lodi, California, and Abby and Ken Olson of Minot; and her nieces and nephews.

        She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and one sister.

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