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Obituary for Marie Lucille Corning

Marie Corning, 90, of Poughkeepsie NY, passed away peacefully on March 3. Marie was the beloved wife of, and is survived by, her husband John J. Corning of Poughkeepsie NY. She is also survived by her six children, 11 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, her sister, and many nieces and nephews.

Marie was born July 14, 1930 in Brooklyn NY to Mary and Anthony Dimino and was the oldest of their two daughters. She was a stellar student and the first in her family to attend college. She met her husband John at Cornell University during their fourth year; they were both in the five year electrical engineering program. In 1953, Marie was the first ever woman graduate of the Cornell electrical engineering school with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (BEE), which was later upgraded to a Masters degree. She and John were married on their Cornell graduation day on June 15, 1953.

As they raised their family, Marie was a loving mother, role model, mentor, and inspiration to her children. Her family cherished her energy, enthusiasm, and love.

She joined the faculty at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie NY when her youngest son started kindergarten in 1969; she taught 10th grade geometry until she retired in 1982 as head of the math department. She was well liked and respected by the entire Lourdes community including the students in her classes.

Marie was a devout Catholic, very prayerful, and had a strong love and devotion to the Lord. She was a parishioner and daily communicant at St. Martin de Porres Parish, and was a member of the rosary group.

She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

Marie provided a kind and loving word to everyone she met. She generously shared her energy and passion for life. Her desire was to encourage and help everyone to achieve all they could.

Luke 12:48 When much has been given a man, much will be required of him. More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted.

Services were private and burial was in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery in Wappinger Falls. Arrangements were under the direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at