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CORKEN, Janaan

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CORKEN, Jaann. (Dubuque, IA, Mar. 5, 1925--Dubuque, IA, June 17, 2010). Active in the community, Corken played organ and piano for Nativity Parish and volunteered in the office every week beginning in 1970. A member of the Catholic Daughters Court Dubuque 1287, she was regent before being elected treasurer of the State Court and second vice regent for Educational Development. At the time of her death, she was serving as district deputy and supported the missions of the Theresians and Serrans.

Corken was president of the YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION (Y.W.C.A.) during the transition when the Community Y was founded and developed in its location on North Booth. She was active in the Y Book Club and Y-Women for many years. For over thirty-five years, she enjoyed "summering" in Estes Park, Colorado and at the age of fifty-two conquered the 14,260 foot climb of Long's Peak.

A long-time member of the CATHOLIC MOTHERS' STUDY CLUBS, Corken edited the CMSC monthly newsletter. Her own column of thoughts, composed while ironing, were known as her "Board Thoughts."