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Obituary: CORNELIUS, DOLORES

Dolores Maria Cornelius1928 ~ 2013Salt Lake City, UtahDolores Maria Margaret Weisenberg Cornelius, 85, passed away after a short illness on June 27, 2013, surrounded by her children. Dolores was born on May 30, 1928, in Salt Lake City, to Carl Ley Weisenberg and Elizabeth Matilde Schneider. She was raised by her mother who operated a boarding house close to the U of U and who was widowed when Dolores was three. This upbringing cultivated her love and understanding for all races, nationalities and religions. She graduated from East High School in 1945, and married the love of her life, Richard Lowell Cornelius, on September 17, 1948. Together, they raised four loving children and created a home filled with humor, introspection and love. Dolores was genuinely interested in all kinds of people, and had compassion for all living things. Throughout her life she volunteered her time to many different people and causes. She was an active participant in her children's and grandchildren's education and was a member of the LDS Church, serving those in her ward for many years. She also donated much of her time at Holy Cross Hospital, a vocation that eventually turned into a job as a patient advocate, lasting 19 years. In addition, Dolores was a member of the Assistance League of Salt Lake, and energetically volunteered with that organization for more than 25 years. During their 58 years of marriage, Dick and Dolores were enthusiastic travelers. They circled the globe and she always said she never went to a place she didn't want to revisit. She was very proud that she never received a traffic ticket. Her home has been long known as a halfway house for any stray animal. She valued a wide diversity of friends and had a gift for creating intimacy and making everyone around her feel like they were very special to herand they were. She also possessed the unique ability to bring unlikely people together. Dolores maintained her personal integrity without compromising the needs of others and was always respectful of them. She was uniformly unmaterialistic throughout her lifeher family and friends were her greatest wealth. Being a grandmother to her ten grandchildren was a most rewarding part of her life. Dolores is survived by her children, Joan Cornelius, Mark (Cheri) Cornelius, Ruth (Mark) Williams, and Amy (Stephen) Broadhead; her 10 grandchildren, Brittany, Adam, Garrett, Megan, BethAnn, Daniel, Stephen, Peter, Benjamin, and Timothy; and her two great-granddaughters, Evie and Ellie. She was also anticipating the birth of two more great-grandsons this year. Friends are invited to attend funeral services on Tuesday, July 2, at 12 noon, at the Holladay 18th Ward on 2625 Milo Way in Holladay. A viewing will be held at the same location on Monday, July 1, from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday at 10:45, prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Assistance League of Salt Lake or The Humane Society of Utah.