Thomas C. Corkery
Funeral Services were 10:30 a.m. – Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilbertville, IA. Concelebrants were Fr. Henry P. Huber, Fr. Lloyd E. Reuter, Msgr. Ralph P. Simington and Fr. Jeffrey A. Dole. Deacon Kevin Hagarty, also assisted. Music was by Sue Reiter, organist, Deb Michael, soloist and the Immaculate Conception Choir. Casket Bearers were Donald Corkery, Timothy Corkery, Jerry Corkery, Vincent Corkery, Gregory Corkery, Carl Corkery, Keith Corkery and Kurt Corkery. Burial was at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Gilbertville with military rites conducted by Nugent-Demuth American Legion Post #714 of Gilbertville and the Iowa National Guard.
Visitation was held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville on Friday, February 14, from 3-7 p.m. with a rosary at 3 p.m. and vigil service at 6 p.m. Visitation also continued for an hour before services Saturday at the church. Memorials will be directed to The Bosco System in Gilbertville, St. Athanasius Catholic School in Jesup, and to a Parkinson’s Association. Online condolences may be posted at www.White-MtHope.com.
Mr. Corkery was born August 29, 1929, in Fairbank, IA, the son of John Charles Corkery and Margaret Elizabeth (Staebell) Corkery. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Fairbank and before marriage worked on the farm and then served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He received the Purple Heart Medal for his service. On May 27, 1953, he was united in marriage to Regina Marie Fettkether at St. Francis Catholic Church, rural Dunkerton, IA. They farmed in the Jesup area for many years before retirement. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Nugent-Demuth American Legion Post #714, both in Gilbertville; and the National Farmers Organization. Mr. Corkery loved his family and enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren. He found great joy in his chosen occupation of farming.
Mr. Corkery is survived by eight sons, Donald (Joanne) Corkery of Brandon, IA, Timothy (Sharon) Corkery of Independence, IA, Jerry (Wanda) Corkery of Marion, IA, Vincent (Michelle) Corkery of La Porte City, IA, Gregory (Kathy) Corkery of Jesup, Carl (Suzie) Corkery of Jesup, Keith (Bonnie) Corkery of Fairbank, Kurt (Rachelle) Corkery of Gilbertville, IA; four daughters, Rita (Kim) Borrett of Waterloo, IA, Annette (Brett) Bjorheim of Stewartville, MN, Rose (Tim) Gorton of Marion, IA, Theresa (Matt) Hopkins of Rowley, IA; 38 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Leon Corkery of Moline, IL; three sisters, Patti (Richard) Sulentic of Cedar Falls, Mary Kail of Peoria, IL, and Sister Terese Corkery of Bolivia. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Regina (April 30, 2016); twin infant sons, James and Joseph; eight brothers, Bob, Paul, Mike, Dick, Lou, Ed, Lawrence and Fr. Raymond Corkery; one daughter-in-law, Bobbi Corkery.
White Funeral Home, Jesup, IA, was in charge of the arrangements.