CORINNE R. MONSON

 

CORINNE R. MONSON "Corky"  

Died January 18, 2013. Preceded in death by her parents, Bernhardt and Legarde (Schwanke) Richter, her husband, Daniel L. Monson, and sister, Doris Richter. Corky was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on October 7, 1923, and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha in 1941. She served in the Marine Corps during WWII, teaching ship and aircraft identification to Marine pilots. Following her honorable discharge from the Marines, Corky attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, majoring in Sociology (Criminology). It was while attending classes that she met her husband Dan, whom she married on June 11, 1949. After graduating from college, Corky was employed as a juvenile detective with the Madison police department until the birth of her first son, Mark. The family moved to Washington, DC, where Dan was employed as an attorney with the Department of Agriculture. Corky then worked as a counselor with the DC Department of Corrections at the women's reformatory in Lorton, Virginia, until the birth of her second son James. When her children entered elementary school, Corky began her second career as a teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools, first as a substitute and then full time as a special education teacher. While working as a teacher, she furthered her education by earning a master's degree in education from George Washington University. Corky loved dancing (ballroom, tap, clogging, hula, and belly), golf, tennis, acting in local theatrical plays, and doing volunteer work for various organizations. Above all, she loved her family and friends dearly. She is survived by her sons, Mark Monson and James Monson (Christine); two grandchildren, Andi Floyd (Travis) and CJ Monson; a sister, Marguerite Fapso; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Wuethrich; many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 31 at St. Bernadette's Church on Olde Keene Mill Road, Springfield, with visitation at 10 a.m. at the church. A private entombment will follow the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.




Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30, 2013