Phyllis E. (Smith) Korneisel

Phyllis Eileen (Smith) Korneisel, age 82 of Britt, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 17, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa.

A memorial service for Phyllis Korneisel will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church in Britt with Pastor Robert Dodge officiating.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Monday, September 20, 2010 from 5-7 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 178 Center Street West, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Phyllis was born August 15, 1928 in Lucas County, Iowa to Charles Floyd and Icyle Darlene (Hull) Smith. She was educated in country schools prior to attending Britt High School, and graduated in 1947.

After graduation from Hamilton Business College in 1948, Phyllis was secretary to the president of the college until returning to Britt, where she worked for Senneff & Buck Law offices.

On June 10, 1950, Phyllis was married to her high school sweetheart, James Robert (Bob) Korneisel. After raising her children, she returned to work at Hancock County Memorial Hospital in the business office and medical records departments, retiring in 1989.

Phyllis was an active member of Britt United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, PEO, Hancock County Historical Society and Britt Women’s Club. Her interests included bridge, golf, travel, photography, quilting, crocheting, gardening, genealogy, and her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister-in-law, Joy Smith.  Survivors include her husband Bob; brother Chuck Smith & his wife Dorothy of Britt; children Kurt Korneisel of Murrieta, California; Marcia Korneisel of Ames, Iowa; and Kent Korneisel & his partner Isiaah Crawford of Seattle, Washington; sisters-in law Barbara Hullinger of Clear Lake and Kathryn Shriver of Jefferson; brothers-in-law Keith Korneisel of St. Petersburg, FL and Ken Korneisel & his wife Millie of Orange City, Florida.; many cousins, nieces & nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock County Historical Society, United Methodist Church, or West Hancock Scholarship and Loan Fund.


Date: Monday, September 20, 2010
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Chapel – Britt
178 Center Street West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Time: 10:30 am
Where: United Methodist Church – Britt
707 4th Street South West, Britt, Iowa 50423
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