Jean Bernadette Corley (Ryan)

Jean Bernadette Corley (Ryan)

October 4, 1941 – December 24, 2020
Age 79 of Burnsville. Jean B. Corley, age 79, of Burnsville, passed peacefully in the presence of her loving family, on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Survived by her husband of 58 years, John (Jack) Leo Corley; 7 children, Bernadette Troge (Gary), Steven, Christine, Rebecca Sago (Frank), Matthew (Elisa), Margaret Horejsi (Michael), and Joseph (Stacie); 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Jean, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, was born to James & Margaret (Popesh) Ryan in Ely. Grandparents Michael & Margaret (Sever) Popesh, Ely, and James & Barbara (Taylor) Ryan of rural Aitkin MN. Preceded in death by parents; grandparents; brother, James; sister, Mary Corley; brothers-in-law, Frank Weisinger, and Leonard Fox; sister-in-law, Karen Ryanand daughter-in-law, Raquel (Steve).

One of ten children, she is survived by 5 sisters, Margaret Fox, Theresa Weisinger, Barbara (Robert) Carnes, Veronica (Paul) DuPuis, and Elizabeth (Larry) Alexander; and two brothers, Joseph (Sharon), and John (Gailyn).

Jean was a loving, caring and open minded woman, with a strong faith. She cherished her family and friends. She grew up in Ely, moving to the East Coast for the first 17 years of her marriage, then returned to the “beautiful blue sky” of Minnesota to be closer to her parents and siblings. A devoted mother and wife, she led Brownies/Cub Scouts, before taking a position in the Dakota County Library System.

She and her husband, Jack, traveled the world in retirement. At times traveling the US to sightsee, play Bridge and see shows. She was an avid Bridge player and patron of the theater. She loved nature, gardening, knitting, games, puzzles, cards, reading and singing. Open the front door to her home and you could often catch a show tune.

A devoted mother, she tirelessly supported her special needs daughter in her typical selfless manner, with her time and energy. She was the ultimate grand and great grandmother by hosting a yearly family reunion for a week at places up north, so the cousins could all be together.

Nobody was a stranger to her and often an “extra” person could be found at the Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

She will be greatly missed by her husband and family.

A service will be held next year in the summer. Memorials can be made to Guild Incorporated, an organization which supports Jean’s daughter.