Obituaries

Jo Ann Cornell, 88, died on Dec. 24, 2008, at her home in Weatherford, OK. She will be deeply missed and leaves cherished memories with her family and friends.

The daughter of the late William Allen Reeves and Emma Gibson, she was born Oct. 18, 1920 in Purcell, OK. Her great-grandfathers, John Cherioweth of Savoy, TX, and W.A. Gibson, were both surgeons in St. Louis during the Civil War on opposing sides.

Mrs. Cornell graduated from McAlester High School. She attended the Christian College for Women in Columbia, MO. She receive a BA degree in 1942 from the University of Oklahoma. She majored in English and literature and was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority.

As a general reporter she wrote for the Oklahoma City Times in 1943, during the following three years for the Daily Oklahoman, and in 1947 for the New Orleans Times Picayune. From 1948-52 she was a business reporter and from 1952-59 she was section editor for Home Furnishings Daily, Fairchild Publications. From 1965-67 she was copy and feature editor for American Metal Market. In the late '70s she was a sales representative for Robert L. Harding Jr. Real Estate - Insurance until retiring in 1992.

Mrs. Cornell grew up in McAlester with her dad, a pharmacist, and mother, a musician. She had two older brothers, James A. and E.C. "Bo" Reeves, so grew up as a tomboy determined to explore and find her place in the world. Her hobbies included horseback riding, English and Western, swimming and fishing. Her pets, cats or dogs, were lucky to have her as a friend. She loved horses and became an equestrian instructor, enjoyed barrel racing and was a rodeo queen.

She met a fellow journalist, George W. Cornell from Weatherford, OK, who proposed to her in Times Square during the New Year's countdown. On April 1, 1944 they were married. After he returned from serving in the Army during WWII, they moved to New York City. The were dutiful churchgoers and were part of the Congregation of Calvary Episcopal Church, Gramercy Park.

Jo Ann became a mother in 1955 when she gave birth to her daughter Marion Emma and in 1960 a son Harrison Reeves. They bought a house in Port Washington in 1965. Both Emma and Harrison graduated from Paul D. Schreiber School. Her volunteer work included being a Girl Scout leader, Troop 408, and co-editor of Museum Pieces, a monthly newsletter for the North Shore Junior Science Museum, Bryant Preserve, Roslyn. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, North Shore Southern Society and FISH, an interfaith community service. She was concerned about the environment and wildlife of the earth. Her favorite bird was the roadrunner. She was proud to be a native Oklahoman and in 1992 she retired building a ranch house on their farm in Weatherford. She loved the weather and her ranch house on the hill was the place to see it.

Her husband died in 1994. In 2000 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and her son became her sole caregiver until her death.

Jo Ann had a love of life appreciating God's beauty in the world. Her generous love , lessons of life, little notes, will be remembered fondly through those she touched.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers and husband. Survivors include her son Harrison Reeves Cornell; her daughter Marion Emma Cornell; her grandchildren, H.R. Cornell, Tahlya Hinds, Tom Bodhi Reeves and Yoko Miel Silk.

In the late spring a memorial will be held at the ranch house for family and friends. Contact Harrison R. Cornell, PO Box 668, Weatherford, OK 73096.

William J. McGuire Jr.,

William J. McGuire Jr., 88, died Jan. 12, 2009, in Tallahassee, FL, following a brief illness. The oldest of three siblings, he was born in Brooklyn to Helen and William J. McGuire Sr. He was a lifelong New York resident until relocating to Tallahassee in 2004, following the death of his wife of 57 years, Anne Rogers McGuire. He resided at Woodmont Assisted Living Facility and was an active member of the Woodmont community until his death.

Mr. McGuire attended Cathedral Preparatory School and St. Francis College, where he became athletic director at the age of 26. He received a master's degree from Fordham University, and for several years, taught philosophy and metaphysics at St. Francis.

During WWII, Mr. McGuire served with an Anti-Aircraft group in the South Pacific as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, 7th Defense Battalion, 3rd Marine Brigade. Honorably discharged after the war, he served with distinction in the USMC Reserves until 1963. After returning from the war, Mr. McGuire resumed the running career he began at St. Francis College. This culminated in his winning the A.A.U. Indoor National Championship 1,000 yd. Run in 1947, as a club runner from the 69th Regiment in Brooklyn.

Mr. McGuire's life's vocation involved service to the Catholic Church. He was founder and president of Development Direction, Inc., a Catholic fundraising and public relations firm, from its inception in 1963 until he retired in 2001.

Mr. McGuire was the epitome of the "Good Samaritan" and thought nothing of stopping in the middle of the night for stranded motorists, or emptying his pockets to strangers in need.

A lifelong Catholic, Mr. McGuire was a man of deep faith who attended daily Mass most of his adult life. He was also a devoted husband who for years cared for his wife through chronic health problems until her death in 2003. In addition, he was a loving father and role model to his children, and a doting "Pabo" to his grandchildren.

Mr. McGuire is survived by a son, William J. McGuire III and daughter-in-law Lynn P. McGuire of Tallahassee; daughter, Valerie A. McGuire of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren, Kathryn McGuire Keith and her husband Ryan, Janna E.M. Dinolfo, and Christopher J. Dinolfo of Washington, D.C., and LCpl. Christopher C. McGuire, USMC and Michael J.R.McGuire of Tallahassee; a great-granddaughter Fiona McGuire Keith of Washington, D.C.; loving sister-in-law Marie McGuire of Westfield, NJ.; loyal brother-in-law and friend John F. Rogers of Whitestone, NY; and many devoted cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. McGuire was predeceased by his parents, brother Jack, sister Eileen and beloved wife "Annie".

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter of Alcantara Church on Jan. 24, Burial followed at Nassau Knolls Cemetery in Port Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL, 32308.

Noreen A. Stephens

Noreen A. Stephens, formerly of Port Washington, died Jan. 18, 2009, at age 84, in Philadelphia, of heart failure. She and her husband, Bill, a WWII veteran, lived in Port Washington with their family from 1963 to 1988; Bill ran his energy company, Nobil Engineering, from Port some of that time. The couple retired to Venice, FL, where Bill passed away in 1997. Noreen remained there until August, when she moved back north to be near her daughters, Maura and Margaret.

Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, daughter of the great hurler and Irish republican fighter Patrick "Dexter" Aylward and Bridget "Bridie" Aylward, Noreen came as a toddler to the United States with her parents. She received her political science degree from Hunter College. Noreen was a devout Catholic who taught catechism at St. Peter of Alcantara Church; she was a daily communicant there and during retirement in Florida. She was a helpful friend to many and spent a lifetime involved in community service, teaching developmentally disabled people, volunteering at St. Francis Hospital in Port Washington and later in Florida. Dedicated sailors and racquet sports players, the Stephenses belonged to the Port Washington Yacht Club for years.

Noreen was predeceased by her husband, Bill; their son, Patrick, who died as an infant; and her sister Claire Aylward McHale. She leaves daughter Maura Stephens and son-in-law, George Sapio (Ithaca, NY), daughter Margaret Stephens (Philadelphia), and a huge extended family in Ireland and the USA.

There will be a private memorial in early summer. Noreen's family welcomes prayers, good wishes, cards, and stories of your interactions with Noreen. Correspondence can be sent to Margaret Stephens, 825 North 29th St. #5AA, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Donations in Noreen's memory would be welcomed by the Stephens Family Fund, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237 or Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Nurse Ministry, c/o Barbara Keyes, R.N., 1301 Center Rd., Venice, FL 34292.


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