Cornelia M. Bina, 95, of Spillville, passed away at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wis. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Mass Of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Spillville, with Rev. Donald Hawes officiating. Lector is Art Bina. Organist is Doris Thompso. Soloist is Dan Silhacek. The St. Wenceslaus Choir will sing "Here I Am Lord," "Amazing Grace," "On Eagles Wings," "Going Home" and "How Great Thou Art." Offertory giftbearers are Jean Ebert and Gail Lansing. Casketbearers are Cornelia's grandchildren: Jay McCormick, Julie and Travis Kneale, Mary Frances and Bobby Wright, Kelly McCormick, Kris and Steve Midthun, Keith Sbiral and Amy Gardner, Tami and Jeramy Monroe, Amy and Grant Breitsprecher. Interment is at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Spillville. Arrangements by Balik Funeral Home, Spillville.
Cornelia Marie Hildegard Hagemann was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Fort Atkinson, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Imoehl) Hagemann. She was the oldest of four children. As a young girl, Cornelia was a "hired girl" for several farm families. She was united in marriage to Wencel (Jimmie) Bina, Jr. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1938. They were the parents of six children. Cornelia was well-known for her cooking. She worked 38 years as the St. Wenceslaus Catholic School lunch cook, where her maid-rites and homemade buns Tuesdays were particular favorites of generations of children. Cornelia made hamburgers at the Inwood and cleaned after the dances, and was the cook during the night shift at the Red Vest in Calmar. She also made the best "Rice Krispie treats" for her grandkids. In her later years, Cornelia enjoyed reading, playing cards and dominoes, doing puzzles, having flowers around her, watching "her birds," especially the cardinals, and making quilts and diapers for layettes and thousands of rosaries each year. Cornelia was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Ladies Guild, the Clarence Bily Ladies Auxiliary, and the Civic Improvement Association.
Cornelia is survived by her six children: Robert F. and Delores DeWilde Bina, Davenport; Marcella M. McCormick (the late Walter V. McCormick), Waverly; Paul C. and Linda J. Bina, Milwaukee, Wis.; James V. and Melvina J. Bina, Columbus, Ohio; Beatrice E. (Betty) Sbiral, Calmar; and Mary Lou and Douglas Egeland, Ossian; eight grandchildren: Jay V. McCormick, Julie M. and Travis Kneale, Mary Frances and Bobby Wright, Kelly M. McCormick, Kris A. and Steve D. Midthun, Keith R. Sbiral and Amy M. Gardner, Tami and Jeramy Monroe, and Amy and Grant Breitsprecher; and three great-grandchildren: Michael R. Wright, Kathryn M. Wright, and Kenzie Monroe. She also is survived by a sister-in-law, Sister M. Antonia Bina of Omaha, Neb., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wencel (Jimmie) Bina, Jr., in 1962; parents, Fred and Mary Hagemann; a son-in-law, Walter V. McCormick; two grandchildren, Dave and Deny Egeland; her brothers, Clarence Hageman, Virgil Hagemann, and Charles Hagemann; and numerous brother-in laws and sister-in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spillville Public Library.