Mary Cordaro

Memorial services for Mary E. Cordaro, 90, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2010, at the Wesleyan Church in Lawrence.  Private inurnment will be held at a later date.  She died Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

She was born March 27, 1920 in Glenview, IL, the daughter of Arthur and Lillian Volkmann Ensor.  She lived for many years in Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO and moved to Lawrence in 1988 from St. Louis.

She was married to Joseph A. Cordaro on May 30, 1952.  He preceded her in death in March 1974.

Survivors include two daughters: Mary Cederstrand of Omaha, NE, Jude McDaniel, of Lawrence, two sons: Jack Kraaz, of Ripon, WI, Stephen Kraaz, of Omaha, NE, ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Mary Cordaro was a servant of God.  She met the needs of others throughout her lifetime.  She cared for the sick and needy, fed the poor and provided counseling for many.  Her life is personified by loving and giving to others.

She attended the Lawrence Wesleyan Church and led Bible studies in many places that she lived.  She loved to cook, travel, garden, shop and listen to opera.

The family will receive friends at the church from 3 p.m. until service time.

The family suggests memorials in her name to Significant Matters (a people-connecting ministry ) in Olathe, KS, and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.


17 Condolences

  1. Kelley Witmer on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jude and family,
    My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.

  2. Chrissy Hunt-Hilliard on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jude and Wayne, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Mary was a sweet, Godly woman who touched many lives. May you take comfort in the fact that she is now at home with Jesus!

    In Christ,

  3. Sherry Nader on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jude and Wayne, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughs and prayers-that God will give you and your family strength and comfort. Sincerely, Sherry Nader

  4. Hans-Peter Schultze on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Judy,
    My and Gloria’s deep condolescences (Gloria is at the moment in Germany, I hope that she will get back despite the volcanic ash). We have spoken sometimes about your mother and I understood your close connection to her.

  5. Tony Williams on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I’m extremely sorry to hear this. I met Aunt Mary on a few occasions and was really impressed by her humanity, sincerity, and warm personality. She will be really missed. Our condolences to the family.

  6. Dorothy & Gerald Martin on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    We are sorry to learn of your loss. You will miss your Mother but she will never be forgotten. Sending our love and concerns. Gerald & Dorothy Martin

  7. Mary and Jack Brown on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jude,

    We are so very saddened to learn of the loss of your mother. Please know that we have you and your family in our hearts and are thinking of you all.

    Our kindest thoughts to you,

    Mary and Jack

  8. Orville & Mary Church on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    We are sorry for you loss.
    In sympathy.

  9. Ron & Becky Zeller on April 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jude, We are sorry to hear of your mothers passing.
    Your Mom was an amazing Woman. She always made everyone feel special. I was fortunate to have been in one of her many bible studies long ago. She was a great counselor and friend to me. I will never forget her and her lovely spirit. I will be out of town on Monday. Please accept our Deepest Sympathy.
    Becky & Ron Zeller & Family

  10. Terry Phillips on April 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Your mother was deeply loved by us, her love and joy in Christ was so evident each time we spoke. Some of the paths of my life are a reflection of what Mary taught me. Our deepest sympathy, love, and support. Dave & Terry

  11. Meredith Lane on April 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jude and Wayne,
    I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything can do to ease your suffering at this difficult time.

    With prayers that God will bless you with His comforting love,


  12. Carl & Tricia Terkildsen on April 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jude, We are both saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful mom, Mary. No words are enough at this time of your grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I remember Mary from the Friday Night Group meetings and we will never forget her great wisdom and biblical insights. Again, sorry for your loss! Much Love, Carl & Tricia Terkildsen

  13. Mark Wehmeyer on April 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Connie,Hillary and Mark

  14. Sylvia Smith on April 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss and hope you can find comfort during this difficult time.


    Sylvia Smith

  15. Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka on April 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Dear Jude,

    May God see you and your family through this period. My deepest sympathy.


  16. Paula and Bob Hahn on April 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

    We send you our thoughts and prayers in the loss of your mother (grandmother). Mary was a blessing to all who knew her and I only wish I had spent more time with her getting to know her better and gaining from her wisdom. As she is with her Savior, may He bless all of you with His peace and His comfort. Bob and Paula Hahn

  17. Susan Twombly on April 27, 2010 at 12:00 am


    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Seems as if she lived a long life and was loved by many. At least you were able to spend her last year with her.

    Take care,

    Susan Twombly

Leave a Condolence