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Memorable Manitobans: Emma Gruenke Kornelsen (1896-1985)


Born in the Rural Municipality of Roland on 23 September 1896, daughter of Emil Gruenke (1871-1930) and Mary Fenska (1873-1933), her family moved several times, including to the Plum Coulee area, Morris, and eventually to Emerson in 1919. She attended Normal School around 1921, taught at Winkler School (1922-1924) and Overstone School (1928-1929), and was Principal of Ridgeville School (1930-1932) prior to replacing Prof. H. C. Lager as German Instructor (1932-?) at Brandon College. She later returned to the rural Manitoba classroom, again as the Principal of Ridgeville School (1942-1944). In 1949, she married fellow teacher Jacob Giesbrecht “Jake” Kornelsen. Her teaching career continued at Steinbach School (1950-1952). Following her husband’s death, she moved to Teulon and worked at Teulon Collegiate for several years. Once retired, she moved to Emerson where she died at the Emerson Care Home on 29 September 1985, with burial in the Emerson Cemetery.


Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Approximately 1,000 succeed in passing examinations set for grades XI. and XII. pupils [Grade XI - Teachers’ course],” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 29 July 1921, page 9.

“Steinbach [mrs. emma kornelsen],” Steinbach Carillon, 26 November 1954, page 4.

“Steinbach district news [Mrs. Emma Kornelsen],” Steinbach Carillon, 24 May 1957, page 4.

“Looking backward [40 years ago today]," BS, 8 September 1972, page 10.

Obituary [Louise Martha Gruenke Remus], Steinbach Carillon, 14 February 1996, page 7B.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1985, page 33.

Condolences, Steinbach Carillon, 2 October 1985, page 7.

Winnipeg estate file PR85-01-02853, Emma Kornelsen, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 July 2018

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