OBITUARY

Sondra (Cornelius) Wellman

January 20, 1933January 10, 2021
Play Tribute Movie

Alice Sondra Cornelius Wellman, was one of ten children born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Philip M. Cornelius and Cecilia Guedelhoefer Cornelius. She is survived by Carol Hutton (David, Melissa Mates (Mike), David Cornelius (Maureen) and John Cornelius (Ellen), 14 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard Wellman, her sisters Constance, Cornelia, Sally and Cecilia and her brother Philip M, Jr., known as Buddy.

Sondra holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a Master’s degree from Butler University.

Sondra loved children. Her vocation as an educator animated her work in the classroom as a teacher in the Indianapolis Public School system, in administration as longtime principal at St. Luke Catholic School and as mentor in her guiding and shaping student teachers later in her life.

Sondra was a quiet and humble philanthropist who generously supported charities and organizations committed to serving others. She offered her many gifts in time spent volunteering and investing herself in the service of others. She dedicated her financial resources to areas that lifted those most in need. Those who knew Sondra as a daughter, a sibling, an aunt, a godmother, a friend, a classmate, a neighbor or a colleague, describe her as gentle, gracious, wise, loyal, loving and attentive.

Sondra was an active and involved member, volunteer and leader in a number of groups and organizations throughout her lifetime. These include Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, St. Augustine Guild [member and past president], Indiana Right to Life, St. Mary of the Woods College Indianapolis Alumni Chapter and Member of the Board of Trustees, St. Vincent de Paul, Women in Providence, St. Luke Catholic School and parish, the Proctor Club and member of the Sister of Providence Development Council. Sondra was honored by the Sisters with the Sarah and Joseph Thralls Award for significant contributions of time, talent and expertise. Sondra was the former Sister Marie Martin.

Sondra’s family extends sincere gratitude to the many caregivers and friends who supported Sondra during her years of living with dementia. Senior Home Companions and Story Cottage Memory Home and those who serve those companies were great gifts to us.

Sondra requested that those who wish to support service to others consider donations to the Sisters of Providence, St. Augustine’s Guild, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Alzheimer’s Association in her honor.

There will be a public funeral mass at St. Luke Catholic Church at 7575 Holliday Drive East in Indianapolis, IN at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021. The funeral mass will be livestreamed at www.stluke.org. Scroll down on the main webpage until locating a yellow “Click Here” button under “St. Luke Mass Video”. The funeral liturgy will remain on the website for several weeks for later viewing.

Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.

Services

21 January

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

St. Luke Catholic Church

7575 Holliday Drive East
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

Memories

Sondra (Cornelius) Wellman

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Fred Sanders

January 18, 2021

Jan 18, 2021

Best principal ever! I was a better teacher with her kind, gentle, and firm supervision. She will be missed by all educators who knew her.
Fred Sanders

Nikki Privett

January 18, 2021

Sondra was a loving godmother to my father and by extension to me also. We had many discussions over the years about God and true devotion to Him. It was a deep honor to know her and be loved by her. She was a loyal and loving friend to my grandmother and was a blessing at holiday and family gatherings throughout my life. What a beautiful soul!

Ann Richardson Hightower

January 18, 2021

Growing up, Sondra was the second mom to all of us in the Richardson family. Our best memories were in each Christmas Eve when she and Dick would join us for dinner. No matter how old we got to be, we always got our marshmallow Santa from Sondra. It wasn’t the holiday without it. She was such a special person to us because of her friendship with our mother, Shirley. Our condolences to the entire family and much love and light to you all. We loved her so.

Mary Jo Woodside

January 18, 2021

I worked with Sondra at St. Luke Catholic School. She was a lovely, gracious lady. She brought this style of management to the school. She was kind, listened and then made a decision. When she needed to be tough, she could be the iron fist in a velvet glove especially for the middle schoolers, that I was teaching. Her internal peace carried over to the school family and there was a lovely sense of calm in the halls and the school. She was a wonderful person who was my friend and a great mentor and model to me. I will continue to miss her.

Patty McNultu

January 15, 2021

Mrs. Wellman was an awesome principal at St. Luke! After I graduated, she always asked my folks how I was doing when she would see them. Even later in life! She was very nice and caring! Nice that she is reunited with her husband who she loved so much. She will be missed though. Patty McNulty

Alice Reahard

January 15, 2021

Such a beautiful soul...I feel blessed to have known her. She and my mother were in the Legion of Mary and I enjoyed her sharing memories of those days especially after my dear mom passed. Thank you dear Sondra. Until we meet again... I will miss you.

Sussanne Sullivan

January 14, 2021

Sondra was my principal for 15 years at
St. Luke. It was her first year as principal and I applied for a position there. I knew her husband from when I taught at IPS. I feel he was instrumental in my getting the job at St. Luke. Sondra and I hit it off right away . That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship that lasted through the years. Rest in Heaven, Sondra!

Judy Harkness

January 13, 2021

Thank you for so many wonderful memories. You and Fr. Courtney welcomed my family to St.Luke. You will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Alice Sondra Cornelius Wellman, was one of ten children born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Philip M. Cornelius and Cecilia Guedelhoefer Cornelius. She is survived by Carol Hutton (David, Melissa Mates (Mike), David Cornelius (Maureen) and John Cornelius (Ellen), 14 nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Richard Wellman, her sisters Constance, Cornelia, Sally and Cecilia and her brother Philip M, Jr., known as Buddy.

Sondra holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and a Master’s degree from Butler University.

Sondra loved children. Her vocation as an educator animated her work in the classroom as a teacher in the Indianapolis Public School system, in administration as longtime principal at St. Luke Catholic School and as mentor in her guiding and shaping student teachers later in her life.

Sondra was a quiet and humble philanthropist who generously supported charities and organizations committed to serving others. She offered her many gifts in time spent volunteering and investing herself in the service of others. She dedicated her financial resources to areas that lifted those most in need. Those who knew Sondra as a daughter, a sibling, an aunt, a godmother, a friend, a classmate, a neighbor or a colleague, describe her as gentle, gracious, wise, loyal, loving and attentive.

Sondra was an active and involved member, volunteer and leader in a number of groups and organizations throughout her lifetime. These include Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, St. Augustine Guild [member and past president], Indiana Right to Life, St. Mary of the Woods College Indianapolis Alumni Chapter and Member of the Board of Trustees, St. Vincent de Paul, Women in Providence, St. Luke Catholic School and parish, the Proctor Club and member of the Sister of Providence Development Council. Sondra was honored by the Sisters with the Sarah and Joseph Thralls Award for significant contributions of time, talent and expertise. Sondra was the former Sister Marie Martin.

Sondra’s family extends sincere gratitude to the many caregivers and friends who supported Sondra during her years of living with dementia. Senior Home Companions and Story Cottage Memory Home and those who serve those companies were great gifts to us.

Sondra requested that those who wish to support service to others consider donations to the Sisters of Providence, St. Augustine’s Guild, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Alzheimer’s Association in her honor.

There will be a public funeral mass at St. Luke Catholic Church at 7575 Holliday Drive East in Indianapolis, IN at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021. The funeral mass will be livestreamed at www.stluke.org. Scroll down on the main webpage until locating a yellow “Click Here” button under “St. Luke Mass Video”. The funeral liturgy will remain on the website for several weeks for later viewing.

Leppert Mortuary – Nora Chapel assisting with arrangements. To share a memory, please visit www.leppertmortuary.com.