Corrinne L. Pedersen

August 31, 1939February 8, 2019

Corrinne L. Pedersen, 79, passed away February 8, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. All who knew her could not help but be touched by her ubiquitous smile and unflagging can-do attitude. Her presence would light up a room. She had the ability to always seek out the silver lining in any difficult situation and had a wonderful gift of being able to cultivate enduring friendships with people who had views widely disparate from her own. She was born in Hayes Center, Nebraska to Martin and Claudina Hasenauer. Corrinne graduated from Cozad High School and was very active in her class reunion planning committee. She spent a significant part of her life being of service to communities in Nebraska and many surrounding states. Corrinne was the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President from 1978 to 1989. Her next position was the Manager of Community/Economic Development for NMPP Energy in Lincoln, Nebraska from 1989 to her retirement June 30, 2015. Her position focused on working with 190 municipals in seven states. In addition to her full-time positions, she actively served as the consumer representative on the Nebraska Board of Nursing and she chaired the Nebraska Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Board. Corrinne is survived by her husband, William (Bill); son, Kirk and wife Grace in Claremont, California and daughter, Karen and husband Mark in Manhattan, Kansas. She will be truly missed by countless others whose lives she touched. Visitation will be held at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, February 14, from 5-8:00 p.m. Funeral service to be held on February 15, at 12:30 p.m. A memorial has been established by the family with the Cancer Alliance of Nebraska in their support of cancer research for Nebraskans.


  • Cancer Alliance of Nebraska


  • Visitation Thursday, February 14, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 15, 2019

Corrinne L. Pedersen

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Phyllis Bigbee

February 16, 2019

Corrinne gave piano lessons to all our children while she was in Broken Bow. Our last two didn't get to take lessons very long, till she moved on to other pursuits. The next teacher just didn't measure up. Corrinne was always so encouraging. We were thankful for the years they did have with her.

Lavon Sumption

February 16, 2019

From the moment I met Corrinne, I knew her as a spirited, positive, caring "can do" lady!
I'm confident that Bill and and family will be strongly supported by friends and a flood of special memories of all they shared with Corrinne.

Ron and Orpha McVicker

February 15, 2019

Dear Bill, Kirt and Karen.......
So enjoyed Corrinne and our many activities at Cozad High School. She was quite the piano player and we both loved our band and choral events. The stories I could tell!!! We worked so well together on the Cozad Class Reunions of Class of 1957 over the many years. Our class, with Corrinne spearheading the project, was instrumental in getting the All School Alumni organized. This yearly event has been extremely well received by all graduates. Last September at the latest reunion we visited for some time and as always recalled our memories of the years past.
I loved her as a good friend and her passion for whatever community project she might be working on.
I will miss her.....
Our love, thoughts and prayers,
Ron and Orpha McVicker

Randy Devine

February 14, 2019

So sorry of the loss of Corrinne, Bill. She was one of a kind. I didn't know her until getting a position with NMPP. She and I had a special bond being from Cozad. She even said she baby sat me one time, knowing my aunt Gloralie Beans in high school. I will always remember the great times we had discussing Cozad and the farms. She will be missed by all. We will miss the acitivities tonight and tomorrow as we will be in Grand Island for our grandaugthers cheer competition.

Randy and Karen Devine(her Cozad pals)

Raquel Felzien

February 14, 2019

Corrinne was a beautiful soul. I meet Corrinne when she was working with NMPP and we figured out she knew my grandparents Bernard and Meneda Phifer from her Broken Bow days. We shared memories of my grandparents. Prayers for Corrinne's family. Love, Raquel Phifer Felzien

Glenda Lanik

February 13, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Corrinne’s passing. I worked with Corrinne for many years at the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool. She was so smart and effective. She had a contagious smile and was fun to be around. My condolences to the family. Corrinne will be missed.
Glenda Lanik
Westminster, Colorado

Andrew Devine

February 12, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Bill, Corrinne's family, and her many friends.

Corrinne was always very kind and enlightening to me. She taught me that you can learn a lot about this world (and yourself) just by starting up a friendly conversation with a stranger.

She is missed.

Andrew Devine - Albion, NE

Lori (Peters) Kennedy

February 11, 2019

My sister, Jean, and I send our deepest sympathy to Bill, Kirk & Grace, and Karen & Mark. May God comfort you in your loss.
Jean and I have fond memories of the weeks our families spent together in Fort Collins one warm summer in the 1960's. We know that our late parents, Jim and Pat Peters, enjoyed their time with Corrinne and Bill and all of the "camping group".
You will be in our prayers.

Margaret Smith

February 11, 2019

I have so many good memories of the years when the Pedersens lived in Broken Bow. Bill was the County Extension Agent and Corrinne did so many things to make Custer County a better place. My husband Bob Smith, was on the Fair Board for those years so there were so many things that we were all involved in at the same time. We did miss you both after you retired and moved away.

I am so sorry Bill, that she is gone. This has to be very hard for you. She did do a lot with her life while she had it.
I hope that there is someone to keep Bill company.

Remembering both of you. Margaret Smith, 78625 Sumner Rd, Broken Bow NE.


February 11, 2019

We will always remember Corrinne for her knowledge, kindness and humor. We enjoyed working with her through NMPP Energy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

City of Burwell

Bob, Sandy & Amy