Thelma Rae Cordisco

July 24, 1924September 5, 2013

Thelma Rae Cordisco was born July 24, 1924, and passed away September 5, 2013, at the age of 89. Thelma was born in Foxholm, North Dakota. She was the youngest of three children born to parents, Ray and Mary Zinninger. She lived on the family homestead built by her grandfather, Jens Glein. She was beautiful, adventurous, hard-working, and helpful to her family. She attended school in Foxholm and was a fine basketball player. After graduation, she moved West for more employment opportunities in Washington. Thelma never forgot her roots in North Dakota and returned to help out and to visit each year. She met her future husband, Michael Cordisco, and they married on October 13, 1945. Mike worked in construction, and Thelma was employed in the upholstery business. They welcomed a son, Michael on May 28, 1948. The couple lived in Lynnwood, WA, and in their "spare" time, built their first house together, followed by three more. Thelma and Mike shared 54 wonderful years together until his death in 1999. Eventually, she moved to Marysville, WA. Thelma was preceded in death by parents, Ray and Mary Zinninger; husband, Michael Cordisco; and brother, Chester Zinninger. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Sharon Cordisco of Monroe, WA; brother and sister-in-law, William and Polly Zinninger of North Dakota; special friends, the Goodman family, Southworth-Hallberg family, and the Shultz family; and many dear cousins and friends. She was a most beloved woman who will be deeply missed. She was thoughtful, caring, and loved her family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, reading, Mariners baseball, gardening, and spending time with loved ones. We cherish the memories. Mom always said "I'm not much of a cook!", but nothing could be further from the truth. In addition to wonderful home cooking, her PIES were legendary. She excelled in so many areas and was as gifted sewing or creating beautiful handcrafted items as she was putting a roof on a house. She faced life's challenges with grace, courage, and strength. Thelma expressed to us that she felt fortunate and blessed to have lived 89 wonderful years, and she was at peace. Visitation will be held Monday, September 16, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Purdy & Walters-Floral Hills, Lynnwood, WA. Service at 12:00 p.m. with graveside service to follow. Reception at Lombardi's Restaurant, 19409 Bothell - Everett Highway, Mill Creek, WA. We are grateful for the compassionate assistance from the staff of Providence Hospice and Home Care and Merrill Gardens in Marysville, WA. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.


  • Visitation Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Graveside Funeral Service Monday, September 16, 2013

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September 24, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
What an amazing person she
are blessed. Don and Marlene York

Michael and Sharon Cordisco

September 19, 2013

Sincere thanks to everyone for signing the guestbook and sharing memories of time spent with mom. The common thread is heard throughout - she was thoughtful, fun, caring, and generous with her time and talents throughout her lifetime. Her neighbors in Marysville did watch out for her, and she shared a story with us about the time she did her best to get up on a ladder to clean the gutters. In typical style, she never asks for help and was independent and felt she could do everything on her own without assistance. She watched out the window, checking to see that people were off to work, etc., and the coast was clear, drug out the ladder and was up to clean her gutters. She almost got away with it, but someone spotted her and insisted she let them take care of it and they did the whole job. Curses! Foiled again. HA!

We love her and will miss her so much. She had a full life and enriched ours as well. Thank you for your prayers and condolences.

Michael and Sharon

September 16, 2013

Michael & Corkie,
We're so sorry for your loss. May your memories of joyous times keep your heart full. With love & hugs, Drew & Cindy Ferraro & family, and the rest of your "Thumb" family <3

Terry Huebner

September 14, 2013

What a loss for you guys. Your mom (and your dad) really were special people, I loved them both. It was always so much fun to see your folks and Helga and Veik on their monthly visits that we witnessed for many many years. Helga and Thelma were the definition of real girlfriends! They were so blessed to have had that kind of friendship. I can hear your moms laugh as clear as a bell as I write this. I know how hard it is to lose your mother, you will be in my prayers!

September 14, 2013

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2.

John Bell

September 14, 2013

Thelma (and Mike) were wonderful, salt-of-the-earth people who were the most caring, warm folks you'd ever want to meet. I loved them like my own parents. I've missed Mike for a number of years, and now I'll miss Thelma, too. I feel blessed to have known them.

Sheila Ward

September 13, 2013

Back in the 60's I was fortunate to rent a lovely home on the Mukilteo Spdwy from your mom and dad. They were living in a home on a cul-de-sac to the rear. What wonderful landlords they were. The yard of our rental was beautiful .. I had no experience at gardening but soon learned with Thelma's help how to weed, plant & care for roses and keep the lawn beautiful.
I also learned how life can be so strange & interesting in the paths it leads us down. I had a favorite and much loved aunt Bessie. What a coincidence to learn from Thelma that my aunt Bessie had been a close friend of hers when they were young.
She and Mike were such special people. When I eventually moved from their rental .. Mike insisted on helping us move into our new place!
I often thought of them through the years and am pleased to know how much they were loved by others as well.
My best to your family.

Phil & Kathy Murray

September 11, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to you during these difficult times. Though we were only neighbors for the last 5 years, we truly loved the inspirational and motivational young-at-heart woman we grew to know in your mom. We treasured our visits and more often shared laughs about many things. The first time we met Thelma, we had just moved into the house across the street and here comes this beautiful sweet woman with her tennis shoes on wanting to help unload huge trees from the back of our truck (and was quick to inform us that she was stronger than she looked!). She guided our wheel barrels through the gate and into the back yard over and over and over! I will always think of your mom when I admire those trees ? So many reasons we adored her: spoiling us with her homemade pies, coming across the street with strawberry smoothies or a glass of lemonade because “you look like you're working too hard and thought you could use a break”; borrowing books back and forth and sharing the many stories about her youth, you, and what a great cook your dad was. Once when we were on vacation something happened to our garage door and it opened for no apparent reason. Thelma, George and Lila all took it upon themselves to make sure the door shut and was secure while we were gone. She laughed out loud as she told us about how funny it was trying to get out of the garage before the door came down on them and getting over the beam. She was the perfect example of the fairy-tale neighbor we all want to have. We will miss her smile, her giggle, her hugs, and her wave as we pass. We are very thankful to God that Thelma Cordisco touched our lives.

Martha Carlson

September 9, 2013

Mike & Family,

I was sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. My sister Grace, Aunt Ida and I went to see your Mom recently and took her out to lunch at Applebee's. We had a nice visit and during our visit, your Mom told us that she was ready to go to be with her loved ones that had gone on before.

Your Mom has always been a part of our family circle. In North Dakota and then when she came out West to Seattle. When your Mom worked at Boeing, she would come to my Mom's apartment and ride the bus with Mom and Ruth Nelson who was Mom's room mate at that time. All 3 of them worked for Boeing.

Your Mom will be missed very much. She was always a part of my life - from the day I was born until the day that God called her home!