Corinne L. “Corky” Rotella
Mar 31, 1934 – May 22, 2017
Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother. Preceded in death by parents, Louis and Marjorie Houser; husband Rudy Rotella. Survived by daughter, Linda Rotella; sons, Tony Rotella and Al Rotella (Brenda); grandsons, Nick Rotella (Megan) and Tony Rotella (Jill); great-grandchildren: Makenna, Joseph, and Bria; brother, Glenn Houser; nephew, Chris Houser; niece, Susie Peterson (Eric).
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 25th from 5pm to 7pm at Ralston United Church of Christ, 7638 Maywood in Ralston. MEMORIAL SERVICE Friday, May 26th at 10:30am at Ralston United Church of Christ. Private Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Ralston United Church of Christ.
Corinne L. “Corky” Rotella, age 83 years. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on March 31, 1934 to Louis and Marjorie Houser. Corky attended Central High School and Omaha University (now UNO) where she belonged to Chi Omega Sorority and majored in sociology and psychology. She married her college sweetheart, Rudy J. Rotella, who was Captain and MVP of the undefeated 1954-1955 Omaha U. Tangerine Bowl championship football team. Before Rudy’s death in 2014, they were married for 59 years and raised three children: Tony, Linda, and Al.
In her twenties and thirties, Corky did fashion modeling for Brandeis and Younkers, and was Radio and TV Editor for the Sun Newspapers. In 1972 she decided to try real estate and worked as a realtor for 23 years before retiring in 1995.
Corky was an avid bowler for more than 60 years and continued to enjoy it even when her average kept going down. She loved being with her family, cooking for them and attending their school and sporting events. Corky was a member of the Ralston United Church of Christ for more than forty years. She had a strong faith and loved her church family.
I was saddened to see Corky’s notice in the paper. I am Anna Sirian’s grandaughter, Lew Sirian’s daughter, so I believe that makes us cousins, twice or thrice removed. I was at Rudy’s funeral and spoke with Corky. My best memory goes back to ’50s, when my cousin Ann Marie Sirian (Pete and Frances’s Daughter) went with my “Aunt Frances” to visit the “newleyweds”, Corky and Rudy, at their apartment. It was an upstairs apartment about 33rd and Cuming St. She was so beautiful, just a darling new bride, showing us around and Ann and I were Just in awe of her. I am very sorry for your loss…..