Cora Mae Gann

April 30, 1964 ~ April 26, 2013

Cora Mae Gann, 48, Sioux Falls, died Friday April, 26th 2013, at home surrounded by her family, after an amazing fight with illness.

Visitation will begin at 4 pm, Monday, April 29, 2013, at Heartland Funeral Home with family present from 5 until 8 pm. Funeral services will begin at 11 am, Tuesday, April 30, at Heartland Funeral Home, with Muriel Plooster officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sioux Falls.

Cora Mae Gann was born on April 30, 1964, in Rock Rapids, IA, to Osey and Dona (Overgaard) Gann. Cora loved life and all the beauty it had to offer. She gave so much passion in the things she believed in. She loved butterflies, birds, trees, antiquing, rummaging, sports and going camping, but her main love was her family and friends.
Cora worked at John Morrell for many years and part time at the arena. She then worked at Lamps and Shades as a warehouse manager and continued helping them with what she could up to the present. Whatever she did in life, she worked very hard at.

There was always excitement in Cora’s smile when she could add to her collection of marbles and Coke items. She loved sharing many of these “treasures” with loved ones. Cora would state that she was twice blessed in life because of the people she shared it with.

Throughout her life and despite her illness, Cora was a role model to all of those who were blessed to know her. She enjoyed the simple beauties in life and loved the motto “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Cora is survived by her son, Armando (Samantha) Gann; her best friend Beth Connelly and son Travis (Shelbey) Connelly; her foster parents, Jim and Cathy LeDuc, Sioux Falls; five brothers, Tim Gann, TX, Bobbi Gann, TX, Jeff Gann, Sioux City, IA, Charles Gann, Sioux Falls, and Harry Trotter, Sioux City, IA; three sisters, Jeanne Gann, Sioux Falls, Patty Gann, TX, Susie Gann, Sioux City, IA; one sister-in-law, Cammy Bladow; four grandsons who she loved being Grandma to, Damien, Gabriel, Reece and Mathias; Cora emotionally adopted her “girls,” Samantha Ladson and Shelbey Slendy who considered Cora “Mom“. Also special to Cora was the family she found in the Connelly gang, and her Grandsons’ mom, Jamie Gann.

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  • James Connelly says:

    So sorry to all the family of Cora’s she touched so many individuals in such a short time. Cora was the true definition of inspiration! One of the strongest individuals I was lucky enough to know

  • Jill Herbert Andersen says:

    My heart goes out to Cora’s family. I was so lucky to be in Girl Scouts, play in Y ball and to call Cora my friend. And wow, was she an amazing athlete! She will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Cora’s family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss!

  • Mike and Sandy Keeley says:

    Our thoughts and our prayers go out to Cathy and Jim LeDuc and all of Cora’s family during this difficult time. Cora had a loving couple in Cathy and Jim who loved and cared for Cora.

    May GOD Bless Cora and may she rest in peace.

    Mike and Sandy Keeley

  • Camille and Mark Hinrickson says:

    Our thoughts and Prayers to Beth and Cora’s family.

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