Obituary Details

Regina C. Corman

(11/30/-0001 - 10/31/1929)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 11/07/1929

Mrs. Corman Succumbs to Injury; Other Wreck Victims Recovering

Entire Community Plunged Into Sorrow Over Death of Popular Young Woman; Funeral Services in Lusk Sunday, Interment at Youngstown, Ohio

Mrs. Regina C. Corman, wife of Dr. John A. Corman, passed away at the Douglas Hospital at 1:00 o'clock last Thursday afternoon, as a result of injuries received on the previous Saturday, when the Hudson car driven by Dr. Corman left the road 5 1/2 miles west of Douglas, and plunged into a bank.

It was at first thought that Mrs. Corman was on the road to recovery, but her condition took a sudden turn Wednesday night, and she gradually sank until death came at 1:00 o'clock. She was conscious to the end, and was herself unaware that death was only a matter of a few hours.

The immediate cause of death was a basal fracture of the skull, which affected the nerve centers controlling the respiratory organs. After having survived her injuries for almost a week, friends and the immediate family of Mrs. Corman believed her to be on the road to recovery, but her physicians insisted all along that her condition was critical. Besides suffering a fractured skull, broken nose and jaw, Mrs. Corman also sustained serious internal injuries.

The accident, which was one of the most serious of a series of accidents at the same spot, apparently was the result of Dr. Corman's failure to see the curve sign at the Reliance Well, east of Douglas, or the poor visibility caused by the black oiled road. The curve sign is said to be far on the highway. Dr. Corman insists that he was not traveling fast when the accident happened, and that it had taken him two hours and sixteen minutes to come from Casper to the scene of the accident, which is 48 miles.

The other victims of the accident, Mr. and Mrs. Norris Hartwell and their son, Norris, Jr., are making satisfactory progress, according to hospital authorities, and it is predicted they will be out in a short time. Mr. Hartwell's head, which was badly cut and bruised, is healing, and Mrs. Hartwell's condition is reported much improved. Norris, Jr's fractured leg is also causing no concern, although he will be in the hospital for some time.


In commenting on the accident, The Douglas Enterprise says: "Since the accident there has been a good deal of agitation for a more effectual marking of the highway at this point. During the past few weeks several mishaps have occurred there, and in some of these persons familiar with the road have figured. Since the completion of the oiled surface, true enough, it is common for motorists to "step on 'er," as they come from the west, and this, with the slight decline for some considerable distance endangers all concerned. A guard rail or a large warning sign, it is declared, would eliminate many of the accidents and afford ample notification to all of the curve."


Funeral services for Mrs. Corman were held at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Lusk at 3:00 Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Corman was a devout member of the church, and also a member of the Regina Club of the Church, which arranged for the service.

The services were simple as well as beautiful, and were conducted by Rev. Father Fiddalis of Douglas, who said prayers for the departed and gave a comforting sermon. Music was rendered by the choir composed of Mrs. John Cordell, Miss Steffan and Mrs. Frank Barrett, accompanied by Mrs. Kuhn at the organ. Mrs. Barrett also rendered a beautiful solo, "Thy Will Be Done."

The pallbearers were John Cordell, George Bigson, Foster Rogers, Dr. Stenner, F. W. Chambers and R. I. Olinger. The honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Reeves and Mrs. Chambers, representing the Legion Auxiliary; Mrs. Geo. Gibson and Mrs. Al Buibault, representing the Regina Club, and Mrs. Templeton and Mrs. Stenner, representing the wives of the members of the Lions Club. The Legion, Lions and the Legion Auxiliary all met and marched in a body from the Peet undertaking parlor to the church.

After the church services, the remains were taken to the Peet mortuary, where hundreds of friends called to pay their respects to one of the city's most popular and beloved young women. The remains, accompanied by Dr. Corman and Jackie, were sent east on the Sunday night train, interment to be made at her old home at Youngstown, Ohio, where she has a father and four sisters.

The Lusk Herald

November 14, 1929


Scores of Old Friends Attend Last Rite for Popular Lusk Woman at Youngstown

Dr. John A. Corman with his little son Jackie arrived back in Lusk Tuesday morning from Youngstown, Ohio, after accompanying the remains and attending the funeral of Mrs. Corman, who passed away as the result of the automobile accident near Douglas.

The funeral for Mrs. Corman was held last Thursday morning, Nov. 7, at 9:00 o'clock a.m., from St. Edward's Catholic Church. The services included the saying of solemn requiem high mass, the highest honor which the church can pay to one of it's deceased members who had kept the faith.

The remains of Mrs. Corman arrived in Youngstown last Wednesday and were taken to the home of her father, Thomas J. Quigley, 77 Saranac Avenue, where hundreds of her old friends came to pay their last respects.

Mrs. Corman, who before her marriage five years ago to Dr. J. A. Corman, was Miss Regina Quigley, a life-long resident of Youngstown, was a graduate of the South High School of that city. Besides her husband and son Jackie, she is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Joseph J. Tyrrell, Mrs. Lucy Dahlman, Mrs. Fred Cregan and Mrs. Walter Leo, all residents of Youngstown. Interment was made in the Quigley family plot at Cavalry Cemetery in Youngstown.

The funeral was attended by many of her schoolmates, and by a delegation from the Lions Club of that city.

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